Between COVID and the cold, action on college diamonds has been throttled so far this season. With its earlier start date, a handful of NAIA teams have been able to string together a couple weeks of action, but single-digit game totals is still the norm around the country so far. As a result there isn’t much of a shakeup in the first small school rankings update. There have only been a few minor adjustments to the NAIA positioning and their NCAA counterparts remain unchanged.
Top-rated Tennessee Wesleyan has performed as predicted out of the gate with a perfect 6-0 record. The Bulldogs outscored Marian and IU Southeast by a combined 80-14 margin and have been dominating both at the plate and on the mound.
Offensively, shortstop Gary Mattis, designated hitter Zach Houguisson, and first baseman Alex Flock each have already hit six home runs; that’s not a combined total either, they’ve amazingly each accomplished that task. Even more mind-blowingly incredible is that Mattis performed the feat in only 12 at-bats. The trio is batting a combined .596 with 29 runs, 91 total bases and only three strikeouts in 52 at-bats. The offense isn’t limited to just those three players either. The team is batting a collective .403 and has achieved a double-digit run total in each of their six contests.
The TWU pitchers have been nearly as dominant. Only once in their six games has an opponent mustered to plate more than a single run. In 45 innings on the mound the Bulldog staff has struck out 55 batters and only allowed 26 hits to hold opposition to a .164 batting average.
Tennessee Wesleyan was supposed to host another quality team off to a hot start in Cumberlands this week, but the game was called due to weather. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs’ winning ways and dominance will be tested. Their next eight games are all against teams currently in the Perfect Game Top 25 as they are scheduled to face Indiana Tech, Georgia Gwinnett and Reinhardt.
|1||1||Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs||TN||6-0||3-0|
|4||5||St. Thomas Bobcats||FL||4-4||3-1|
|6||7||LSU Shreveport Pilots||LA||2-2||0-0|
|8||8||Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies||GA||4-2||3-0|
|10||10||Indiana Southeast Grenadiers||IN||3-3||0-3|
|12||12||Oklahoma City Stars||OK||2-2||0-0|
|13||13||Benedicine Mesa Redhawks||AZ||7-4||2-3|
|16||16||Central Methodist Eagles||MO||4-0||0-0|
|NR||18||Lewis-Clark State Warriors||ID||7-1||3-0|
|19||19||Indiana Tech Warriors||IN||0-0||0-0|
|21||21||Wayland Baptist Pioneers||TX||6-2||0-0|
|23||23||Central Baptist Mustangs||AK||2-2||0-0|
Dropped Out: Arizona Christian
At the NCAA D-II level, only half the teams have been able to take to the diamond so far this spring. There haven’t been any big surprises and consequently there are no changes to the rankings.
The biggest series to-date was played on the opening weekend when top-ranked Angelo State visited 17th-ranked Texas Tyler. The Rams had two lopsided wins over the Patriots, but were also edged 2-1 by UT Tyler when ASU left 14 runners on base in a defeat. Preseason Player of the Year favorite Josh Elvir has continued his string of impressive hitting as he had at least one hit in each of the contests, which also included a home run.
|1||1||Angelo State Rams||TX||2-1||0-0|
|2||2||Central Missouri Mules||MO||3-1||0-0|
|3||3||Colorado Mesa Mavericks||CO||0-0||0-0|
|5||5||North Greenville Crusaders||SC||1-0||1-0|
|6||6||Mount Olive Trojans||NC||1-0||1-0|
|9||9||Columbus St. Cougars||GA||0-0||0-0|
|10||10||Minnesota State Mavericks||MN||0-0||0-0|
|11||11||Georgia College Bobcats||GA||0-0||0-0|
|12||12||West Texas A&M Buffs||TX||5-1||2-0|
|13||13||North Georgia Nighthawks||GA||5-1||3-0|
|14||14||Southern Arkansas Muleriders||AR||2-1||2-1|
|15||15||Delta State Statesmen||MS||1-2||0-0|
|16||16||Azusa Pacific Cougars||CA||0-0||0-0|
|17||17||Texas Tyler Patriots||TX||4-2||3-0|
|19||19||Nova Southeastern Sharks||FL||0-0||0-0|
|20||20||East Stroudsburg Warriors||PA||0-0||0-0|
|22||22||UNC Pembroke Braves||NC||2-0||2-0|
No teams in the D-III Top 25 have played yet this season.
|2||2||Southern Maine Huskies||ME||0-0||0-0|
|3||3||Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets||VA||0-0||0-0|
|5||5||Cal Lutheran Kingsmen||CA||0-0||0-0|
|6||6||North Central Cardinals||IL||0-0||0-0|
|8||8||Cortland State Red Dragons||NY||0-0||0-0|
|11||11||Texas Lutheran Bulldogs||TX||0-0||0-0|
|13||13||Johns Hopkins Blue Jays||MD||0-0||0-0|
|22||22||Heidelberg Student Princes||OH||0-0||0-0|
|23||21||Concordia University Chicago Cougars||IL||0-0||0-0|
|25||25||Christopher Newport Captains||VA||0-0||0-0|