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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

Top 25 and recap for April 22

The NAIA Coaches' Poll for April 22, 2014, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking.

RANK

ISR

LAST
TIME

SCHOOL

2014
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

13

1

Oklahoma Baptist

40-6

589

2

7

3

Faulkner (AL)

39-10

566

3

1

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

35-6

560

4

8

7

Georgetown C. (KY)

34-6

517

5

10

8

Oklahoma Wesleyan

44-6

509

6

11

4

Georgia Gwinnett

41-8

503

7

2

5

San Diego Christian (CA)

35-15

478

8

28

9

LSU Shreveport (LA)

37-12

451

9

16

6

Missouri Baptist

36-10

447

10

15

11

Brewton-Parker (GA)

27-9

404

11

20

13

Doane (NE)

38-7

402

12

6

12

The Master's (CA)

35-13

370

13

19

14

Tabor (KS)

39-10

364

14

32

10

Oklahoma City

29-15

317

15

14

17

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

36-15

306

16

27

15

Embry-Riddle (FL)

33-17

304

17

43

18

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

34-5

275

18

4

RV

Westmont (CA)

33-14

243

19

24

19

Southeastern (FL)

39-14

233

20

35

20

Northwestern (IA)

33-9

218

21

29

21

Bellevue (NE)

30-13-2

215

22

3

16

Concordia-Irvine (CA.)

33-15

207

23

37

22

Point Park (PA)

35-13

204

24

25

23

Belhaven (MS)

36-15

170

25

39

25

Sterling (KS)

38-13

153

 

5

 

British Columbia

29-11

 

 

9

 

Vanguard (CA)

28-18

 

 

12

 

Cal State San Marcos

35-15

 

 

17

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

26-18

 

 

18

 

Cumberland (TN)

32-17

 

 

21

 

Corban (OR)

27-22

 

 

22

 

William Woods (MO)

32-19

 

 

23

 

C. of Idaho

27-21

 



First place votes: Oklahoma Baptist 18, Faulkner 2, Lewis-Clark State 1
#7 San Diego Christian is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Oklahoma Baptist swept Southwestern Assemblies of God, 17-0, 6-2, and 14-0. Jordan Morales, Tallen Parker, and Jeff Gunter combined for the shutout in the first game. Morales got the win (he is 10-0, 1.96 ERA for the season), pitched five innings, allowed three hits, struck out six. Jinny Parra got the win in the second game. RHP Julian Merryweather and Andrew Millner got the mercy-rule-shortened shutout in the third game. Merryweather pitched six innings, allowed two hits, struck out six. 3B Garrett Roberts went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.

The Bison have won ten straight, and lead the Sooner Athletic Conference by 2½ games over #14 Oklahoma City and Wayland Baptist. The Bison visit Saint Gregory's April 24 and 26, end their home season against Saint Gregory's April 25 ( Live video), and end their regular season against now-Division II Rogers State April 29 in Tulsa.

#2 Faulkner completed their season sweep of #6 Georgia Gwinnett, winning the third game of the season 5-4. The defending champions led 3-0 after four innings, and 5-1 after seven, but the Grizzles scored three runs in the top of the ninth to make it interesting. The Grizzlies had the tying run on third, but Kurt Lipscomb got a strikeout to end it. Jay Gause got the win, pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed a run on four hits, struck out 11. SS Dauris Holguin went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

The Eagles won two of three at Southern Wesleyan, 5-3, 8-1, and 6-7. In the first game, each team scored three runs in the first inning, but Jeremy Holcombe and Patrick McGrady held the Warriors off the board the rest of the way. RF Michael Cruz scored the winning run on a ground out; he was 1-for-4 with three RBI for the game. Thomas Dorminy got the win in the second game, pitched five innings, allowed no runs on two hits. The Eagles led the third game 6-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Warriors came up with six runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it. The comeback was led by a bases-loaded triple by CF Michael Hyman. Two hit batters and a walk tied it, and 1B Stephen Wyatt scored the winning run on a bunt single by SS J.J. Julian. Matt Craig Went the distance for the Warriors, recorded seven strikeouts.

Robert Llera is batting .442 for the Eagles. The Eagles lead the Southern States Athletic Conference by 1 1/2 games over #15 Southern Polytechnic, and two games over #10 Brewton-Parker. The Eagles host Martin Methodist April 24-25. Live video

#3 Lewis-Clark State won three of four against Corban (ISR #21), 0-5, 4-3 (13 innings), 5-2, and 12-4. Jacob Kopra pitched the shutout for Corban in the first game. He allowed five hits, struck out one, and walked three. He is 9-0, 1.44 ERA, 64 K, and this was his third shutout of the season. 1B Daniel Orr hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run in the first inning, went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI for the game. Corban led the second game 3-1 after five innings, but were kept off the scoreboard the rest of the way by Gunnar Swanson (4 1/3 IP, 4 hits, 8 K) and David Murillo (3 2/3 IP, 3 hits, 7 K); Murillo got the win. Two of his strikeouts came after he entered the game with one out in the top of the tenth, and runners at second and third. L-C State tied it with two runs in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by C Jake Shirley and a sacrifice fly by CF Ryan Sells. Sells scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Corban lost a 15-inning game to British Columbia the previous weekend. Story Corban out-hit L-C State in the third game 8-7, but three of L-C State's hits were two home runs and a triple by RF Cody Lavalli; he batted in two runs, and scored two more. Beau Kerns got the win in relief, pitched four innings, allowed no runs on two hits. Sells went 2-for-3 in the fourth game with a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored.

Lavalli has 11 home runs, which ties him with four other players for fifth-best in the NAIA. (Forrest Smith of Oklahoma City leads the NAIA with 15.) L-C State visits Division II Northwest Nazarene April 24-26, and plays a non-league game at nearby C. of Idaho (ISR #23) April 27. Corban finished in a three-way tie for third place with C. of Idaho and Concordia-Portland in NAIA West; the NAIA West tournament will be in Vancouver May 2-5.

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.

Published in Game accounts
Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Top 25 and recap for April 8

The NAIA Coaches' Poll for April 1, 2014, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking.

RANK

ISR

LAST
TIME

SCHOOL

2014
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

10

2

Oklahoma Baptist

32-6

577

2

1

3

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

28-5

567

T3

8

1

Faulkner (AL)

33-10

546

T3

13

4

Missouri Baptist

30-5

546

5

11

5

Georgia Gwinnett

36-6

517

6

3

8

San Diego Christian (CA)

31-11

487

7

9

9

Georgetown C. (KY)

27-4

467

8

17

7

LSU-Shreveport (LA)

32-10

453

9

14

11

Oklahoma Wesleyan

35-6

440

10

15

12

Tabor (KS)

32-7

423

11

18

13

Belhaven (MS)

31-11

402

12

27

10

Oklahoma City

25-11

365

13

26

15

Embry-Riddle (FL)

30-14

349

14

7

24

Vanguard (CA)

26-13

345

15

20

16

Brewton-Parker (GA)

24-9

337

16

25

19

Doane (NE)

29-7

292

17

5

14

The Master's (CA)

30-12

290

18

4

6

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

29-13

239

19

29

17

Bellevue (NE)

22-12-2

235

20

30

22

Southeastern (FL)

34-12

229

21

24

25

Mobile (AL)

27-13

164

22

54

RV

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

22-5

147

23

58

21

Friends (KS)

26-13

139

24

31

RV

Northwestern (IA)

22-7

109

25

41

RV

Point Park (PA)

26-11

106

 

2

23

British Columbia

23-9

 

 

6

 

Westmont (CA)

24-14

 

 

12

 

Cal State San Marcos

28-14

 

 

16

 

C. of Idaho

24-16

 

 

19

 

LSU-Alexandria (LA)

26-15

 

 

21

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

19-16

 

 

22

 

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

26-14

 

 

23

 

Cumberland (TN)

26-15

 


First place votes: Oklahoma Baptist 11, Lewis-Clark State 5, Faulkner 4, Georgia Gwinnett 1
Westmont (ISR #6) is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Oklahoma Baptist won two of three at Texas Wesleyan, 3-4, 13-1, and 13-0. The Rams took advantage of five Bison errors to score three unearned runs in the first game. Sam Martin went the seven-inning distance for the Rams, allowed six hits, walked four. Martin is 6-1, 2.17 ERA. C Garrett Gallacher went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a double in the second game. He is batting .444 for the Bison. Jordan Morales got the win, went five innings, allowed three hits, struck out five. He is 8-0, 2.03 ERA. Kelvin Rivas and Andrew Milner combined for a mercy-rule-shortened no-hitter in the third game. Rivas pitched the first five innings, struck out four and walked two. Milner retired all six batters that he faced, struck out four of them. RF Tyler Melton went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

Wayland Baptist continues to lead the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Bison are 1 ½ games behind, and #12 Oklahoma City is two games behind. The Bison visit Division II East Central April 9, host Mid America Christian April 10 and 12, and visit Mid America Christian April 11.

#2 Lewis-Clark State swept Concordia-Portland (ISR #21), 7-4, 6-0, 8-7 (10 innings), and 14-6. The Warriors got away with five errors in the first game; only one of the Cavaliers' runs was earned. The game was tied 3-3 after three innings, but Steve Thompson held the Cavaliers to two hits in a five-inning relief appearance, got the win. CF Ryan Sells hit an RBI single for the winning run. Michael Noteware pitched eight shutout innings in the second game, scattered seven hits, struck out seven. Noteware is 4-0, 0.99 ERA, 48 K. The Warriors trailed the third game 6-0 after 2 ½ innings, but tied it with six runs in the bottom of the third. RF Cody Lavalli hit the second pitch of the tenth inning over the left field fence to win it. The fourth game was tied 4-4 at the seventh-inning stretch, but LF Tariq Staton hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh to break it open.

The Warriors have opened up a three-game lead over British Columbia (ISR #2) in NAIA West. The Warriors visit Simpson April 12-13.

Published in Game accounts
Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:00

Top 25 and recap for April 1

The NAIA Coaches' Poll for April 1, 2014, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking.

RANK

ISR

LAST
TIME

SCHOOL

2014
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

7

1

Faulkner (AL)

30-7

590

2

9

2

Oklahoma Baptist

28-5

567

3

1

3

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

24-5

553

4

14

4

Missouri Baptist

24-5

526

5

10

6

Georgia Gwinnett

33-5

515

6

3

12

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

29-10

495

7

15

9

LSU-Shreveport (LA)

29-8

458

8

4

5

San Diego Christian (CA)

27-11

423

9

11

13

Georgetown (KY)

23-4

421

10

21

11

Oklahoma City

23-9

420

11

12

16

Oklahoma Wesleyan

30-6

411

12

13

14

Tabor (KS)

28-5

400

13

18

8

Belhaven (MS)

27-11

377

14

5

7

The Master's (CA)

27-10

370

15

24

15

Embry-Riddle (FL)

27-14

329

16

26

17

Brewton-Parker (GA)

19-7

257

17

28

10

Bellevue (NE)

19-10-2

241

18

82

19

Union (KY)

24-9

229

19

30

RV

Doane (NE)

21-7

221

20

22

T20

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

22-9

208

21

55

22

Friends (KS)

25-10

184

22

37

24

Southeastern (FL.)

29-11

168

23

2

RV

British Columbia

22-6

167

24

6

25

Vanguard (CA.)

23-12

133

25

27

RV

Mobile (AL)

24-11

116

 

8

 

Westmont (CA)

21-14

 

 

16

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

19-12

 

 

17

 

Cal State San Marcos

20-14

 

 

19

 

LSU-Alexandria

23-13

 

 

20

 

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

24-13

 

 

23

 

C. of Idaho

21-15

 

 

25

 

Cumberland (TN)

23-14

 



First place votes: Faulkner 19, Oklahoma Baptist 1, Lewis-Clark State 1
Lewis-Clark State is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Faulkner won two of three against #25 Mobile, 3-6, 12-0, and 11-3. Both starters, Jeff Price for the Rams and Thomas Dorminy for the Eagles, went the seven-inning distance in the first game. Price allowed two earned runs on eight hits. Price was helped by double plays in the fifth and sixth innings, and the defending champions left the bases loaded in the seventh. The winning run was the result of two walks and two wild pitches. The win was the 800th at Mobile for Head Coach Mike Jacobs. Story Jeremy Holcombe and Vinny Lujan combined for a mercy-rule-shortened shutout in the second game. The Blazers got eight runs from walks, hit batters, and errors. SS Dauris Holguin went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the third game. Kurt Lipscomb pitched six shutout innings, allowed four hits.

The Eagles visit #16 Brewton-Parker April 4-5.

#2 Oklahoma Baptist won two of three over Wayland Baptist, 9-0, 2-1, and 5-6. Julian Merryweather pitched the complete-game shutout in the first game, allowed three hits, struck out nine. CF Joey Szczepanski went 2-for-2 with two RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. The Bison won the second game on and RBI single by C Mason Ankeney in the bottom of the seventh of a seven-inning game. Jordan Morales went the distance, allowed six hits; Morales is 7-0 for the season. 2B Braden Blackwell scored the winning run in the top of the ninth in the third game for the Pioneers on a throwing error. The Bison left the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth. Cachot Duncan got the win in relief for the Pioneers. He pitched the final four innings, alowed one run (unearned) on one hit.

The Bison then defeated #12 Tabor 6-5 on a home run by 2B Ridge Hoopii-Haslam in the bottom of the ninth. The Bluejays led 5-2 after three innings, but Jinny Parra took over on the mound for the Bison, and allowed only two hits the rest of the way; he struck out eight.

The Pioneers continue to lead the Sooner Athletic Conference. #10 Oklahoma City is one game behind, and the Bison are 1 ½ games behind. The Bison visit Texas Wesleyan April 4-5.

Published in Game accounts
Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

Top 25 and recap for March 25

The NAIA Coaches' Poll for March 25, 2014, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking.

RANK

ISR

LAST
TIME

SCHOOL

2014
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

9

1

Faulkner (AL)

29-6

560

2

10

11

Oklahoma Baptist

25-4

528

3

2

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

18-5

514

4

15

4

Missouri Baptist

22-4

505

5

5

22

San Diego Christian (CA)

25-9

487

6

13

NR

Georgia Gwinnett

29-4

459

7

4

12

The Master's (CA)

26-8

433

8

18

RV

Belhaven (MS)

26-7

426

9

17

21

LSU-Shreveport (LA)

26-7

419

10

34

14

Bellevue (NE.)

18-6-2

391

11

20

5

Oklahoma City

20-8

374

12

3

9

Concordia-Irvine (CA.)

26-9

358

13

12

23

Georgetown C. (KY)

20-4

357

14

14

RV

Tabor (KS)

24-5

354

15

29

3

Embry-Riddle (FL.)

23-13

302

16

16

NR

Oklahoma Wesleyan

26-5

291

17

25

NR

Brewton-Parker (GA)

19-6

249

18

32

RV

Northwestern C. (IA)

18-5

192

19

65

NR

Union (KY)

23-8

182

T20

46

NR

Wayland Baptist (TX)

24-6

180

T20

26

25

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

19-6

180

22

71

NR

Friends (KS)

21-9

158

23

23

RV

LSU-Alexandria (LA.)

21-10

142

24

33

NR

Southeastern (FL)

28-10

140

25

7

NR

Vanguard (CA)

20-11

126

 

1

 

British Columbia

18-5

 

 

6

 

Westmont (CA)

20-12

 

 

8

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

17-10

 

 

11

 

C. of Idaho

15-13

 

 

19

 

Menlo (CA)

16-8

 

 

21

 

Corban (OR)

16-13

 

 

22

 

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

23-12

 

 

24

 

Jamestown (ND)

13-04

 



First place votes: Faulkner 19, Oklahoma Baptist 1
Lewis-Clark State is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Faulkner won a mid-week game over #6 Georgia Gwinnett, 4-2. The Eagles got all four of their runs on the third inning, and Patrick McGrady got the win in relief; he pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings. The loss broke a 20-game winning streak for the Grizzlies.

The Eagles then won two of three at William Carey, 10-5, 1-2, and 14-0. C Robert Liera hit an RBI double in the seventh inning for the winning run in the first game. The Eagles added four insurance runs in the eighth inning. Thomas Dorminy got the win, went seven innings, allowed seven hits. Both of the Crusaders' runs in the second game were unearned; they came in on a single by CF Jeremy Ferguson. Gavin Culpepper went the seven-inning distance for the Crusaders, allowed two hits, struck out four. The Eagles scored ten runs in the first inning of the third game. Kurt Lipscomb, Jay Gause, and Vinny Lujan combined for the two-hit mercy-rule-shortened shutout. Gause allowed both Crusader hits, but also recorded four strikeouts in two innings of work.

The defending champions have a two-game lead over #8 Belhaven and #17 Brewton-Parker in the Southern States Athletic Conference. They host U. of Mobile March 28-29. Live video

Georgia Gwinnett swept three games against non-NAIA Hiwassee, 10-2, 5-3, and 10-7. The Grizzlies then defeated Truett-McConnell 10-0. Five Grizzlies pitchers combined for the shutout, and RHP Jonathan Spitler got the win. C Sloan Strickland batted in three of the Grizzlies' runs. The Grizzlies host Emmanuel March 28, and visit Emmanuel March 29.

#2 Oklahoma Baptist won two of three over #11 Oklahoma City, 3-5, 12-1, and 17-4; both of the wins were mercy-ruled. Chris Pike, coming off a perfect game and a no-hitter, got the win in the first game. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowed two earned runs on nine hits, and struck out nine. 1B Forrest Smith hit two two-run home runs for the Stars. 3B Garrett Roberts went 2-for-3 with a triple, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored for the Bison in the second game. Jordan Morales went the distance for the Bison, allowed one run on five hits, struck out eight. 2B Ridge Hoopii-Haslam went 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI in the third game.

The Bison host #20 Wayland Baptist March 28-29. Live video Wayland Baptist has a 2 ½ game lead over the Bison in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Stars host Texas Wesleyan March 28-29. Live video

Published in Game accounts
Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00

Recap for March 17

NAIA baseball action during the past week, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking.

#1 Lewis-Clark State swept #8 College of Idaho, 8-0, 6-2, 10-2, and 9-3. Michael Noteware, Colton Wright, and Joe Mello combined for a one-hitter in the first game; Noteware went six innings, allowed the only hit, struck out five. The four Coyotes' runs in the second and third games came from two two-run home runs by SS Mitch Skaggs. Dillon Keene got the win in relief in the fourth game, allowed one hit in two innings. The Warriors visit Menlo March 21, 22, and 24.

#2 British Columbia swept a four-game series at #6 Concordia-Portland, 3-1, 11-2, 2-1, and 14-6 (12 innings). Sean Callegari got the win in the first game, went seven innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out eight. The Thunderbirds got all the runs they needed in the second game in the second inning, with a bases-loaded triple by 2B Matt Spillman. Conor Lillis-White got the win, allowed one hit in five innings. C Cam Firth hit an RBI double with two out in the top of the ninth for the winning run in the third game. Curtis Taylor got the win, pitched a perfect eighth inning. Bryan Pawlina pitched the first seven innings, allowed one run on three hits, struck out eight. It took the Thunderbirds 12 innings to complete the sweep. They left the go-ahead run on third in the top of the ninth. Curtis Taylor got the Thunderbirds out of a jam in the bottom of the ninth. He was greeted with a double by SS Christian Lichtenhale. Taylor struck out the next batter, then got a ground out, which moved the potential winning run to third base. Taylor intentionally walked the next batter, and struck out the one after that to send it into extra innings. The Cavaliers ran out of pitchers in the 12th inning.

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:56

Recap for March 4

#1 Faulkner won a midweek game against Point, 5-4, and won two of three against Loyola-New Orleans, 4-5 (10 innings), 4-0, and 4-0. 2B Luis Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh for the win over Point. 3B Peyton Senner hit an RBI single in the tenth for the winning run for the Wolf Pack in the loss to Loyola. Wolf Pack relievers Stewart Campbell and Connor Thurman held the Eagles to one hit over the final three innings. Jeremy Holcombe pitched a complete seven-inning shutout in the second game, allowed three hits; Sanchez batted in the winning run in the first inning. Julian Esquibel one-upped Holcombe in the third game; he also held the Wolf Pack to three hits, but he also recorded 10 strikeouts, didn't walk a batter. Sanchez went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

The defending champions are 14-3. They visit #8 Tennessee Wesleyan March 5, and Spring Hill March 7-8.

#2 Lewis-Clark State played in the Porter Park Classic in Portland, OR, and won two of three. They defeated Division II Montana State-Billings 4-2, lost to British Columbia 2-0, and defeated host Concordia-Portland 8-6. RF Cody Lavalli hit a two-run home run for the winning run against MSU-Billings; David Murillo got the win in relief, pitched three shutout innings, allowed two hits. Jeremy Newton and Alex Webb combined for the shutout for the Thunderbirds in the second game. Newton pitched seven innings, scattered 11 hits, was helped by two double plays. Webb got out of a jam in the eighth. The Warriors had runners at first and second with nobody out, and they were bunted to second and third. Webb got a fly out (not deep enough for the runner on third to score) and a strikeout. He recorded two more strikeouts in the ninth to finish the game. Both of the Birds' runs were in the early going. 1B Vinny Martin hit an RBI single in the first, and SS Tyson Popoff hit an RBI single in the second. In the third game, 2B Brian Corliss hit a two-RBI double in the seventh inning for the winning run. Corliss added a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning for the insurance run. Carsen Nylund got the win in relief.

The Thunderbirds also defeated MSU-BIllings and Concordia; Sean Callegari and Tyler Gillies got the wins. The tournament final between the Warriors and Thunderbirds was rained out. However, the Warriors and Thunderbirds get a rematch in Lewiston March 7-9. (This series was moved from Vancouver due to weather considerations.)

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 13:30

Recap for February 25

#1 Faulkner swept Thomas, 8-7, 3-0, and 10-9. The Eagles got away with five errors in the first game, and trailed going into the eighth inning. They won it with a pair of walks, an error, and a sacrifice fly by 3B Sergio Sanchez. Jeremy Holcombe and Labradford Griffis combined for the shutout in the second game. The Eagles came from behind again in the third game; RF Michael Cruz hit an RBI double in the ninth inning to tie it, than scored the winning run on a wild throw after a bunt by pinch-hitter Mike Correa. Patrick McGrady, who faced one batter in the eighth, got the win; Julian Esquibel, a usually reliable starter, was lit up for seven runs during the first six innings.

The defending champions are 11-2, and have won seven straight. They host Point Feb. 25, and Loyola-New Orleans Feb. 28-March 1. Faulkner announced earlier this month that they are doing live video of all of their home games for the rest of the season.

#2 Lewis-Clark State won three of four against Division II power Western Oregon, 7-2, 8-4, 1-6, and 6-5 (10 innings). RF Cody Lavalli hit a two-RBI double in the second inning for the winning run in the first game; Michael Noteware got the win. Lavalli got two more RBI and two more hits (one of them a home run) in the second game; Carsen Nylund got the win in relief. In the third game, the Warriors were held to one run off Wolves starter Eric Huson. LF Matt Taylor batted in four of the Wolves' runs; he went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double. In the fourth game, Raymond Pedrina let off the tenth inning with a single, then scored the winning run on a passed ball with two out. The Wolves used seven pitchers, the Warriors six. Cody Chartrand got the win. Lavalli got yet another RBI; he batted in the Warriors only run in the third game.

The Warriors have started the season 7-1. They go to the Porter Park classic, a tournament hosted by Concordia-Portland, for their first NAIA action of this season. They play Division II Montana State-Billings Feb. 28, British Columbia and Concordia March 1, and a “TBA” game March 2. Live video

#3 Embry-Riddle celebrated the Daytona 500 with a trip to Division II Stillman. The Eagles lost the first two games 2-1 and 1-0, but salvaged the third game 8-4. In the first game, Nick Boggs hit a bunt single in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to bring in the winning run. Joey Falletta went the distance for the Tigers, allowed four hits. Stetson Nelson of the Eagles pitched a no-hitter in the second game, but the Tigers manufactured the only run of the game when Cameron Stallings was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Brown. Tyler Vails went the distance for the Tigers, allowed five hits, and struck out the side in the seventh inning. Story 3B J. Rhet Montana went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the third game; Corey Tufts got the win.

The Eagles host Davenport Feb. 25 (Live video), and visit Warner Feb. 28-March 1. They host #14 Bellevue March 2-3. Live video

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:38

Recap for February 18

#1 Faulkner swept a series at Blue Mountain, 2-0, 8-1, and 10-1. Their record is now 8-2. LHP Thomas Dorminy pitched a one-hitter in the first game, struck out ten.RHP Jeremy Holcombe got the win in the second game, pitched six shutout innings, allowed three hits. RHP Julian Esquibel got the win in the third game. The Eagles visit Thomas Feb. 21-22.

#2 Lewis-Clark State started their season 4-0, sweeping Division II Montana State-Billings, 5-4, 20-6, 9-2, and 4-1. David Murillo, Beau Kerns, Dillon Keene, and Gunnar Swanson got the wins. Swanson went six innings, allowed three hits, struck out seven. LF/DH Kyle Knigge went 8-for-17 with four RBI for the series. The Warriors host Division II Western Oregon Feb. 21-23.

#3 Embry-Riddle swept South Carolina-Beaufort, 5-2, 4-0, and 3-1. RHP Daniel Poncedeleon went the nine-inning distance in the first game, struck out ten. LHP Stetson Nelson pitched all but the last out of a two-hit shutout in the second game, and the Eagles scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the eighth. RHP Corey Tufts and LHP Clayton Wagner combined for a one-hitter in the third game. The Sand Sharks got only nine hits in the series. The Eagles visit Division II Stillman Feb. 22-23.

#4 Missouri Baptist won three games at a tournament at Belhaven. The Spartans defeated Campbellsville 13-3, Saint Francis (IN) 19-3, and Belhaven 5-2. LF Orlando Olivera went 4-for-5 with two RBI against Campbellsville. 2B Jeff Smith went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI against Saint Francis. LHP Dave Mullins got the win against Belhaven; he went seven innings, allowed no earned runs and one hit. The Spartans host Indiana Wesleyan Feb. 21-22.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 01:15

2014 Season Preview

The 58th NAIA baseball season is already under way, and six games were played in California last weekend. The Golden State Athletic Conference is already playing conference matchups, with #9 Concordia-Irvine at Arizona Christian, Biola at The Master's, and San Diego Christian at Westmont. Ave Maria and Southeastern play Edward Waters and Calumet College of Saint Joseph in Lakeland, FL, Bryan hosts Lindenwood, Cal State San Marcos visits Vanguard, Doane visits Houston-Victoria, and Warner visits Webber International.

Here is an evaluation of the top 10 teams according to the pre-season coaches' poll:

#1 – Faulkner: The defending champions will have returning position players OF Michael Cruz (.355, 13 HR, 68 RBI; he led the Eagles in all three categories, and is a Pre-season All-American), C/IF Sergio Sanchez (.363, 65 RBI), IF Luis Sanchez (.344) and IF Dauris Holguin (.291). Their returning pitchers are RHP Julian Esquibel (11-2, 2.71 ERA), LHP Labradford Griffis (5-0, 2.11 ERA), and RHP Jeremy Holcombe (4-0, 3.19 ERA). They will have three key transfers; OF Willie Allen (Western Oklahoma State), C T.C. Mark (Arizona), RHP Kurt Lipscomb (Jacksonville State), and OF Omar Gomez (New Mexico Junior College). Games to watch: Missouri Baptist Feb. 7-8, Lindsey Wilson Feb. 7, Cumberland Feb. 8, at Tennessee Wesleyan March 5 Live Video

#2 – Lewis-Clark State: The Warriors have Cody Lavalli (.373, 10 HR), who was drafted in 37th round by the Rangers, and is a Pre-season All-American. Other returnees are OF/C Jake Shirley (.340), RHP Michael Noteware (missed most of 2013 with a medical redshirt), RHP Steve Thompson (5-5, 2.49 ERA), and RHP Dave Murillo (5-0, 3.02 ERA, 38 K). Their most impressive recruit is IF Michael Sexton, a freshman drafted in the 38th round by the Mariners. They also have RHP Gunnar Swanson (transfer from Everett CC; he was 9-2, 1.63 ERA with 8 complete games and 88 K there) and OF Raymond Pedrina. Games to watch: British Columbia Feb. 7, Concordia-Portland Feb. 8 and April 4-6, Western Oregon Feb. 21-23, at British Columbia March 7-9, at Western Oregon May 2, 4, at Linfield (Division III champion) May 3 Live Audio

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