Donate

Support this site!

 

NCBWA logo

 
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 18:18

Top 25 and recap for April 3

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 3, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

4

2

LSU-Shreveport

30-3

523

2

11

3

Oklahoma City

28-6

493

3

3

1

Lee (TN)

35-6-1

490

4

5

4

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-9

480

5

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

28-6

475

6

9

8

Faulkner (AL)

31-9

421

7

19

6

Oklahoma Baptist

29-7

416

8

17

9

Point Park (PA)

28-3

411

9

10

10

Spring Arbor (MI)

24-3

382

10

8

7

Tennessee Wesleyan

28-8

369

11

2

14

Concordia (CA)

24-11

364

12

6

15

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

25-8

347

13

35

11

Lubbock Christian (TX)

23-11

314

14

20

12

St. Thomas (FL)

28-9

290

15

13

20

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

27-12

288

16

12

RV

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

25-10

246

17

16

16

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

26-16

220

18

46

21

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

25-13

214

19

45

NR

Avila (MO)

24-5

163

20

37

24

Judson (IL)

26-6

161

21

22

17

Georgetown C. (KY)

28-7

145

22

21

25

Belhaven (MS)

30-12

143

23

30

RV

Tabor (KS)

25-5

142

24

14

RV

The Master's (CA)

23-11

116

25

7

23

Cal State-San Marcos

21-13

104


15


Biola (CA)

17-20



18


Vanguard (CA)

14-15



23


Shorter (GA)

28-11



24


Fresno Pacific (CA)

19-16



25


Campbellsville (KY)

25-10


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 15, Azusa Pacific 2, Lee 1, Oklahoma City 1

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (17-3 RRAC) defeated Division III Louisiana College 5-1, and swept three games at Southwest Assemblies of God, 18-2, 8-2, and 10-6. The Pilots outhit Louisiana College 15-3. They scored ten runs in the top of the ninth in the first game against SAGU, allowed three hits. C David Dorton hit an inside-the-park home run. 3B Devin Greco went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the second game, and 3-for-4 with three RBI in the third game. The Pilots visit Division II Southern Arkansas April 4, and host Houston-Victoria April 6-7. The Pilots lead the Red River Athletic Conference; Texas-Brownsville is second with a with a 13-5 conference record.

Oklahoma City (16-2 SAC) swept three games against Saint Gregory's, 7-2, 6-2, and 12-5. 1B Miguel Beltran, LF Kale Gaden, and SS Chris Muñoz hit home runs in the first game. RF Dane Phillips went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI in the second game. Phillips moved to catcher for the third game, went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. The Stars host Rogers State April 5, and visit Rogers State April 7. The Stars lead the Sooner Athletic Conference; #7 Oklahoma Baptist and Lubbock Christian are tied for second place with 11-4 records.

Los Sultanes (Sultans) lead the Northern Division of the Mexican League with an 11-3 record, and they won two of three in at series at Oaxaca March 30-April 1. They got a convincing 12-3 win in the first game of the series. In the second game, the Guerreros got two runs in the bottom of the ninth, on a home run by Barbaro Canizares and an RBI single by Erick Rodriguez, to win it 9-8.

RHP Sergio Valenzuela got the start for the Guerreros, and he was lucky to get out of the first inning. The first two batters of the game, CF Sergio Perez and 2B Maxwell Leon, got base hits, then RF Karim Garcia hit a three-run home run. The Guerreros needed a double play and a baserunner caught between third and home to get end the first inning. After this shaky start, Valenzuela settled down and allowed only two hits over the next five innings, and struck out six. He also pitched his way out of a jam in the fifth. The Sultanes loaded the bases with one out on a walk, a hit by Perez, and another walk. Valenzuela proceeded to strike out Garcia, then ended the inning by striking out Michel Abreu, who is batting .449.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:33

Top 25 and recap for March 26

The NAIA Coaches' poll for March 26, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

PRE-
SEASON

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

3

Lee (TN)

33-4-1

554

2

3

6

LSU-Shreveport

26-3

536

3

12

1

Oklahoma City

25-6

511

4

8

5

Embry-Riddle (FL)

26-9

486

5

1

RV

Azusa Pacific (CA)

24-6

485

6

17

9

Oklahoma Baptist

27-5

464

7

5

18

Tennessee Wesleyan

26-6

450

8

10

8

Faulkner (AL)

28-9

415

9

9

RV

Point Park (Pa.)

22-3

403

10

6

NR

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

19-2

351

11

27

4

Lubbock Christian (TX)

21-10

349

12

16

RV

St. Thomas (FL)

26-6

343

13

20

RV

Campbellsville (KY)

23-6

331

14

4

2

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

20-11

322

15

22

11

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

21-8

311

16

19

13

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

23-14

282

17

11

NR

Georgetown C. (KY)

26-4

244

18

41

NR

Bethel (TN)

19-10

227

19

18

24

Northwood (TX)

18-8-1

205

20

21

21

Southern Poly (GA)

24-11

166

21

45

NR

Freed-Hardeman (TN.)

23-12

163

22

39

NR

C. of Idaho

22-9

153

23

7

RV

Cal State San Marcos

19-11

147

24

33

NR

Judson (IL)

21-6

111

25

25

15

Belhaven (MS)

25-12

106


13


Lindsey Wilson (KY)

19-10



14


Biola (CA)

17-16



15


Tabor (KS)

20-4



23


Northwestern Ohio

17-8



24


Vanguard (CA)

14-11


First place votes: Lee 13, LSU-Shreveport 3, Oklahoma City 1, Azusa Pacific 3

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

Lee (17-1 SSAC) won two games against Freed-Hardeman 5-2 and 6-5, and swept three games against Brewton-Parker, 5-4, 2-0, and 15-3. DH Corey Davis hit a walk-off home run in the second game against Freed-Hardeman to give coach Mark Brew his 300th win. 1B Roberto Reyes went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the first game against Brewton-Parker, and 2-for-6 with a grand slam home run in the third game. Patrick Merkling and Jose Samayoa combined for a two-hit shutout in the second game. Merkling is 7-0, 0.83 ERA (third-best in the NAIA), with 62 strikeouts. The Flames visit Southern Wesleyan March 30-31. The Flames lead the Southern States Athletic Conference; Faulkner is second with a 15-3 record.

Mike Grahovac is the Head Coach of the defending NAIA national champion Concordia-Irvine eagles. He was interviewed after a non-conference win over Patten on February 17.

Bob Broughton, courtesyrunner.com: You just got a complete game from Brett Clapper.

Mike Grahovac: He threw very well today. He's a returning guy for us, and we needed that from our pitching staff today.

BB: You did pretty well offensively, but Steven McMichael got the hit that mattered, as it turned out.

MG: Yeah, he didn't start the first few games this year, but we got him out there, and he's been hitting the ball all over the place. We got him to start today, and he had a big hit for us.

BB: You were up against pretty good pitching for the first seven innings.

MG: That guy out there [Issac Duran] was throwing the ball really well today, off-speed, fast balls, locating, he was doing really well.

Saturday, 17 March 2012 23:49

Guerreros de Oaxaca 4, Pericos de Puebla 2

The Guerreros (Warriors) de Oaxaca of the Mexican League won their season opener against the Pericos (Parakeets) de Puebla before 6,253 fans at Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos in Oaxaca City.

Fans of AAA ball in the US would be right at home in Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos, except for the Field Turf. Beer (Corona and Victoria) costs $1.60, and they even have vendors selling Domino's Pizza. (I had a “hamburguesa”, which came with cheese and avocado; it was pretty good.) There's the usual video screen in center field, and the washrooms are clean.

The dimensions are 410' in center field, and 350' down the left and right field lines. Don't think for a minute, however, that this is a pitchers' ballpark. A minute is about how long it took for the first batter of the game, DH Serafin Rodriguez of Los Pericos, to hit one of the longest home runs I've ever seen over the left-field billboards. Oaxaca City is 5,102' above sea level, and very dry, so think Denver.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 19:58

Recap for March 13

Oklahoma City (19-4, 10-1 SAC) defeated Southern Nazarene 12-11, and swept three games against Mid-America Christian, 15-5, 8-1, and 11-0. 2B Brian Fisher went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI, and two runs scored against Southern Nazarene. CC/RF Dane Phillips hit a three-run home run in the first game against Mid-America Christian. Cody Crabaugh got the win in the second game, allowed two hits in five innings. Davis Henderson, Will Patrigo, and Allen Townsend combined for the shutout in the third game; Henderson recorded ten strikeouts. The Stars host Bethany March 12, Southern Nazarene March 13, and Briar Cliff March 17-18.

Concordia-Irvine (15-6, 7-1 GSAC) won two of three in a non-conference series against Cal State-San Marcos, losing 7-3 and winning 8-7 (10 innings) and 6-5. James Dykstra went the distance for the Cougars in the first game, allowed three runs on six hits, struck out seven. LF Kyle Konicek hit an RBI single for the winning run in the second game. CF John Doering laid down a bunt to score 2B Chris Limus for the winning run in the third game. The Eagles visit Point Loma Nazarene March 16, host Point Loma Nazarene March 17, and host Sioux Falls 18 and 21. The Eagles are tied with Azusa Pacific for the lead in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Monday, 05 March 2012 08:00

Recap for March 4

Oklahoma City (15-4, 6-1 SAC) defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan 12-4, and swept Northwestern Oklahoma State, 10-5, 3-0, and 10-2. 2B Brian Fisher went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI against Oklahoma Wesleyan. C Chad Carman hit a solo home run for the winning run in the first game against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Rich Hawkins pitched the shutout in the second game, allowed four hits. C/RF Dane Phillips hit a three-run home run in the third game, and got another RBI on a ground out. The Stars visit Southern Nazarene March 6, host Mid-America Christian March 8 and 10, and visit Mid-America Christian March 9.

Concordia-Irvine (13-5, 7-1 GSAC) swept four games against Vanguard, 9-7 , 20-6, 10-9, and 14-4. Pinch-hitter Matt Taylor hit a two RBI double in the top of the ninth to win the first game. 1B Tony Harkey, Jr. hit two home runs and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored in the second game. LF Kyle Konicek when 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the third game, and 3B Ryan DiMascio went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the fourth game. The Eagles visit non-conference Cal State-San Marcos March 9, and visit Cal State-San Marcos March 10. The Eagles lead the Golden State Athletic Conference; The Master's is second with a 6-2 record.

Lee (21-2, 9-0 SSAC) swept Milligan 10-1 and 13-0. SS Edmanuel Rivera and 1B Roberto Reyes hit home runs in the first game. Dustin Lawson, Kyle Briner, and Joe Fabre combined for a two-hit shutout in the second game. The Flames then swept three games against Truett McConnell, 8-1, 3-2, and 14-4. Kris Hall went seven innings in the first game, allowed one run on three hits, struck out 12. The Flames were out-hit 5-4 in the second game, but 2B Blake Barber singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh to win it. LF Mike Moore went 3-for-4 with a home run in the third game. The Flames visit Bryan March 7 and Tennessee Temple March 8, then host Loyola-New Orleans March 9-10. Barber is batting .507 for the Flames.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:00

Recap for February 27

Oklahoma City (11-4) defeated Northwood (TX) 13-5 and won two of three against U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 12-2, 8-5, and 2-4. RF Dane Phillips went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the first game against USAO; Blake Schwartz and Allen Townsend combined for a two-hitter. 1B Miguel Beltran went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two RBI in the second game; Rich Hawkins got the win. 1B Zach Gonzales singled in the winning run for USAO in the third game. Adam Wilson got the win, held the Stars to five hits. The Stars host Oklahoma Wesleyan Feb. 28, visit Northwestern Oklahoma State March 1, and host Northwestern Oklahoma State March 3.

Concordia-Irvine (9-5) began their defense of their Golden State Athletic Conference championship by winning three of four against San Diego Christian, 5-4, 12-4, 6-1, and 5-6. RF Ty Holm stole home for the winning run in the first game. DH Tony Harkey hit a three-RBI double in the second game. Jake Hovis pitched a complete game in the third game, allowed five hits. The Eagles were done in by three unearned runs on the fourth game. They visit Vanguard March 1-2, and host Vanguard March 3.

The Sea Lions and Mustangs opened their Golden State Athletic Conference schedules with a double-header split at Point Loma.

First game (nine innings): The Sea Lions were in control of this game for the first four innings, building a 4-0 lead on an RBI on a ground out by SS Clinton Harwick, an RBI on a ground out by 2B Marcus Heisner, and back-to-back RBI doubles by DH Tyler Nordgren and LF Bryan Burkhead. Sea Lions starter Justin Lawrence held the Mustangs to one hit over the first four innings.

The Mustangs got on the board in the top of the fifth, when DH Joe Riddle scored on a ground out by 1B Spencer Downs. The Sea Lions got a two-run home run by RF Trey Hunt in the sixth, and the Mustangs got a home run by C Bryan Lucas in the seventh, making the score 6-2.

The Mustangs got back in the game a two-run home run by RF Chris Talley in the top of the eighth, off Nolan Stouder, who had just come in in relief of starter Justin Lawrence. Talley's home run made the score 6-4, and that's as close as the Mustangs got. Stouder was replaced by true freshman Garrett Gooding, and it was lights out. Gooding struck out five of the seven batters he faced, allowed one hit. The Sea Lions completed the scoring with a two-run home run by LF Brian Burkhead in the bottom of the eighth.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:00

Recap for February 20

Oklahoma City (8-3) defeated Southern Nazarene 8-4 in mid-week. The Stars scored six runs in the first inning, and Blake Schwartz recorded seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The Stars then dropped two games to MidAmerica Nazarene, 8-4 and 4-2. In the first game, RF Josh Greer hit two home runs for the Pioneers, batted in five of their eight runs. In the second game, Pioneer starter Tino Luna recorded ten strikeouts in six innings, held the Stars to five hits. The Stars rebounded with two wins over Bellevue, 7-2 and 5-1. Rich Hawkins pitched a complete game in the first one, SS Chris Muñoz went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the second one. The Stars host Northwood (TX) Feb. 21, U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Feb. 23, then visit USAO Feb. 25.

Concordia-Irvine (6-4) swept three games against Patten, 9-1, 12-0, and 11-7. The first game was closer than the score indicates; see campus visit. Jake Hovis went the distance in the shutout, struck out ten. RF Ty Holm went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in the third game. The Eagles begin their defense of their Golden State Athletic Conference championship at home against San Diego Christian Feb. 23, then visit San Diego Christian Feb. 25.

Lee (11-2) lost two midweek games, 9-3 to Union C. (KY) and 8-7 to Tennessee Wesleyan. The Flames led Tennessee Wesleyan 7-6 going into the ninth inning. They had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the ninth, and couldn't get an insurance run. Tennessee Wesleyan got two cheap runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it. The Flames swept Emmanuel over the weekend, 12-1, 2-1, and 8-5. Kris Hall struck out eleven in the mercy-rule shortened first game. The winning run in the second game came on a solo home run by 1B Roberto Reyes. The Flames trailed the third game 5-2 at one point, got a good five-inning relief effort from James Rechenbach. The Flames host Rio Grande Feb. 20 and Lindsey Wilson Feb.22, and visit U. of Mobile Feb. 24-25.

Page 17 of 25