Third round action at the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament in Columbus, GA:

#13 Faulkner and #19 Southern Polytechnic joined the list of ranked teams that have been taken out of this tournament. Faulkner lost 7-4 to #16 Brewton-Parker 7-4. The winning run for the Barons came in the sixth inning; 2B Errick Fox scored when LF Randall Shepherd drew a bases-loaded walk. Fox went 3-5 with an RBI for the game.

#22 Belhaven is now in the driver's seat in this tournament. The Blazers defeated host William Carey 7-1. Both teams had six hits, but four of the Blazers' came in the fifth inning; they scored six runs, four of which came on a grand slam home run by CF Tyler Wrinkle. Brandon McHenry got the win; he went seven innings, allowed no runs on five hits, struck out six.

Shorter took out Southern Polytechnic 4-3. The Hawks trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, but pinch-hitter Shannon Houston hit a two-RBI single to win it. Tim Day got the win in relief, but a good effort by starter Stephen Adkins kept the Hawks in the game; he went seven innings, allowed three runs on seven hits.

Schedule for Tuesday (times EDT): Brewton-Parker vs. Belhaven, 1 PM, audio webcast; William Carey vs. Shorter, 4 PM.

Third round action at the Red River Athletic Conference tournament in Shreveport:

#9 LSU-Shreveport continued their domination of this tournament, defeating Texas-Brownsville 11-4. This game was tied 2-2 after four innings, but the Pilots scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth; SS Manny Estrada and DH Kyle Pearson hit RBI doubles, and 1B  Kevin Smith, 2B Michael Diffie and CF Justin Brodnax hit RBI singles. Pearson finished 3-4 with two RBI.

#17 Northwood (TX) stayed in the tournament by defeating Wiley 8-2.

Schedule for Tuesday (times CDT): Northwood vs. Texas-Brownsville, 11:30 AM; LSU-Shreveport vs. Northwood-Texas-Brownsville winner, 3:00 PM, audio webcast.

The start of the TranSouth Athletic Conference tournament in Jackson, TN was postponed until Tuesday due to weather. The Sun Conference tournament starts Tuesday in Fort Myers, FL. The Golden State Athletic Conference tournament starts in Riverside, CA on Tuesday. The Sooner Athletic Conference tournament starts in Lubbock, TX on Wednesday. The NAIA West tournament starts in Atherton, CA on Wednesday.

 

Second round action at the Red River Athletic Conference tournament in Shreveport:

#9 LSU-Shreveport defeated Texas Wesleyan 11-0. Jared Mortenson went eight innings for the Pilots, allowed four hits, struck out 13. 1B Kevin Smith hit a grand slam home run, went 2-2 with two runs scored. The Pilots have out-scored their opponents 25-4 so far in this tournament.

Texas-Brownsville defeated #17 Northwood (TX) 13-12. The Scorpions led 13-5 going into the ninth inning, but the Knights send 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the ninth to make it a one-run game. LF Matt Warner went 3-5 with a home run and four RBI for the Scorpions.

Wiley defeated Texas College 11-1.

Schedule for Monday (times CDT): LSU-Shreveport vs. Texas-Brownsville, 11:30 AM, audio webcast; Wiley  vs. Northwood, 3:00 PM.

The Southern States Athletic Conference tournament resumes in Columbus, GA on Monday. The TranSouth Athletic Conference tournament starts Monday, in Jackson, TN. The Sun Conference tournament starts Tuesday in Fort Myers, FL. The Golden State Athletic Conference tournament starts in Riverside, CA on Tuesday. The Sooner Athletic Conference tournament starts in Lubbock, TX on Wednesday. The NAIA West tournament starts in Atherton, CA on Wednesday.

 

Saturday, 30 April 2011 22:57

Conference tournament roundup for April 30

Blowouts in Shreveport, and upsets in Columbus, GA.

At the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament in Columbus:

#4-ranked Lee went two-and-out. They were taken out by #19 Southern Polytechnic 7-4. The Hornets won it with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on only one hit; the winning run was scored by courtesy runner Conrad Boron when pinch-hitter Blake Parrot drew a bases-loaded walk. The Hornets drew a total of eight walks and two hit batters. Brad Hutson got the win in relief; starter Josh Strawn put in a good effort for the Hornets, recorded eleven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, allowed three earned runs on eight hits.

#6 Auburn-Montgomery also went two-and-out, losing to #16 Brewton-Parker 8-7 (10 innings). 1B Jacob Evors hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings, then hit a bases-loaded single in the tenth to win it. Evors finished the game 3-6 with five RBI. The Barons used six pitchers; Ben Gillespie got the win, faced two batters, threw nine pitches. Story from Auburn-Montgomery site: No. 6 AUM Falls in Extras to No. 16 Brewton-Parker, 8-7

#13 Faulkner is still in the tournament, but they're in the losers' bracket. The Eagles lost to host William Carey 7-6. RF Javier Ortiz scored the winning run in the seventh; he reached base on a walk, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a wild throw. Starter Scotty Reese got the win for the Crusaders; Ortiz finished the game 2-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 17:49

Top 25 and recap for April 26

The NAIA Coaches' Top 25 for April 26, with Boyd Nation's ISR rankings. Recap below the fold:

RANK

LAST
WEEK

ISR

SCHOOL

2011
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

2

2

Embry-Riddle (FL) (17)

43-8

588

2

3

1

Oklahoma City (3)

38-8

569

3

4

4

California Baptist

38-11

547

4

1

5

Lee (TN) (1)

44-10

532

5

7

3

Cumberland (TN)

39-12

526

6

9

9

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

40-15

481

7

6

12

Oklahoma Baptist

35-11

460

8

8

13

Union C. (Ky.)

40-9

457

9

5

14

LSU-Shreveport (LA)

38-13

428

10

11

7

Lubbock Christian (TX)

38-10

412

11

11

15

Missouri Baptist

35-9

402

12

10

17

Biola (CA)

30-17

393

13

19

6

Faulkner (AL)

42-10

350

14

18

11

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

30-13

344

15

14

10

Fresno Pacific (CA)

27-16

331

16

13

8

Brewton-Parker (GA)

32-14

281

17

16

18

Northwood (TX)

35-14

280

18

20

21

Rogers State (OK)

41-10

275

19

22

20

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

39-13

239

20

14

19

British Columbia

27-14

206

21

23

35

Tabor (KS)

40-9

190

22

25

23

Belhaven (MS)

39-15

143

23

RV

39

Culver-Stockton (MO)

35-13

129

24

RV

16

Trevecca Nazarene (TN)

32-19

123

25

RV

56

Point Park (PA)

32-9

98

 

 

22

Union U. (TN)

33-12

 

 

 

24

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

29-16

 

 

 

25

C. of Idaho

29-15

 

First place votes: Embry-Riddle 17, Oklahoma City 3, Lee 1

This article was originally published at the Canadian Baseball Network.

Gary Picone took over as head baseball coach at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Id. last September, replacing Hall of Fame coach Ed Cheff, who had been the head coach there for 34 years.

Picone (Trail, BC) moves into one of the most prestigious jobs in college ball. Lewis-Clark State has won 16 NAIA national championships, and they have sent 14 players to the majors, including Keith Foulke of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and Oakland A’s, and Marvin Benard of the San Francisco Giants.

Picone served a remarkably long apprenticeship for the job. He was the athletic director for four years prior to taking on the head coach job, and served another stint as AD previously. He was heavily involved in the planning and project approval process for L-C State’s activity center, a facility that many Division I schools would envy. Although L-C State is known primarily for baseball, they have had strong men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs for many years.

After participating in Trail’s local baseball programs as a teenager, he went to Bellevue Community College as an outfielder. He transferred to L-C State, and played there for three years. He was good enough to be invited by coach Wayne Norton (Port Moody, BC) to play for the Canadian entry in the Baseball World Cup in Nicaragua in 1973.

Friday, 22 April 2011 13:35

Lambuth University closing its doors

Lambuth University in Jackson, TN is closing its doors at the end of June. The school has been in financial trouble since 2008, and has operated without accreditation for the past year.

The baseball team is scheduled to play their final two games at home against Southern Arkansas, a good Division II team. This will be the last athletic event in the school's history. The Eagles are 12-29. Update on April 26: The games vs. Southern Arkansas were canceled.

Update on Sept. 14: The Lambuth campus was purchased by the University of Memphis. No word on whether there will be any sort of athletic program.

Story from Inside Higher Ed: End of the Road for Lambuth U.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 21:06

Top 25 and recap for April 19

The NAIA Coaches' Top 25 for April 19, with Boyd Nation's ISR rankings. Recap below the fold:

RANK

LAST
WEEK

ISR

SCHOOL

2011
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

4

Lee (TN)

43-7

617

2

2

2

Embry-Riddle (FL)

40-8

604

3

3

1

Oklahoma City

35-7

582

4

4

3

California Baptist

36-11

558

5

5

12

LSU-Shreveport

37-11

545

6

6

14

Oklahoma Baptist

33-9

519

7

10

7

Cumberland (TN)

35-12

495

8

11

15

Union C. (KY)

37-8

467

9

15

16

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

36-15

430

10

9

10

Biola University (CA)

27-16

416

11

14

17

Missouri Baptist

35-9

401

11

19

8

Lubbock Christian (TX)

35-9

401

13

8

5

Brewton-Parker (GA)

31-11

387

14

13

6

Fresno Pacific (CA)

27-16

339

14

7

11

British Columbia

26-11

339

16

17

19

Union U. (TN)

32-10

306

16

12

18

Northwood (TX)

32-13

306

18

18

13

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

24-12

289

19

20

9

Faulkner (AL)

38-9

281

20

15

24

Rogers State (OK)

37-10

279

21

21

49

Southeastern (FL)

37-15

228

22

22

22

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

35-12

205

23

23

39

Tabor (KS)

35-8

150

24

25

41

Madonna (MI)

27-10

136

25

24

23

Belhaven (MS)

36-14

117

 

 

20

Trevecca Nazarene (TN)

29-18

 

 

 

21

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

27-16

 

 

 

25

Menlo (CA)

29-12

 

First place votes: Lee 16, Embry-Riddle 4, Oklahoma City 2

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:56

Top 25 and recap for April 12

The NAIA Coaches' Top 25 for April 12, with Boyd Nation's ISR rankings. Recap below the fold:

RANK

LAST
WEEK

ISR

SCHOOL

2011
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

2

6

Lee (TN)

38-7

641

2

3

3

Embry-Riddle (FL)

35-8

625

3

1

1

Oklahoma City

31-6

623

4

8

2

California Baptist

33-10

572

5

6

13

LSU-Shreveport

35-10

565

6

5

15

Oklahoma Baptist

30-8

564

7

9

7

British Columbia

24-8

514

8

4

5

Brewton-Parker (GA)

28-10

491

9

7

12

Biola (CA)

24-14

467

10

18

10

Cumberland (TN)

32-12

455

11

14

17

Union C. (KY)

34-8

433

12

10

11

Northwood (TX)

31-10

414

13

12

4

Fresno Pacific (CA)

24-14

369

14

19

16

Missouri Baptist

30-8

363

15

11

26

Rogers State (OK)

32-10

350

15

17

19

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

32-15

350

17

13

24

Union U. (TN)

28-10

323

18

14

8

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

21-10

320

19

16

14

Lubbock Christian (TX)

31-9

313

20

25

9

Faulkner (AL)

33-9

263

21

21

52

Southeastern (FL)

34-14

235

22

20

22

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

30-11

208

23

24

34

Tabor (KS)

32-7

155

24

23

20

Belhaven (MS)

32-12

150

25

RV

42

Madonna (MI)

25-10

109

 

 

18

Trevecca Nazarene (TN)

26-17

 

 

 

21

Azusa Pacific (CA)

22-16

 

 

 

23

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

22-16

 

 

 

25

Menlo (CA)

21-12

 

First place votes: Lee 14, Embry-Riddle 2, Oklahoma City 7

Wednesday, 06 April 2011 16:21

Top 25 and recap for April 5

The NAIA Coaches' Top 25 for April 5, with Boyd Nation's ISR rankings. Recap below the fold:

RANK

LAST
WEEK

ISR

SCHOOL

2011
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Oklahoma City

29-4

622

2

2

13

Lee (TN)

34-7

602

3

3

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-8

579

4

5

3

Brewton-Parker (GA)

28-7

553

5

4

11

Oklahoma Baptist

27-7

524

6

8

12

LSU-Shreveport

30-10

523

7

19

8

Biola (CA)

22-10

501

8

9

4

Cal Baptist

30-9

468

9

11

5

British Columbia

21-7

463

10

12

9

Northwood (TX)

30-8

437

11

13

24

Rogers State (OK)

31-6

407

12

6

2

Fresno Pacific (CA)

22-12

381

13

7

23

Union U. (TN)

25-8

359

14

14

19

Union C. (KY)

29-8

343

14

16

7

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

20-7

343

16

18

15

Lubbock Christian (TX)

27-8

322

17

21

18

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

29-14

318

18

17

14

Cumberland (TN)

27-12

307

19

20

21

Missouri Baptist

24-8

269

20

15

20

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

26-10

253

21

23

55

Southeastern (FL)

31-13

203

22

22

45

York (NE)

22-8

181

23

RV

17

Belhaven (MS)

28-11

163

24

24

27

Tabor (KS)

29-6

126

25

10

10

Faulkner (AL)

29-9

107

 

 

16

Trevecca Nazarene (TN)

24-15

 

 

 

22

Azusa Pacific (CA)

18-16

 

 

 

25

Menlo (CA)

16-10

 

First place votes: Oklahoma City 21, Lee 1

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:34

Top 25 and recap for March 29

The NAIA Coaches' Top 25 for March 29, with Boyd Nation's ISR rankings. Recap below the fold:

RANK

ISR

SCHOOL

2011
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

Oklahoma City

27-3

583

2

12

Lee (TN)

29-6

568

3

4

Embry-Riddle (FL)

29-7

555

4

11

Oklahoma Baptist

26-5

505

5

2

Brewton-Parker (GA)

23-7

498

6

3

Fresno Pacific (CA)

19-11

471

7

22

Union University (TN)

24-5

461

8

9

LSU-Shreveport

26-8

448

9

5

Cal Baptist

26-9

435

10

7

Faulkner (AL)

28-7

425

11

6

British Columbia

16-6

422

12

8

Northwood (TX)

27-8

363

13

20

Rogers State (OK)

27-5

350

14

16

Union College (KY)

24-7

330

15

15

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

23-9

299

16

18

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

17-6

289

17

13

Cumberland (TN)

23-11

278

18

10

Lubbock Christian (TX)

22-8

244

19

19

Biola (CA)

17-10

236

20

33

Missouri Baptist

18-8

223

21

21

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

25-14

192

22

36

York (NE)

18-8

188

23

54

Southeastern (FL)

27-13

169

24

24

Tabor (KA)

24-5

131

25

28

Tennessee Wesleyan

21-12

115

 

14

Trevecca Nazarene (TN)

21-13

 

 

17*

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

12-11

 

 

23

Belhaven (MS)

22-9

 

 

25

Azusa Pacific (CA)

15-12

 

First place votes: Oklahoma City 17, Lee 2, Embry-Riddle 2

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