NAIA baseball action during the past week.
#1 Tennessee Wesleyan defeated Georgia Gwinnett 2-1,
and won two of three against Saint Andrew's, 2-0, 6-5, and
2-3. The winning run against Georgia Gwinnett came on an RBI single
by SS Wes Minton in the bottom of the ninth. Corey Rhoney and Noah
Piard combined for the shutout in the first Saint Andrew's game;
Rhoney went eight innings, allowed four hits, struck out seven. In
the second game, the Knights out-hit the Bulldogs 12-7; the Bulldogs
scored all six of their runs in the first inning. CF Travis Burnside
hit a two-RBI single, then scored the winning run on a misplayed
ground ball. In the third game, the defending champions were held to
six hits by Joe McCarty and Evan Tucker. RF Michael Durig batted in
all three of the Knights' runs.
The Bulldogs are now 15-5. They visit Belhaven March 5-6, host
Milligan March 9-10, and host Ohio Christian March 11.
#2 LSU-Shreveport got an easy 15-5 mid-week win over
Division III Louisiana College, but was swept by Texas Wesleyan,
5-1, 12-8, and 6-5. Derek Vaughn got the win for the Rams in the
first game; he went six innings, allowed one run on two hits, struck
out four. Connor Zamora and Nolan Barbee kept the Pilots off the
board the rest of the way, and Zamora struck out three of the six
batters he faced. CF Trevor Moon singled in the winning run (story).
In the second game, the Rams scored ten runs in the second inning,
capped by a three-RBI double by SS David Kiriakos. The Pilots out-hit
the Rams 11-7 in the third game. They got within one run in the top
of the ninth, and had the go-ahead run on first with nobody out.
However, reliever Patrick Stanley got two strikeout and a fly out to
end the game and get a save (story).
Northwood (TX), who has
won seven straight, has the lead in the Red River Athletic
Conference. The Rams are two games back, and the Pilots are three
games back. The Pilots visit LSU-Alexandria March 5, and host
Huston-Tillotson March 8-9. Streaming