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Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Top 25 and recap for April 15

The NAIA Coaches' Poll for April 8, 2014, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Locations for the Opening Round tournaments appear at the end of this article.

RANK

ISR

LAST
TIME

SCHOOL

2014
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

13

1

Oklahoma Baptist

36-6

552

2

1

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

32-5

541

3

8

3

Faulkner (AL)

36-10

526

4

9

5

Georgia Gwinnett

40-6

513

5

2

6

San Diego Christian (CA)

34-13

465

6

14

3

Missouri Baptist

33-7

462

7

11

7

Georgetown C. (KY)

31-6

457

8

12

9

Oklahoma Wesleyan

39-6

448

9

23

8

LSU Shreveport (LA)

36-11

425

10

26

12

Oklahoma City

28-12

386

11

17

15

Brewton-Parker (GA)

27-9

380

12

6

17

The Master's (CA)

33-12

352

13

20

16

Doane (NE)

32-7

335

14

21

10

Tabor (KS)

35-10

313

15

25

13

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-16

300

16

4

18

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

31-14

294

17

15

RV

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

32-14

255

18

47

22

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

28-5

230

19

28

20

Southeastern (FL)

35-14

210

20

29

24

Northwestern (IA)

28-8

188

21

30

19

Bellevue (NE)

26-13-2

183

22

40

25

Point Park (PA)

31-12

182

23

24

11

Belhaven (MS)

32-14

179

24

7

14

Vanguard (CA)

27-16

173

25

37

RV

Sterling (KS)

32-13

134

 

3

 

British Columbia

25-11

 

 

5

 

Westmont (CA)

34-14

 

 

10

 

Cal State San Marcos

34-14

 

 

16

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

22-18

 

 

18

 

C. of Idaho

25-19

 

 

19

 

Corban (OR)

26-19

 

 

22

 

Cumberland (TN)

29-16

 



First place votes: Oklahoma Baptist 12, Lewis-Clark State 5, Faulkner 2, Georgia Gwinnett 1
Westmont (ISR #5) is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Oklahoma Baptist defeated Division II East Central 23-4, and swept Mid America Christian, 15-2, 15-1, and 11-0. All four games were mercy-ruled. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

Matt Page has batted in 57 runs for the Bison, and Page and Steven Knudson have hit nine home runs apiece. The Bison now lead the Sooner Athletic Conference by ½ game over #10 Oklahoma City. The Bison visit Southwestern Assemblies of God April 17-18.

#2 Lewis-Clark State swept Simpson, 14-0, 9-4, 15-6, and 13-1. Not much to see here, either; Simpson is 1-39, and the first and fourth games were mercy-ruled. Michael Noteware and J.T. Kaul combined for the shutout in the first game. The second game was tied 3-3 after seven innings, but the Warriors pulled away with four runs in the eighth inning. An RBI double by pinch-hitter Chris Walker brought in the winning run. Carsen Nylund got the win.

Noteware's record is 5-0, 0.88 ERA, 53 K. The Warriors have have won 14 straight, and have clinched the NAIA West pennant. (They don't compete in the NAIA West tournament.) The Warriors concluded their home season against a good Corban team (ISR #x) April 18-19.

Published in Game accounts
Sunday, 09 February 2014 12:30

Recap for February 9

#1 Faulkner went 2-2 on the weekend, making their record 5-2. They split two games with #4 Missouri Baptist, winning 5-4, and losing 4-3. In the first game, DH Randy Joung, who reached on an error, scored the winning run on a balk by Carl Jameson in the bottom of the sixth of a seven-inning game. Labradford Griffis got a save; he struck out RF Enrique Pagan in the top of the seventh with the tying run at third base. 2B Jeff Smith hit a solo home run in the second inning for the winning run in the second game. Ryan Stapp got the win; he combined with two other pitchers to hold the Eagles to four hits.

The Eagles' other loss was to #15 Lindsey Wilson, 4-1. The Eagles held a 1-0 lead going into the seventh inning, but several errors in the seventh allowed the Blue Raiders to win it. LHP Jason Turner went the seven-inning distance for the Blue Raiders, allowed five hits. Jeremy Holcombe, who allowed only three hits, and struck out seven, got the loss.

The Eagles finished the weekend with a 7-4 win over #10 Cumberland. LHP Thomas Dorminy went the seven-inning distance for the Eagles, allowed two earned runs on four hits, struck out eight. LF Esteban Paula went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

The Eagles visit Blue Mountain Feb. 14-15.

Missouri Baptist is 1-3; they lost 6-5 (12 innings) to Lindsey Wilson, and 5-4 to Cumberland. Derek Shugart hit an RBI triple in the 12th for the win for the Blue Raiders. Sam Ross got the win, pitched five innings in relief. DH Richie Seaton hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to win it for Cumberland. The Bulldogs out-hit the Spartans 11-5, and SS Josciel Veras went 3-for-3 with two RBI for the Bulldogs. The Spartans play Campbellsville Feb. 13, Saint Francis Feb. 14, and Belhaven Feb. 15; all three games are at Belhaven.

The Blue Raiders split a double-header with Auburn-Montgomery the following day, making their record 3-4. They visit Point Feb. 14-15.

The Bulldogs also split a double-header with Auburn-Montgomery, making their record 2-2. They host Union U. (TN) Feb. 11, and Taylor Feb. 14-15. The Warhawks are 5-3, and they visit Brewton-Parker Feb. 14-15.

A four-team tournament at #2 Lewis-Clark State was cancelled by snow. They host Division II Montana State-Billings Feb. 14-16.

Published in Game accounts
Sunday, 02 February 2014 21:00

Recap for February 2

RHP Keegan Yuhl, a transfer from Lee, pitched a no-hitter for #9 Concordia-Irvine in a 9-0 non-conference win over Antelope Valley. Yuhl threw 115 pitches, struck out 12, walked three. Story from Concordia-Irvine: Keegan Yuhl Throws First No-Hitter In Concordia History. The story includes three video clips; scroll down to see them. Box score.

The Eagles didn't just get a no-hitter and a three game sweep of Antelope Valley; all three games were shutouts, and the Eagles allowed only four hits for the series.

#12 The Master's won two of three at #22 San Diego Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference matchup of two teams that were previously undefeated. The scores were 4-2, 8-11, and 3-1. The Mustangs got three runs on the top of the ninth inning to win the first game; 1B Josh Brown hit a two-RBI single to bring in the winning run. Jason Karkenny pitched two perfect innings to get the win in relief. 3B Jeff Lusardi hit a home run, a double, and five RBI for the Hawks in the second game. RHP Tucker Richardson pitched a seven-inning gem for the Mustangs in the third game; three hits, nine strikeouts, one walk. He was one out short of a shutout; Lusardi hit a home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The Mustangs visit Concordia-Irvine Feb. 7-8. The Hawks host #16 Cal State San Marcos Feb. 8.

The split between The Master's and San Diego Christian enabled Vanguard to take over first place in the GSAC. The Lions swept three games against Arizona Christian, 3-2, 4-2, and 2-1. The Lions were held to three hits by Ismael Castro in the first game, but all three Lions runs were unearned. CF Thomas Mobley hit a two-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to win the second game. Scott Torrey went the seven-inning distance for the Lions in the third game, didn't allow an earned run, allowed four hits, struck out six. The Lions visit Westmont Feb. 7-8. Live video

Published in Game accounts
Thursday, 08 August 2013 12:31

Cumberland U. going to Division II

Cumberland, a long-term baseball power in the NAIA, announced on August 7 that they have been granted provisional membership in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), and will be applying for NCAA Division II membership. Here is Cumberland's press release: CU admitted to G-MAC, will apply to NCAA D-II.

This is a major loss for NAIA baseball. The Bulldogs have made 11 appearances at the Baseball National Championship, and they won it in 2004 and 2011. Woody Hunt has been the Head Coach for 32 years, and has a record of 1403-584-4.

Joining the G-MAC reconnects the Bulldogs with two traditional opponents, Trevecca Nazarene and Georgetown College (KY). Trevecca Nazarene is the current conference champion.

The other significant departure announcement this year is Auburn-Montgomery. They have applied to the Peach Belt Conference and Division II. The Warhawks were 32-24-1 last season.

Update on October 4: Auburn-Montgomery's application to the NCAA was turned down, because of a recruiting violation. They will have to re-apply later.

Published in General
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


Published in Game accounts
Sunday, 24 February 2013 20:41

Recap for February 24

NAIA baseball action during the past week.

#1 Tennessee Wesleyan lost a mid-week game to #12 Lindsey Wilson 4-3. The Bulldogs outhit the Blue Raiders 9-7; LF Leandro Andino hit a sacrifice fly to send in the winning run. (story). The defending champions then swept three games against Indiana-Southeast, 12-2, 3-1, and 2-1. In the first game, Four Bulldog pitchers combined to hold the Grenadiers to four hits; Jarrod Jameson got the win. SS Wes Minton scored the winning run in the second game on a passed ball; Corey Rhoney got the win, went 5 2/3 innings, allowed four hits, struck out five. In the third game, the Bulldogs managed only two hits off Grenadiers pitcher Lucas Harry, but RF David Donald was hit by a pitch and scored on a ground out for the first Bulldog run, and Minton hit a solo home run for the winning run. Tyler Wilson got the win; he went 4 2/3 innings, allowed two hits, struck out seven.

The Bulldogs host Georgia Gwinnett February 27, and Saint Andrew's, who is 9-1, March 2-3.

#2 LSU-Shreveport swept Texas College, 14-4, 3-2, and 8-4. Rory Young got the win in the first game. The Pilots needed a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh and final inning by C David Dorton to win the second game. CF Ridge Gonsoulin hit a two-run home run in the third game, finished 2-for-4 with three RBI.

The Pilots host Division III Louisiana College February 26, and visit Texas Wesleyan March 1-2.

Published in Game accounts
Saturday, 12 May 2012 18:27

Opening Round tournaments, third day

LSU-Shreveport, Tennessee Wesleyan, Embry-Riddle, Point Park, and Rogers State have qualified for the Baseball National Championship tournament. Results from the third day of the NAIA Baseball Opening round:

At Paducah, KY:

LSU-Shreveport 5, Lindsey Wilson 1: Logan Norris pitched a three-hitter for the Pilots, struck out six, walked three. RF Kade Billeaudeaux hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run. Billeaudeaux went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

At Kingsport, TN:

Tennessee Wesleyan 14, Saint Francis (IL) 4: The Bulldogs got all the runs they needed in the third inning, on RBI singles by 1B Jake Stone and 3B Taylor Oldham, and a three-RBI double by DH Drew Levi. Levi went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Jeremy Fitzgerald got the win. Saint Francis used eight pitchers.

Published in Game accounts
Friday, 11 May 2012 21:13

Opening Round tournaments, second day

Results from the second day of the NAIA Baseball Opening round:

At Hardeeville, SC:

South Carolina-Beaufort 7, Faulkner 3: The #5-ranked Eagles went two-and-out, and the Sand Sharks gave Corey Black his second loss of the season. The Sand Sharks scored five runs in the last two innings, and the winning run came on a pinch-hit RBI single by Blake Cilwick. Miles Galvin got the win for the Sand Sharks, struck out eleven. The Sand Sharks play Union U. (TN) on Saturday, and the winner plays Saint Thomas.

Saint Thomas (FL) 6, Union U. (TN) 3: The Bobcats go to 2-0 in the tournament. Pinch-hitter Oscar Romero hit a two-RBI single for the winning run.

At Paducah, KY:

LSU-Shreveport 1, Lindsey Wilson 0: Lindsey Wilson starter Darren Travers gave up a run in the first inning on an RBI single by 1B Greg Friesen, and held the Pilots scoreless the rest of the way. The Pilots needed a shutout from Jared Mortensen, and got one. Mortensen held the Blue Raiders to four hits, struck out ten, and walked only one. The Pilots will face the Peru State-Lindsey Wilson winner tomorrow for the championship.

Published in Game accounts
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:11

Top 25 and recap for April 17

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 17, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

4

1

LSU Shreveport

37-4

558

2

7

3

Oklahoma City

32-7

530

3

2

2

Lee (TN)

42-8-1

529

4

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

33-8

501

5

6

4

Faulkner (AL)

41-9

497

6

5

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

34-9

454

7

15

7

Oklahoma Baptist

34-9

444

8

8

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

34-13

427

9

22

10

Point Park (PA)

36-7

410

10

9

9

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

31-10

389

11

10

13

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

35-10

381

12

3

11

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

27-14

370

13

14

12

St. Thomas (FL)

33-10

368

14

13

18

Georgetown C. (KY)

37-8

285

15

17

24

Shorter (GA)

35-12

261

16

11

19

The Master's (CA)

29-15

257

17

21

20

Taylor (IN)

29-11

255

18

42

14

Lubbock Christian (TX)

26-15

248

19

18

22

South Carolina-Beaufort

31-14

247

20

44

23

Judson (IL)

34-9

231

21

54

21

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

31-17

205

22

16

16

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

31-20

198

23

30

15

Avila (MO)

29-8

155

24

29

RV

C. of Idaho

32-12

130

25

23

RV

Rogers State (OK)

33-12

112


12


Cal State-San Marcos

22-17



19


Biola (CA)

18-22



20


Vanguard (CA)

18-16



24


Tabor

32-8



25


Texas Wesleyan

33-15


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 18, Azusa Pacific 2

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (19-4 RRAC) won two of three close games against Texas-Brownsville, 1-2, 8-7, and 10-9. The loss ended a 16-game winning streak, and was Jared Mortensen's first loss of the season. Zach Armstrong went the seven-inning distance for the Scorpions, allowed only three hits, struck out six. (Mortensen allowed four hits, struck out ten.) 2B Scott Frasier hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run for the Scorpions. SS Manny Estrada hit a home run to win the second game, and he drew a bases-loaded walk to send in the winning run in the third game. The Pilots visit William Carey April 18, host Texas Wesleyan April 20-21, and close their regular season at Division III Centenary April 24. -14. The Pilots lead the Red River Athletic Conference, and can clinch the pennant with one win against Texas Wesleyan.

Published in Game accounts
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.

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