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


The NAIA has announced that the agreement with Lewis-Clark State for hosting the Baseball National Championship has been extended for three more years, and the championship tournament will be held at Harris Field in Lewiston, ID through 2016. The dates have already been set: May 23–30, 2014, May 22–29, 2015, and May 27–June 3, 2016. The field will continue to be ten teams, and Lewis-Clark State will continue to get an automatic bid.

Click here to read the NAIA's press release.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:14

Top 25 and recap for April 23

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 23, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

9

1

Oklahoma City

40-9

560

2

7

4

Faulkner (AL)

40-10

535

3

13

3

Northwood (TX)

37-9

524

4

4

2

Lee (TN)

38-10

507

5

29

6

Lubbock Christian (TX)

36-13

486

6

12

8

Embry-Riddle (FL)

37-12

452

7

1

5

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-11

438

8

2

9

The Master’s (CA)

34-15

431

9

15

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

35-15

417

10

18

14

York (NE)

36-9

400

11

10

12

Cumberland (TN)

37-15-1

387

12

19

6

Bellevue (NE)

38-7-1

367

13

6

13

Cal State San Marcos

30-9

342

14

3

13

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

31-16

321

15

32

19

Oklahoma Baptist

35-15

268

16

27

22

Missouri Baptist

28-9

265

17

33

25

Texas Wesleyan

37-13

246

18

41

20

Sterling (KS)

40-11

221

19

16

RV

Georgetown (KY)

33-15

210

20

40

16

Lyon (AR)

40-12

198

21

31

RV

Belhaven (MS.)

34-17

159

22

17

21

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

38-16

154

23

52

15

Rogers State (OK)

30-17

132

24

24

RV

Madonna (MI)

27-7

114

25

60

RV

Point Park (PA)

35-13

109


5


San Diego Christian (CA)

31-16



8


Arizona Christian

27-19



11


Menlo (CA)

30-17



14


Westmont (CA)

24-23



20


Vanguard (CA)

21-25



21


Biola (CA)

25-23



22


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

35-16



23


British Columbia

23-14



25


William Carey (MS)

31-19


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