DII championship season is upon us
This past week, both the DII men’s and women’s golf selections were announced. Nine teams and four individuals begin regional competition on May 3 for the women, while 64 teams and 24 individuals kick off play on May 6 for the men. DBU was the No. 1 team in the country for the women, while West Florida enters tournament play as the top men’s team.
On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the DII men’s and women’s tennis brackets will be filled out right here on NCAA.com. You can catch the men’s at 8 p.m. ET and the women’s right after 8:30 p.m. ET. Click the links below to watch:
No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in DII women’s lacrosse
On Sunday, May 2, Lindenwood and Indianapolis will face off in the GLVC women’s lacrosse championship. The two teams also came in atop the latest IWLCA rankings, with the 13-0 Lions holding down the No. 1 spot and 13-1 Greyhounds right behind. It’s the first women’s lacrosse championship game in conference history.
Abigail Lagos leads the way for UIndy’s top-scoring offense. Lagos has 56 goals, one of four Greyhounds with more than 30 goals, for an offense that’s averaging 20.92 goals per game. Erin McGuire has had a monster season for Lindenwood, leading the team in goals (32) and assists (40).
DII baseball Power 10 for the week of May 2
All games and stats through Saturday, May 1
1. Colorado Mesa | Previous: No. 1 — The Mavericks have now won 18 in a row, winning two last Sunday and two more on Monday after claiming No. 1 in last week’s rankings. As a reminder, this team is averaging 14.2 runs per game, well ahead of the pace Savannah State set in its record-breaking 2000 season.
2. Central Missouri | Previous: 2 — Ho hum. The Mules have won 24 games in a row. They certainly had to work to win both games on Saturday against Northwest Missouri State, however. Despite falling behind 3-0 early, Mason Green — one of our pitchers to watch down the stretch — settled in and improved to 9-0 with an 11-strikeout performance. This is another lineup that opposing pitchers dread facing: the Mules are hitting .347 with 63 home runs.
3. Tampa | Previous: 3 — The Spartans are back in the groove, now winners of seven in a row. It’s odd, normally around this time of year, we’re focusing on the three or four MLB draft-bound superstars on the Tampa roster, but this has been an all-around team effort. The Spartans team ERA of 2.67 is top 5 in DII, while newcomer E.J. Cumbo continues to lead the lineup, pacing the team with a .371 average and five home runs.
4. West Texas A&M | Previous: 4 — Nothing new to report here, as the Buffs had their weekend series against Texas A&M-Kingsville canceled. But at 29-4 with a statement series win over Angelo State, West Texas A&M isn’t going anywhere. Keone Givens is quietly putting up a player-of-the-year campaign, now hitting .358 with 20 of his 43 hits going for extra bases to go along with 17 stolen bases.
5. Mount Olive | Previous: 9 — The Trojans closed their regular season not only winners of seven in a row, but the top team in Conference Carolinas with yet another title. They are awaiting the CC tournament, which begins on April 28. There is plenty to like about this team, but balance is key: Mount Olive is hitting .301 overall with a combined 3.53 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
6. Lee | Previous: 8— The Flames start a series on Sunday against a Mississippi College team fighting for its Gulf South lives. Still, they’re back on track, winners of five in a row after a midweek thumping of Young Harris. We’ve talked plenty about ace Logan Workman, but how about a little love for the guy putting things away for Lee? Andy Rivera is tied for the DII baseball lead with eight saves while pitching to a 0.77 ERA and 0.69 WHIP on the season.
7. Angelo State | Previous: 5 — I dinged the Rams just a bit because of a midweek loss to Lubbock Christian, but at 26-6 and two impressive victories to open the weekend series, this team is plenty good. Ace Trent Baker was sharp on Saturday, dealing eight, two-hit shutout innings while striking out 13 and walking none. While we always have our eyes on Josh Elvir, how about the breakout of Aaron Walters? He’s hitting .385 with nine doubles and five home runs as a key piece in this big offense.
8. Minnesota State | Previous: (10 tied) — These Mavericks have been up and down the Power 10 rankings all season, but they are clicking. Winners of seven in a row, and a perfect 10-0 at home, Minnesota State is 24-4 on the season with the series loss to Minot State the lone blip on the radar. Joey Werner continues to crush it at the plate, now hitting .415 with 13 extra base hits while Collin Denk, Jon Ludwig, Nick Altermatt and Cam Kline are all unkind starting pitchers to opposing lineups.
9. Catawba | Previous: No. 7 — Catawba ended the season on fire, finishing with 32 wins amid a 13-game winning streak that was snapped on Saturday in a stunner from the SAC tournament. The Indians erased a 7-0 lead, but fell in extra innings. Still, this team has time to prepare and rest for a run in the tournament, where they will very likely earn an at-large bid despite the early exit from their conference tournament.
10 Illinois Springfield| First five out — We welcome the Prairie Stars to the top-10 this week despite a Saturday spilt. Overall, this team is 26-4, including 18-2 over their last 20. We’ve gushed about Zion Pettigrew all season, but keep an eye on Kal Youngquist who is now hitting .482 with a 1.443 OPS and a DII-best 18 doubles to go along with eight home runs.
First five out (in alphabetical order)
This week, we have a tie in the first five out for the first time in the history of our Power 10 rankings.
- Augustana (SD) — I’ve been the high man on them all season, but two doubleheader splits this week sees the Vikings drop just outside the top 10.
- Azusa Pacific — The Cougars continue to pile up weekend series wins, this week taking three of four from Point Loma.
- Lindenwood — The Lions have won six of their last seven and have nice balance on the bump and at the plate.
- Northwest Nazarene — The Nighthawks have won seven in a row and are now 23-5 on the season. They also have one major accomplishment on their resume: they are one of two teams to beat Colorado Mesa.
- North Greenville — The Crusaders are hitting .354 with 60 home runs, but as they await the CC tournament, we know that this time of year is all about pitching. They will need to step it up in that department to survive.
- Seton Hill — The Griffins are a walk-off home run away from being 21-1 and winners of seven in a row. Instead, they took a huge weekend series three games to one against a very good Mercyhurst team.
In the conversation (also alphabetical): Charleston (WV), Columbus State, Missouri Southern, Southern New Hampshire, Quincy, UNC Pembroke, West Florida