The Faulkner University Eagles won their first-ever NAIA Baseball National Championship, defeating the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 11-4 in the final. RHP Johnny Shuttlesworth got his 16th win of the season, and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. (The record for wins is 19, set by Dan Quisenberry in 1975.) He allowed 14 hits over 7 1/3 innings, but only four earned runs. He threw 122 pitches.

The Eagles got all the runs they needed in the second inning, jumping on Warriors starter RHP Ryan Sells. Sells also plays shortstop for the Warriors (he batted .338 for the season), and this was only his fifth start. The winning run came on a two-RBI single by DH Michael Cruz.

The Warriors had some chances to get back in the game. The best one was in the bottom of the fourth. They started the inning with two straight singles, and had the bases loaded with one out, but the Eagles turned the only double play of the game to get Shuttlesworth out of the jam.

RF David Bishop hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. He was 3-for-5 for the game, with two RBI and two runs scored. Cruz finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Attendance: 4,265

Cody Faulkner, a sophomore LHP from Irving, TX, pitched the fourth no-hitter in the history of the National Championship tournament, and the first since 1992. He led Northwood (TX) to a 1-0 win in an elimination game over Sterling.

Faulkner threw 94 pitches. He walked two, and they were the only baserunners the Warriors had. One of them was taken out in a double play.

The only run of the game came in the top of the first inning. 3B Logan Brumley hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a walk, and moved to third on a bunt single by SS Elvin Rodriguez. He scored on a sacrifice fly by C Adam Humes.

Warriors ace Steven Cazares went the distance for the Warriors. He threw 131 pitches, and came close to matching Faulker's performance. He allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out six.

Box score and play-by-play
NAIA press release

In other action, York was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to Rogers State. #1 Faulkner won their opening game in another good pitching duel, 2-0 over Missouri Baptist. Johnny Shuttlesworth and Labradford Griffis combined for the shutout. Shuttlesworth got his 15th win of the year, went seven innings, allowed five hits, struck out four. C Zac Colby singled in both runs of the game in the seventh inning.

Lee defeated Lewis-Clark 14-11. Lee 1B Karsten Strieby hit a home run that cleared the center field fence.

Schedule for Monday, May 27 (all times PDT):

9 AM: Rogers State vs. Missouri Baptist (loser out)
noon: Northwood vs. Lewis-Clark State (loser out)
3 PM: The Master's vs. Faulkner
6:30 PM: Embry-Riddle vs. Lee

Monday, 20 May 2013 22:32

National Championship preview

Schedule for the first two days of the 57th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

9 AM: #8 seed Sterling (48-12) vs. #9 Missouri Baptist (35-12)

Sterling (Sterling, KS) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Warriors
Rankings: #15 in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
Quality wins: Oklahoma City, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1-1 vs. York
Top position players: IF Joe Battaglia (.422, 10 HR, 63 RBI), IF Joe Williams (.395), OF Jared Forbush (.391)
Top pitchers: RHP Steven Cazares (9-1, 0.86 ERA), RHP Daniel Cloteaux (10-3, 2.81 ERA, 70 K). Cazare's ERA is second-lowest in the NAIA.
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, second season
Outlook: Happy to be here.

Missouri Baptist (Saint Louis) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Spartans
Rankings: #20 in coaches' poll, #23 in ISR. SoS: #56
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, including a 19-inning win in the final of the Kingsport bracket. 1-1 vs. Cumberland, 1-1 vs. Lindsey Wilson
Top position players: IF Patrick Johnson (.387), OF Ryan Gunhouse (.373, 7 HR, 40 RBI), IF Pier Olivier-Dostaler (.322, 34 RBI), IF Joseph Taylor (.241, 9 HR, 43 RBI). Olivier-Dostaler is one of six Canadians on the Spartans' roster, and they also have two Puerto Ricans.
Top pitchers: RHP Ethan Gibbons (10-0, 2.09 ERA, 85 K), RHP Julien Soucy (5-2, 1.90 ERA)
Coach: Eddy Uschold, 14th season
Outlook: The Spartans will go home with a win.

The Rieleros de Aguascalientes (“Railroaders”) split a Mexican League double-header at home against the Saraperos de Saltillo (“Serape Makers”) on May 15. The Rieleros won the first game 7-3, and lost the second game 10-4. A double-header (two seven-inning games) was played because of a rainout the previous night.

First game: The starters were Fredy Quintero for the Rieleros, and Victor Garate for the Saraperos. Quintero was in the Dodgers organization in 2008 and 2009. Garate, a Venezuelan left-hander, made four appearances for the Nationals in 2009. He was in the Astros, Dodgers, and Brewers organizations from 2005 to 2012.

Neither of the starters lasted very long. The Saraperos opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly by CF Jesus Cota in the top of the first. The Rieleros answered with an RBI single by CF Rene Reyes and a two-RBI double by 1B Willis Otanez. (Otanez played three games for the Orioles in 1998, and split the 1999 season between the Orioles and Blue Jays; he hit seven home runs in 1999.)

In the top of the third inning, Rufino Candelario reached first on an error with one out. He was forced out at second when 3B Henry Mateo hit a ground ball, and Mateo reached on a fielder's choice. (Mateo is a Dominican Republican who played six seasons with the Expos/Nationals.) The Saraperos then executed a perfect hit-and-run. Daniel Castro hit a slash bunt toward the shortstop, and Mateo had a good enough head start so that there was no play. A walk loaded the bases, but a fly out ended the inning with the bases loaded.

Monday, 13 May 2013 17:20

2013 Opening Round Results, part II

Missouri Baptist will be making their first-ever trip to the National Championship tournament. They defeated defending champion Tennessee Wesleyan 4-3 (19 innings) in the “if necessary” game of the Kingsport bracket. The Spartans led 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, and starter Ethan Gibbons held the Bulldogs to seven hits over the first eight innings; the only run he allowed was on a wild pitch. The Spartans got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by C Garrett Vail, and two runs in the seventh on a home run by DH Joe Stropp. Gibbons got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the next two batters got base hits. The next batter hit a ground ball to second that should have ended the game, but it was bobbled, and a run scored. The Bulldogs sent it into extra innings with an RBI single by CF Travis Burnside.

The Bulldogs left the winning run on third in the bottom of the tenth and 15th. The Spartans left the bases loaded in the top of the 12th, and left runers on second in the tenth, 13th, 14th, and 16th innings. The Spartans got the winning run when SS Patrick Johnson opened the 19th with a single, went to second on a walk, and was bunted to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Vail.

Saturday, 11 May 2013 22:08

2013 Opening Round Results, part I

Seven of the nine Opening Round brackets were decided today, and two “if necessary” games will be played on Monday, May 13.

Sterling was the first team to qualify for this year's National Championship tournament. They won the Oklahoma City bracket by defeating Oklahoma City 1-0 in the final. Steven Cazares pitched a three-hit shutout for the Warriors. The only run of the game came on an RBI single by C Ian Josh in the second inning.

The Warriors got to the final by defeating Science and Arts of Oklahoma 8-5, and Jamestown 13-3. DH Andrew Clark hit a grand slam home run against USAO; Daniel Cloteaux got the win, despite allowing 13 hits and walking four in six inning of work (story). The Warriors got six runs in the first inning against Jamestown, led by a bases-loaded triple by 3B Anthony Feliciano. Feliciano, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, had a total of six RBI for the game. The Warriors used four pitchers, gave up 14 hits (story).

This will be Sterling's first-ever appearance in the National Championship tournament. The school is located in Sterling, KS. It has 674 students, and supports 16 varsity sports.

Monday, 06 May 2013 12:20

2013 Opening Round Brackets

Watch this site for updates on sites for each bracket and live video. Click here for the NAIA's schedule and results page.

Bracket Team
Claremore Bracket 1. Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Official site 2. Bellevue (Neb.)
Live video for a price 3. Lyon (Ark.)
Hosted by Rogers State University - Claremore, Okla. 4. Rogers State (Okla.)
  5. Midland (Neb.)
   
Cleveland Bracket 1. Lee (Tenn.)
Official site (PDF) 2. Madonna (Mich.)
Live audio 3. LSU Shreveport (La.)
Hosted by Lee University- Cleveland, Tenn. 4. Avila (Mo.)
  5. Grand View (Iowa)
   
Daytona Beach Bracket 1. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Official site 2. Concordia (Calif.)
Live video for a price 3. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla. 4. Ave Maria (Fla.)
  5. Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
   
Hattiesburg Bracket 1. Northwood (Texas)
Official site 2. Oklahoma Baptist
Hosted by William Carey University - Hattiesburg, Miss. 3. William Carey (Miss.)
  4. Central Methodist (Mo.)
  5. South Carolina Beaufort
   
Joliet Bracket 1. York (Neb.)
Official site 2. Cumberland (Tenn.)
Live video for a price 3. Judson (Ill.)
Hosted by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference - Joliet, Ill. 4. Mayville State (N.D.)
  5. Trinity Christian (Ill.)
   
Kingsport Bracket 1. Tennessee Wesleyan
Official site 2. Point Park (Pa.)
Hosted by Appalachian Athletic Conference - Kingsport, Tenn. 3. Missouri Baptist
  4. Taylor (Ind.)
  5. Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.)
   
Montgomery Bracket 1. Faulkner (Ala.)
Official site 2. Texas Wesleyan
Live audio 3. Georgetown (Ky.)
Hosted by Faulkner University - Montgomery, Ala. 4. Indiana Tech
  5. Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
   
Oklahoma City Bracket 1. Oklahoma City
Official site 2. Sterling (Kan.)
Live video for a price 3. Science & Arts (Okla.)
Hosted by Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, Okla. 4. Northwestern (Iowa)
  5. Jamestown (N.D.)
   
Santa Clarita Bracket 1. The Master's (Calif.)
Official site 2. Cal State San Marcos
Live video for a price 3. San Diego Christian (Calif.)
Hosted by The Master's College, Santa Clarita, Calif. 4. Tabor (Kan.)
  5. Concordia (Ore.)
Sunday, 05 May 2013 17:39

Top 25 and recap for May 5

The NAIA Coaches' poll for May 5, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

7

2

Faulkner (AL)

47-10

581

2

10

1

Oklahoma City

47-10

580

3

6

3

Lee (TN)

46-10

547

4

28

5

Lubbock Christian (TX)

42-15

525

5

11

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

45-13

505

6

16

4

Northwood (TX)

39-11

501

7

1

7

The Master’s (CA)

40-15

489

8

12

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

43-16

454

9

21

11

York (NE)

41-10

434

10

2

10

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

38-13

415

T11

3

12

Cal State San Marcos

35-10

388

T11

24

9

Bellevue (NE)

44-8-1

388

13

13

13

Cumberland (TN)

39-17-1

343

14

31

15

Oklahoma Baptist

41-17

323

15

40

18

Sterling (KS)

45-12

302

16

27

17

Texas Wesleyan

40-16

298

17

5

14

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

34-19

286

18

22

19

Madonna (MI)

36-9

232

19

51

21

Point Park (PA)

39-14

228

20

32

16

Missouri Baptist

31-11

220

21

19

20

Georgetown (KY)

35-17

196

22

14

23

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

42-18

166

23

29

25

Science & Arts (OK)

40-17

149

24

26

RV

LSU Shreveport

40-16

147

25

20

24

William Carey (MS)

35-21

143


4


San Diego Christian (CA)

37-18



8


Arizona Christian

28-23



9


Menlo (CA)

33-19



15


Westmont (CA)

24-26



17


Vanguard (CA)

22-27



18


British Columbia

26-18



23


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

39-18



25


Biola (CA)

25-26


Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:16

Top 25 and recap for April 30

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 30, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below the fold.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

9

1

Oklahoma City

44-10

524

2

7

2

Faulkner (AL)

44-10

516

3

6

4

Lee (TN)

43-10

486

4

16

3

Northwood (TX)

38-10

481

5

31

5

Lubbock Christian (TX)

39-14

455

6

11

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

40-12

445

7

1

8

The Master’s (CA)

37-15

422

8

14

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

39-15

401

9

20

12

Bellevue (NE)

44-7-1

396

10

2

7

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

38-13

380

11

22

10

York (NE)

39-10

348

12

5

13

Cal State San Marcos

32-10

320

13

13

11

Cumberland (TN)

38-17

317

14

3

14

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

33-17

308

15

30

15

Oklahoma Baptist

39-16

289

16

32

16

Missouri Baptist

31-9

268

17

26

17

Texas Wesleyan

39-13

260

18

43

18

Sterling (KS)

42-12

219

19

21

24

Madonna (MI)

33-7

193

20

19

19

Georgetown (KY)

35-17

188

21

55

25

Point Park (PA)

38-13

166

22

46

20

Lyon (AR)

41-13

161

23

12

22

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

41-16

155

24

23

RV

William Carey (MS)

33-20

112

25

29

RV

Science & Arts (OK)

38-16

92


4


San Diego Christian (CA)

35-16



8


Arizona Christian

28-21



10


Menlo (CA)

30-17



15


Westmont (CA)

24-26



17


British Columbia

25-16



18


Vanguard (CA)

22-27



24


Biola (CA)

25-26



25


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

37-17


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