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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
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:07

Top 25 and recap for April 21

NAIA coaches' poll for April 21, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

15

1

Faulkner (AL)

40-10

567

2

31

6

Georgia Gwinnett

41-8

565

3

21

4

Oklahoma City

34-10

548

4

5

7

Oklahoma Baptist

42-4

517

5

10

3

Northwood (FL)

39-10

514

6

14

8

Oklahoma Wesleyan

40-9

499

7

11

2

Davenport (MI)

39-6

483

T8

1

5

The Master's (CA)

38-9

462

T8

8

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

34-9

462

10

13

10

Tabor (KS)

38-8

431

11

4

13

Westmont (CA)

35-11

397

12

39

14

LSU Shreveport (LA)

37-11

362

13

2

18

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-10

350

14

16

15

Campbellsville (KY)

25-7

337

15

18

12

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

33-14

322

16

22

23

Northwestern Ohio

35-9

291

17

12

17

Bellevue (NE)

34-11

286

18

19

16

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-15

266

19

3

19

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

39-12

261

20

27

20

Sterling (KS)

36-11

251

21

26

22

St. Thomas (FL)

37-13

226

22

33

RV

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

30-11

183

23

17

24

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

27-7

145

24

43

21

Point Park (PA)

31-10

114

25

38

NR

William Woods (MO)

31-9

106

 

6

 

British Columbia

27-12

 

 

7

 

Vanguard (CA)

35-15

 

 

9

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

26-20

 

 

20

 

York (NE)

37-15

 

 

23

 

Missouri Baptist

33-8

 

 

24

 

Bryan (TN)

39-15

 

 

25

 

Lyon (AR)

27-9

 

 

Published in Game accounts
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:47

Top 25 and recap for April 14

NAIA coaches' poll for April 14, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

8

1

Faulkner (AL)

38-8

589

2

5

2

Davenport (MI)

36-3

563

3

9

3

Northwood (FL)

37-8

558

4

19

4

Oklahoma City

30-9

512

5

1

6

The Master's (CA)

37-7

508

6

30

5

Georgia Gwinnett

37-8

496

7

3

7

Oklahoma Baptist

39-4

484

8

10

8

Oklahoma Wesleyan

37-8

465

9

11

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

33-9

436

10

14

8

Tabor (KS)

38-8

428

11

22

11

Missouri Baptist

30-6

403

12

16

14

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

32-12

382

13

6

12

Westmont (CA)

33-10

354

14

35

15

LSU Shreveport (LA)

32-10

327

15

12

16

Campbellsville (KY)

22-6

310

16

17

17

Embry-Riddle (FL)

30-13

301

17

13

13

Bellevue (NE)

33-10

295

18

2

19

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

31-10

275

19

4

18

Concordia (CA)

36-11

274

20

31

20

Sterling (KS)

33-11

226

21

33

21

Point Park (PA)

29-6

204

22

28

23

St. Thomas (FL)

34-12

197

23

23

24

Northwestern Ohio

32-8

173

24

15

RV

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

22-6

130

25

37

22

Mobile (AL)

30-14

120

9

 

 

British Columbia

24-11

 

18

 

 

Vanguard (CA)

34-13

 

20

 

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

22-19

 

21

 

 

York (NE)

32-14

 

24

 

 

Bryan (TN)

35-13

 

25

 

 

Cal State San Marcos

33-12

 

Published in Game accounts
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:44

Top 25 and recap for April 7

NAIA coaches' poll for April 7, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

10

1

Faulkner (AL)

35-7

559

2

4

3

Davenport (MI)

31-2

538

3

5

4

Northwood (FL)

34-7

520

4

18

5

Oklahoma City

30-8

496

5

26

6

Georgia Gwinnett

35-7

488

6

1

9

The Master's (CA)

34-7

469

7

3

8

Oklahoma Baptist

33-4

467

T8

16

10

Oklahoma Wesleyan

32-7

423

T8

13

2

Tabor (KS)

34-7

423

10

12

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

29-8

394

11

24

7

Missouri Baptist

27-6

367

12

6

12

Westmont (CA)

31-8

365

13

9

14

Bellevue (NE)

31-7

356

14

15

15

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

29-11

336

15

40

T16

LSU Shreveport (LA)

27-9

283

16

11

18

Campbellsville (KY)

20-5

282

17

17

19

Embry-Riddle (FL)

27-13

261

18

8

T16

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

33-11

251

19

2

13

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

27-9

240

20

25

24

Sterling (KS)

28-11

215

21

38

21

Point Park (PA)

24-5

208

22

30

22

Mobile (AL)

28-11

197

23

33

20

St. Thomas (FL.)

30-12

157

24

23

23

Northwestern Ohio

27-7

145

25

37

RV

Peru State (NE)

25-8

108

 

7

 

British Columbia

21-10

 

 

14

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

18-10

 

 

19

 

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

17-6

 

 

20

 

Vanguard (CA)

31-12

 

 

21

 

York (NE)

29-14

 

 

22

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

26-14

 

 

Published in Game accounts
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 18:21

Top 25 and recap for March 31

NAIA coaches' poll for March 31, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

6

2

Faulkner (AL)

32-6

590

2

12

4

Tabor (KS)

32-4

559

3

8

6

Davenport (MI)

25-2

530

4

5

7

Northwood (FL)

31-7

513

5

19

11

Oklahoma City

27-7

501

6

36

5

Georgia Gwinnett

30-6

494

7

23

3

Missouri Baptist

24-4

490

8

11

1

Oklahoma Baptist

30-2

477

9

2

8

The Master's (CA)

31-7

476

T10

26

11

Oklahoma Wesleyan

27-7

393

T10

14

13

Tennessee Wesleyan

25-8

393

12

10

12

Westmont (CA)

28-8

387

13

1

14

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

23-7

359

14

9

15

Bellevue (NE)

26-7

327

15

16

16

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

26-10

310

T16

3

17

Concordia (CA)

30-9

300

T16

49

8

LSU Shreveport (LA)

23-8

300

18

7

19

Campbellsville (KY)

17-4

286

19

15

18

Embry-Riddle (FL)

24-13

263

20

25

20

St. Thomas (FL)

25-10

214

21

35

23

Point Park (PA)

20-5

200

22

38

22

Mobile (AL)

25-10

187

23

22

25

Northwestern Ohio

22-6

174

24

37

21

Sterling (KS)

25-10

133

25

55

24

Union (KY)

21-7

94

 

4

 

British Columbia

19-8

 

 

13

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

15-17

 

 

17

 

Vanguard (CA)

28-12

 

 

18

 

Bryan (TN)

30-9

 

 

20

 

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

12-6

 

 

21

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

24-12

 

 

24

 

York (NE)

22-13

 

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.

Published in Game accounts
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.)

Published in Game accounts
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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