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Monday, 23 May 2016 13:21

National Championship preview

Schedule for the first two days of the 60th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 27-28, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

9 AM: #7 seed Sterling (48-14) vs. #10 Point (33-25)

Sterling (Sterling, KS) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. Their previous appearance was in 2013, and they went 0-2. They won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Nickname: Warriors
Rankings: #9 in coaches' poll, #21 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #14
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Missouri Baptist, 5-2 vs. York
Top position players: 1B Andrew Dorado (.417, 15 HR, 53 RBI), 2B Beau Kallas (.415, 18 HR, 66 RBI), RF Kendall Radcliffe (.376, 19 HR, 64 RBI). Radcliffe was tied for seventh in the NAIA in home runs. Kallas was tied for ninth in home runs.
Top pitchers: LHP Kade Wagner (11-2, 1.53 ERA, 79 K), LHP Brad Williams (from Perth, Australia; 10-3, 2.09 ERA, 115 K), RHP Ryan Pope (3-1, 2.14 ERA, 59 K, 15 saves). Wagner has the sixth-lowest ERA in the NAIA.
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, fifth season
Outlook: The Warriors will win a game.

Point (West Point, GA) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Skyhawks
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #33 in ISR. SoS: #11
Quality wins: Faulkner, 4-1 vs. Bryan, South Carolina-Beaufort, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville
Top position players: 3B Omar Smith (.341), C Juan Reyes (from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; .336, 7 HR, 25 RBI), CF Riliani Familia (also from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; .322, 10 HR, 44 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Payne Kosobucki (7-1, 2.39 ERA, 70 K), RHP Josh Nestlehutt (8-6, 3.14 ERA, 89 K), RHP Dylan Griffin (9-2, 4.09 ERA, 115 K)
Coach: Jeremy Christian, second season
Outlook: The Skyhawks did well to get this far, but they're in tough here.

Published in General
Thursday, 12 May 2016 14:18

2016 conference tournament recap

#1 Georgia Gwinnett swept through the Association of Independent Institutions tournament, defeating Fisher 13-3, Mount Mercy 9-1, and Clarke 6-3 and 14-1. In the first game against Clarke, CF Josh Merrigan hit an RBI single for the winning run. RHP Nikolay Uherek got the win, pitched seven innings, allowed two earned runs on nine hits, struck out six. Story

Zac Rinehart is second in the NAIA in hitting with a .476 average. The Grizzlies are hosting an Opening Round bracket May 17-20. video

#2 Bellevue won the North Star Athletic Association tournament. They hit eight home runs in the final against Mayville State, and won 14-1. LF Joe Moran hit two of the home runs. RHP Ben McKendall had a shutout going into the eighth inning before giving up a home run by LF Aaron Miller. The Comets had to play an "if necessary" game to get to the final, and ran out of pitchers in the seventh inning, when the Bruins scored ten runs. Story None of the games the Bruins played in the tournament were close. RHP Todd Nicks and RHP John Timmins combined for an 11-0 shutout over Waldorf; Nicks struck out 14. Story

McKendall is now 11-1, 1.53 ERA (ninth-best in the NAIA), with 111 strikeouts (tied for sixth-best in the NAIA). The Bruins now wait to learn their Opening Round location.

#3 Lewis-Clark State won the NAIA West tournament, without giving up a single run. The defending champions defeated Corban 7-0, British Columbia 3-0, and C. of Idaho 5-0. RHP Kevin Hamann, RHP Noel Gonzalez (in relief), and RHP Connor Brogdon got the wins; Hamann went the distance. The game against British Columbia was probably the best of the three. It was scoreless until the eight inning, and a good pitching duel between RHP Curtis Taylor of the Thunderbirds (6 IP, 4 hits, 10 strikeouts, no walks) and RHP Quin Grogan of the Warriors (7 2/3 IP, 3 hits, seven strikeouts, three walks). The Warriors got the only run they needed on an RBI double by CF Logan Griffin, off reliever RHP Christian Botnick. LF Jacob Zanon completed the scoring with a solo home run. Story 1B Tyler McDowell went 4-for-4 with two triples and a stolen base in the game against C. of Idaho. Story

The Warriors are idle until the Baseball National Championship tournament May 27-June 3. Both the Thunderbirds (ISR #9, #1 in strength of schedule) and C. of Idaho (ISR #12) will be playing in the Opening Round.

Published in General
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:42

Top 25 and recap for May 3

NAIA coaches' poll for May 3, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

2

1

Georgia Gwinnett

21-4

498

2

12

2

Bellevue (NE)

43-9

467

T3

1

4

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

45-7

461

T3

4

3

Faulkner (AL)

42-12

461

5

3

5

Tennessee Wesleyan

39-11

439

6

5

6

Westmont (CA)

41-9

416

7

6

7

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

39-14

397

8

7

8

South Carolina-Beaufort

41-10

394

9

29

9

Tabor (KS)

41-14

370

10

17

11

Missouri Baptist

37-11

353

11

44

10

Jamestown (ND)

47-7

334

12

14

16

York (NE)

41-13

315

13

11

13

Vanguard (CA)

37-13-1

307

14

8

14

Middle Georgia State

39-14

284

15

28

12

Sterling (KS)

43-12

270

16

15

17

Science & Arts (OK)

41-11

265

17

38

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

38-15

228

18

23

20

Campbellsville (KY)

33-15

194

19

26

23

Indiana Southeast

38-11

192

20

9

RV

Madonna (MI)

34-14

184

21

22

21

Bryan (TN)

36-16

179

22

47

22

Texas Wesleyan

35-15

166

23

18

19

William Carey (MS)

35-17

129

24

37

RV

Wayland Baptist (TX)

41-14

118

25

16

24

St. Thomas (FL)

33-18

102

 

10

 

British Columbia

31-18

 

 

13

 

C. of Idaho

35-18

 

 

19

 

The Master's (CA)

33-16

 

 

20

 

Davenport (MI)

35-13

 

 

21

 

Keiser (FL)

33-20

 

 

24

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

34-20

 

 

25

 

Menlo (CA)

33-20

 

Published in General
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 14:21

Top 25 and recap for April 19

NAIA coaches' poll for April 19, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

43-4

486

2

8

3

Bellevue (NE)

34-6

481

3

3

4

Faulkner (AL)

38-10

462

4

4

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-7

451

5

6

5

South Carolina- Beaufort

36-6

437

6

2

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

33-9

425

7

7

7

Westmont (CA)

35-7

408

8

5

8

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

34-12

384

9

19

11

Vanguard (CA)

34-9-1

353

10

48

9

Jamestown (ND)

39-4

344

11

20

12

Tabor (KS)

34-13

342

12

17

10

Missouri Baptist

34-10

322

13

9

14

Middle Georgia State

36-11

318

14

13

18

York (NE)

34-11

277

15

34

16

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

34-11

272

16

15

19

Campbellsville (KY)

30-12

267

17

23

20

Sterling (KS)

36-11

232

18

12

17

Bryan (TN)

32-13

225

19

14

21

Davenport (MI)

28-9

215

20

37

RV

Texas Wesleyan

31-14

177

21

11

22

William Carey (MS)

31-15

156

22

21

23

Science & Arts (OK)

35-10

151

23

10

RV

Keiser (FL)

30-16

138

24

16

25

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

32-17

130

25

27

RV

IU Southeast (IN)

27-11

103

 

18

 

Saint Thomas (FL)

28-18

 

 

22

 

Southeastern (FL)

30-17

 

 

24

 

Webber International (FL)

30-17

 

 

25

 

Madonna (MI)

23-14

 

Published in General
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 13:06

Top 25 and recap for April 5

NAIA coaches' poll for April 5, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

38-1

498

2

5

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

30-5

481

3

9

4

Bellevue (NE)

27-5

458

4

2

3

Faulkner (AL)

30-9

446

5

6

6

USC Beaufort (SC)

31-5

429

6

4

5

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

29-9

418

7

8

7

Westmont (CA)

27-7

407

8

3

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

25-9

374

9

11

12

Missouri Baptist

29-6

373

10

17

8

Jamestown (ND)

34-2

372

11

25

11

Tabor (KS)

28-11

312

12

36

13

Oklahoma City

28-11

295

13

16

15

Vanguard (CA)

26-9-1

293

14

37

17

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

27-9

275

15

10

20

Bryan (TN)

28-9

271

16

29

14

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

24-7

267

17

12

18

Middle Georgia State

29-11

260

18

28

16

York (NE)

26-9

235

19

7

19

Keiser (FL)

27-11

220

20

20

22

Davenport (MI)

22-7

189

21

26

RV

Campbellsville (KY.)

22-11

162

22

38

25

Wayland Baptist (TX)

32-9

154

23

31

21

Sterling (KS)

26-11

135

24

15

10

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

26-14

127

25

13

24

St. Thomas (FL)

25-13

98

 

14

 

William Carey (MS)

25-11

 

 

18

 

Menlo (CA)

25-14

 

 

19

 

Madonna (MI)

17-13

 

 

21

 

Science and Arts of Oklahoma

25-10

 

 

22

23

Indiana Tech

20-5

 

 

23

 

Southeastern (FL)

25-15

 

 

24

 

The Master's (CA)

24-12

 

 

Published in General
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 15:27

Top 25 and recap for March 22

NAIA coaches' poll for March 22, 2016. Recaps below.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

Faulkner (AL)

26-4

498

2

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

20-2

481

3

3

Georgia Gwinnett

29-1

459

4

4

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

25-6

445

5

5

Bellevue (NE)

19-4

439

6

6

Westmont (CA)

23-4

423

7

7

USC Beaufort (SC)

25-4

396

8

8

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

22-9

363

9

10

Jamestown (ND)

26-1

360

10

12

Tennessee Wesleyan

18-7

355

11

11

Keiser (FL)

23-6

353

12

13

Tabor (KS)

21-8

320

13

9

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

17-3

301

14

20

Missouri Baptist

20-6

299

15

15

Oklahoma City

21-9

268

16

RV

York (NE)

22-5

241

17

14

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

20-7

235

18

18

Vanguard (CA)

21-7

232

19

RV

Middle Georgia State

24-8

222

20

23

Bryan (TN)

21-7

190

21

21

Sterling (KS)

20-7

154

22

22

Davenport (MI)

12-7

143

23

17

LSU Shreveport (LA)

18-9

120

24

RV

William Carey (MS)

20-8

95

25

RV

St. Thomas (FL)

20-11

91

 

Published in Game accounts
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:57

Top 25 and recap for March 15

NAIA coaches' poll for March 15, 2016. Recaps below.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

Faulkner (AL)

20-4

488

2

1

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

16-2

451

3

8

Georgia Gwinnett

25-1

443

4

13

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

20-5

442

5

12

Bellevue (NE)

17-4

426

6

16

Westmont (CA.)

19-3

388

7

NR

USC Beaufort (SC)

24-3

368

8

7

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

19-7

362

9

NR

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

15-1

340

10

NR

Jamestown (ND)

23-0

318

11

15

Keiser (FL)

20-7

317

12

14

Tennessee Wesleyan

14-7

287

13

4

Tabor (KS)

15-8

279

14

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

16-5

272

15

5

Oklahoma City

17-8

270

16

NR

Bethel (TN)

17-3

253

17

11

LSU Shreveport (LA)

16-5

245

18

22

Vanguard (CA)

19-6

211

19

9

Oklahoma Wesleyan

16-7

201

20

21

Missouri Baptist

16-6

142

21

20

Sterling (KS)

17-6

136

22

6

Davenport (MI)

11-7

126

23

23

Bryan (TN)

17-7

124

24

NR

Science & Arts (OK)

20-5

113

25

NR

Menlo (CA)

21-8

488

Published in General
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 07:35

Conference championships roundup

In every conference listed here (except the the Southern States Athletic Conference, which had a winner-take-all final), the title was decided by an “if necessary” game. ISR's mentioned here are as of May 6.

Cal State San Marcos (ISR #13) won the Association of Independent Institutions championship for the third time in five years. They lost the first “final” to #1 Georgia Gwinnett 2-1. The Grizzlies out-hit the Cougars 11-5, and SS Ernesto Vasquez hit an RBI single for the winning run. CSUSM won the deciding game 11-5. The Cougars got five runs in the first inning, and added four more in the second. LF Clinton Perez hit an RBI single for the winning run. Emilio Esquibel got his second win of the tournament, and ran his record to 12-1, 2.43 ERA. Story Georgia Gwinnett will host an Opening Round bracket.

#2 Oklahoma City won the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, defeating #3 Oklahoma Baptist twice, 9-6 and 7-5. The Stars trailed in the late innings of both games. They scored four runs in the eighth inning of the first one. In the second one, C Connor Lynch hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth. Story Both Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Baptist are hosting Opening Round brackets.

Published in Game accounts
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 14:19

Top 25 and recap for April 28

NAIA coaches' poll for April 28, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

32

2

Georgia Gwinnett

43-9

576

2

20

3

Oklahoma City

38-10

568

3

4

4

Oklahoma Baptist

45-4

544

4

9

5

Northwood (FL)

39-10

521

5

7

7

Davenport (MI)

44-6

495

6

14

6

Oklahoma Wesleyan

43-10

489

7

6

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

37-10

485

8

2

8

The Master's (CA)

41-10

467

9

13

10

Tabor (KS)

46-9

443

10

8

1

Faulkner (AL)

42-12

437

11

17

15

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

36-16

389

12

1

13

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

40-10

382

13

41

12

LSU Shreveport (LA)

40-12

357

14

5

11

Westmont (CA)

37-13

352

15

16

16

Northwestern Ohio

37-10

310

16

11

17

Bellevue (NE)

41-12

303

17

24

20

Sterling (KS)

44-11

294

18

18

18

Embry-Riddle (FL)

32-16

265

19

19

14

Campbellsville (KY)

27-9

252

20

29

21

St. Thomas (FL)

38-13

218

21

3

19

Concordia (CA)

40-14

212

22

21

23

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

30-8

181

23

34

22

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

33-12

180

24

37

24

Point Park (PA)

36-11

146

25

36

25

William Woods (MO)

35-10

115

 

10

 

British Columbia

27-16

 

 

12

 

Vanguard (CA)

36-18

 

 

15

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

29-21

 

 

22

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

35-18

 

 

23

 

York (NE)

42-15

 

 

25

 

Missouri Baptist

35-10

 

Published in Game accounts
Thursday, 10 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 #19) April 18-19.

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