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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, 26 April 2016 14:40

Top 25 and recap for April 26

NAIA coaches' poll for April 26, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

47-4

498

2

9

2

Bellevue (NE)

39-7

477

3

2

3

Faulkner (AL)

41-11

460

4

4

4

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

40-7

451

5

3

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

36-10

437

6

6

7

Westmont (CA)

39-7

424

7

5

8

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

38-13

388

8

7

5

South Carolina-Beaufort

37-9

385

9

22

11

Tabor (KS)

38-13

366

10

36

10

Jamestown (ND)

44-5

353

11

14

12

Missouri Baptist

36-11

339

12

24

17

Sterling (KS)

40-11

316

13

28

9

Vanguard (CA)

35-12-1

308

14

8

13

Middle Georgia State

38-13

288

15

10

19

Davenport (MI)

34-10

275

16

26

14

York (NE)

37-13

241

17

17

22

Science & Arts (OK)

38-10

238

18

39

15

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

35-14

221

19

11

21

William Carey (MS)

34-15

192

20

18

16

Campbellsville (KY)

31-15

189

21

16

18

Bryan (TN)

33-15

173

22

42

20

Texas Wesleyan

33-15

166

23

19

25

IU Southeast (IN)

30-11

142

24

13

RV

St. Thomas (FL)

31-17

122

25

34

RV

Southwestern Christian (OK)

39-7

96

 

12

 

Madonna (MI)

29-14

 

 

15

23

Keiser (FL)

32-19

 

 

20

24

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

33-20

 

 

21

 

British Columbia

34-17

 

 

23

 

The Master's (CA)

31-15

 

 

25

 

Menlo (CA)

32-18

 

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, 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
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, 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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