Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:11

Top 25 and recap for April 17

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 17, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

4

1

LSU Shreveport

37-4

558

2

7

3

Oklahoma City

32-7

530

3

2

2

Lee (TN)

42-8-1

529

4

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

33-8

501

5

6

4

Faulkner (AL)

41-9

497

6

5

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

34-9

454

7

15

7

Oklahoma Baptist

34-9

444

8

8

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

34-13

427

9

22

10

Point Park (PA)

36-7

410

10

9

9

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

31-10

389

11

10

13

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

35-10

381

12

3

11

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

27-14

370

13

14

12

St. Thomas (FL)

33-10

368

14

13

18

Georgetown C. (KY)

37-8

285

15

17

24

Shorter (GA)

35-12

261

16

11

19

The Master's (CA)

29-15

257

17

21

20

Taylor (IN)

29-11

255

18

42

14

Lubbock Christian (TX)

26-15

248

19

18

22

South Carolina-Beaufort

31-14

247

20

44

23

Judson (IL)

34-9

231

21

54

21

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

31-17

205

22

16

16

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

31-20

198

23

30

15

Avila (MO)

29-8

155

24

29

RV

C. of Idaho

32-12

130

25

23

RV

Rogers State (OK)

33-12

112


12


Cal State-San Marcos

22-17



19


Biola (CA)

18-22



20


Vanguard (CA)

18-16



24


Tabor

32-8



25


Texas Wesleyan

33-15


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 18, Azusa Pacific 2

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (19-4 RRAC) won two of three close games against Texas-Brownsville, 1-2, 8-7, and 10-9. The loss ended a 16-game winning streak, and was Jared Mortensen's first loss of the season. Zach Armstrong went the seven-inning distance for the Scorpions, allowed only three hits, struck out six. (Mortensen allowed four hits, struck out ten.) 2B Scott Frasier hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run for the Scorpions. SS Manny Estrada hit a home run to win the second game, and he drew a bases-loaded walk to send in the winning run in the third game. The Pilots visit William Carey April 18, host Texas Wesleyan April 20-21, and close their regular season at Division III Centenary April 24. -14. The Pilots lead the Red River Athletic Conference, and can clinch the pennant with one win against Texas Wesleyan.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 22:05

Top 25 and recap for April 10

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 10, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

1

LSU Shreveport

30-3

527

2

2

3

Lee (TN)

39-6-1

508

3

8

2

Oklahoma City

30-7

491

4

5

6

Faulkner (AL)

36-9

477

5

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

31-8

451

6

7

4

Embry-Riddle (FL)

32-11

433

7

16

7

Oklahoma Baptist

31-8

425

8

6

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

31-8

421

9

9

12

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

29-9

382

10

20

8

Point Park (PA)

31-6

365

11

4

11

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

26-13

362

12

14

14

St. Thomas (FL)

31-9

353

13

13

16

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

29-10

320

14

39

13

Lubbock Christian (TX)

25-13

266

15

35

19

Avila (MO)

29-6

263

16

10

17

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

28-18

258

17

17

23

Tabor (KS)

29-5

224

18

15

21

Georgetown C. (KY)

32-7

223

19

12

24

The Master's (CA)

28-14

207

20

21

RV

Taylor (IN)

23-11

195

21

50

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

26-16

182

22

26

RV

South Carolina-Beaufort

27-13

179

23

43

20

Judson (IL)

29-8

147

24

24

RV

Shorter (GA)

32-12

140

25

22

9

Spring Arbor (MI)

26-7

137

11

Cal State-San Marcos

21-16

18

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

29-17

19

Biola (CA)

17-21

23

Vanguard (CA)

16-15

25

Belhaven (MS)

31-15

First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 17, Oklahoma City 1, Azusa Pacific 1

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (17-3 RRAC) swept Houston-Victoria 9-0, 3-1, and 8-0. Matt Lackie pitched a three-hit shutout in the first game, and Jared Mortensen pitched a seven-inning three-hit shutout in the third game, struck out eleven. Logan Norris nearly got a third shutout, but the Jaguars scored a run in the last inning. SS Manny Estrada hit a two-RBI triple. A scheduled game at Division II Southern Arkansas was rained out. Mortensen has an ERA of 1.09, third-best in the NAIA. The Pilots host Texas-Brownsville April 13-14. The Pilots have won 14 straight, and lead the Red River Athletic Conference; Texas-Brownsville is second with a with a 15-6 conference record.

Lee (21-3 SSAC) defeated Cumberland 6-3, and swept three games against Southern Polytechnic, 9-7, 6-5, and 7-0. 1B Roberto Reyes hit a grand slam home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth to win the first game against Southern Polytechnic. LF Mike Moore hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh of a seven-inning game for the winning run in the second game. Vince Spilker, Kyle Briner, and Andy Hillis combined for the shutout in the third game; 2B Blake Barber batted in three runs. The Flames host Tennessee Wesleyan April 11, and Auburn-Montgomery April 13-14. The Flames and #4 Faulkner continue to be tied for the Southern States Athletic Conference lead.

Oklahoma City (18-3 SAC) won two of three games against Rogers State, 5-3, 1-3, and 6-5 (eight innings, scheduled for seven). SS Chris Muñoz scored the winning run in the first game on a sacrifice fly by RF Dane Phillips; Muñoz went 3-for-4 with a home run. Brandon Bargas went the distance for the Hillcats in the second game, held the Stars to five hits, struck out ten. All three of the Hillcats' runs came on a home run by 2B Hector Rivera in the third inning, and Bargas had a shutout going into the seventh. 1B Miguel Beltran batted in the winning run with a fielder's choice in the third game; Patrick Goelz, who held the Hillcats scoreless over the last 2 2/3 innings, got the win in relief. The Stars host Oklahoma Christian April 12 and 14, and visit Oklahoma Christian April 13. The Stars lead the Sooner Athletic Conference; #x Oklahoma Baptist is in second place with a 13-5 record.

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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 18:18

Top 25 and recap for April 3

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 3, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

4

2

LSU-Shreveport

30-3

523

2

11

3

Oklahoma City

28-6

493

3

3

1

Lee (TN)

35-6-1

490

4

5

4

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-9

480

5

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

28-6

475

6

9

8

Faulkner (AL)

31-9

421

7

19

6

Oklahoma Baptist

29-7

416

8

17

9

Point Park (PA)

28-3

411

9

10

10

Spring Arbor (MI)

24-3

382

10

8

7

Tennessee Wesleyan

28-8

369

11

2

14

Concordia (CA)

24-11

364

12

6

15

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

25-8

347

13

35

11

Lubbock Christian (TX)

23-11

314

14

20

12

St. Thomas (FL)

28-9

290

15

13

20

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

27-12

288

16

12

RV

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

25-10

246

17

16

16

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

26-16

220

18

46

21

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

25-13

214

19

45

NR

Avila (MO)

24-5

163

20

37

24

Judson (IL)

26-6

161

21

22

17

Georgetown C. (KY)

28-7

145

22

21

25

Belhaven (MS)

30-12

143

23

30

RV

Tabor (KS)

25-5

142

24

14

RV

The Master's (CA)

23-11

116

25

7

23

Cal State-San Marcos

21-13

104


15


Biola (CA)

17-20



18


Vanguard (CA)

14-15



23


Shorter (GA)

28-11



24


Fresno Pacific (CA)

19-16



25


Campbellsville (KY)

25-10


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 15, Azusa Pacific 2, Lee 1, Oklahoma City 1

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (17-3 RRAC) defeated Division III Louisiana College 5-1, and swept three games at Southwest Assemblies of God, 18-2, 8-2, and 10-6. The Pilots outhit Louisiana College 15-3. They scored ten runs in the top of the ninth in the first game against SAGU, allowed three hits. C David Dorton hit an inside-the-park home run. 3B Devin Greco went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the second game, and 3-for-4 with three RBI in the third game. The Pilots visit Division II Southern Arkansas April 4, and host Houston-Victoria April 6-7. The Pilots lead the Red River Athletic Conference; Texas-Brownsville is second with a with a 13-5 conference record.

Oklahoma City (16-2 SAC) swept three games against Saint Gregory's, 7-2, 6-2, and 12-5. 1B Miguel Beltran, LF Kale Gaden, and SS Chris Muñoz hit home runs in the first game. RF Dane Phillips went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI in the second game. Phillips moved to catcher for the third game, went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. The Stars host Rogers State April 5, and visit Rogers State April 7. The Stars lead the Sooner Athletic Conference; #7 Oklahoma Baptist and Lubbock Christian are tied for second place with 11-4 records.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:33

Top 25 and recap for March 26

The NAIA Coaches' poll for March 26, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

PRE-
SEASON

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

3

Lee (TN)

33-4-1

554

2

3

6

LSU-Shreveport

26-3

536

3

12

1

Oklahoma City

25-6

511

4

8

5

Embry-Riddle (FL)

26-9

486

5

1

RV

Azusa Pacific (CA)

24-6

485

6

17

9

Oklahoma Baptist

27-5

464

7

5

18

Tennessee Wesleyan

26-6

450

8

10

8

Faulkner (AL)

28-9

415

9

9

RV

Point Park (Pa.)

22-3

403

10

6

NR

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

19-2

351

11

27

4

Lubbock Christian (TX)

21-10

349

12

16

RV

St. Thomas (FL)

26-6

343

13

20

RV

Campbellsville (KY)

23-6

331

14

4

2

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

20-11

322

15

22

11

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

21-8

311

16

19

13

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

23-14

282

17

11

NR

Georgetown C. (KY)

26-4

244

18

41

NR

Bethel (TN)

19-10

227

19

18

24

Northwood (TX)

18-8-1

205

20

21

21

Southern Poly (GA)

24-11

166

21

45

NR

Freed-Hardeman (TN.)

23-12

163

22

39

NR

C. of Idaho

22-9

153

23

7

RV

Cal State San Marcos

19-11

147

24

33

NR

Judson (IL)

21-6

111

25

25

15

Belhaven (MS)

25-12

106


13


Lindsey Wilson (KY)

19-10



14


Biola (CA)

17-16



15


Tabor (KS)

20-4



23


Northwestern Ohio

17-8



24


Vanguard (CA)

14-11


First place votes: Lee 13, LSU-Shreveport 3, Oklahoma City 1, Azusa Pacific 3

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

Lee (17-1 SSAC) won two games against Freed-Hardeman 5-2 and 6-5, and swept three games against Brewton-Parker, 5-4, 2-0, and 15-3. DH Corey Davis hit a walk-off home run in the second game against Freed-Hardeman to give coach Mark Brew his 300th win. 1B Roberto Reyes went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the first game against Brewton-Parker, and 2-for-6 with a grand slam home run in the third game. Patrick Merkling and Jose Samayoa combined for a two-hit shutout in the second game. Merkling is 7-0, 0.83 ERA (third-best in the NAIA), with 62 strikeouts. The Flames visit Southern Wesleyan March 30-31. The Flames lead the Southern States Athletic Conference; Faulkner is second with a 15-3 record.

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Monday, 30 January 2012 22:06

Recap for January 30

Concordia-Irvine has started the season 3-0, with an easy win over Simpson, and a double-header sweep of Arizona Christian, 6-3 and 10-7. C/DH Chris Kuber is batting .600 for the Eagles, Blake Harrison, Brent Clapper, and Thomas Hoenshell got the wins. The defending champions don't play again until Feb. 8, at Division II Cal State-Los Angeles.

Auburn-Montgomery hosted a round-robin event with four ranked teams, and the result was a draw. The Warhawks (they are no longer the Senators), Embry-Riddle, and Tennessee Wesleyan went 2-2, and Southern Polytechnic went 1-1. The best game of the event was probably the first one, a 2-1 win for the Warhawks over Embry-Riddle. Story at Auburn-Montgomery site: Dugan's Walk-Off Gives Warhawks Split with No. 5 Embry-Riddle. Enbry-Riddle got a complete seven-inning game from Chad Modomo in a 5-2 win over Tennessee Wesleyan; it was Modomo's first start for the Eagles. The Warhawks host Webber International Feb. 3, and Southeaster Feb. 4. The Eagles host Florida Memorial Feb. 3-4.

Belhaven swept three games against Blue Mountain, 4-0, 6-3, and 15-4. Geoffrey Thomas, Matthew Shaw, and Robert Marzoni combined for a four-hit shutout in the first game. Thomas, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, pitched six shutout innings, allowed one hit, struck out five. The Blazers host Tougaloo Jan. 31, and visit LSU-Alexandria Feb. 3-4.

Wayland Baptist swept four games against U. Of the Southwest, 6-2, 5-4, 3-1, and 6-3. The Pioneers score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the second game; freshman LF Colton Palmer hit a two-RBI single, and freshman SS Bernie Rosario hit a walk-off RBI double. The Pioneers will be playing at the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, AZ Feb. 2-4, with College of Idaho, Fresno Pacific, Lewis-Clark State, and Point Loma Nazarene.

More teams with good starts: Loyola-New Orleans is 4-0, Emmanuel is 3-0.

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While the Cardinals and Rangers were taking the night of October 26 off, Canada defeated the USA 2-1 in the final of the Pan American Games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.

You can be excused for not being especially excited about this news, but for Canada's national baseball program and Coach Ernie Whitt, it's a huge win; this was Canada's first-ever gold medal in senior international competition.

The Canadian roster included four players who played baseball at NAIA schools: RHP Jimmy Henderson (Tennessee Wesleyan), LHP Mark Hardy (British Columbia), RHP Chris Kissock (Lewis-Clark State), and DH Emerson Frostad (Lewis-Clark State).

Henderson played for the 2003 Bulldog team that won the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship. He was drafted in the 26th round by the Nationals, and is now in the Brewers organization. Hardy was drafted by the Padres in the 43rd round in 2010. Kissock played for L-C State's national championship teams in 2006 and 2007, and was drafted by the Phillies in the 9th round in 2007. Frostad, a national team veteran (he played in the 2008 Olympics), was drafted in the 13th round by the Rangers, and is currently in the Astros organization. He played for L-C State's national championship teams in 2002 and 2003.

Hardy, Henderson, and Frostad played minor roles during the tournament. Hardy pitched three innings, allowed three hits and a run. Henderson pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowed three hits. Frostad played in one game, went hitless in four at-bats.

Kissock was a different story. He pitched four shutout innings (two hits allowed, struck out three). Two of the innings came in a key win against Venezuela. The other two came in the semifinal against Mexico, and he got the save.

Story and film highlights from ESPN

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Saturday, 28 May 2011 01:56

National Championship recap for May 27

Results from the first day of the NAIA Baseball National Championship, in Lewiston, ID:

Concordia-Irvine 7, Faulkner 2
LSU-Shreveport 5, Lee 4
Lubbock Christian 7, Oklahoma Baptist 2
Lewis-Clark State 5, Tennessee Wesleyan 4

Concordia-Irvine 7, Faulkner 2

Faulkner started their ace, R.L. Eisenbach, and Concordia was able to score four runs on five hits on him in only three-plus innings. Eisenbach was chased by a two-RBI double by 2B Robbie Knowles. The first of the two RBI held up as the winning run; Concordia starter Dean Persinger held Faulkner to two runs on four hits over the first six innings, and reliever Josh White held Faulkner scoreless the rest of the way.

Knowles got a sacrifice fly late in the game, and finished 1-3 with three RBI. LF Kyle Konicek went 2-4 with a double and two RBI.

Box score and play-by-play
Story from NAIA site

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Saturday, 21 May 2011 00:09

National Championship preview

Schedule for the first day of the 55th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday, May 27, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #8 seed Faulkner (48-13) vs. #9 Concordia-Irvine (38-18)

Faulkner (Montgomery, AL) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Eagles
Rankings: #12 in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #29
Significant wins: 2-2 vs. Brewton-Parker, 1-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 2-1 vs. Union C. (KY)
Top position players: LHP/OF Tucker Willard (.391), IF Daniel Cayton (.371), IF Michael Clayton (.355, 15 HR, 69 RBI)
Top pitchers: LHP R.L. Eisenbach (14-1, 1.36 ERA, 112 K), RHP Jacob Simmons (10-3, 3.70 ERA), RHP Colby Broussard (4-0, 4.29 ERA, 8 saves). Eisenbach leads the NAIA in wins. He made two starts for Lubbock Christian in the 2009 BNC. One of them was a complete-game 2-1 loss to Point Loma Nazarene, one of the best games played in Lewiston in recent years. He allowed five hits, struck out eight. (Click here and scroll down for story.)
Coach: Patrick McCarthy, second season
Outlook: Faulkner will probably go 1-2.

Concordia-Irvine (Irvine, CA) is making their second trip to Lewiston; the first one was in 2006. They won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament, and come into this tournament with an eight-game winning streak.
Nickname: Eagles
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #12 in ISR. SoS: #1
Significant wins: 2-0 vs. British Columbia, 2-4 vs. Cal Baptist, 3-2 vs. Fresno Pacific, Cal Poly Pomona
Top position players: 1B Bryan Nicholson (.423, 9 HR, 61 RBI), OF Kyle Konicek (.380)
Top pitchers: RHP Blake Harrison (7-1, 2.67 ERA, 60 K), RHP Dean Persinger (6-4, 3.82 ERA, 56 K), RHP Brent Clapper (8-4, 4.20 ERA, 61 K), RHP Ryan Day (1-1, 4.00 ERA, 7 saves)
Coach: Mike Grahovac, third season
Outlook: Concordia had a strong finish in a tough conference, and won the Opening Round bracket with the strongest field. They can finish in the top four. The first game will be tough if Faulkner starts Eisenbach.

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Sunday, 15 May 2011 20:08

Opening Round Recap for May 15

During the first two seasons of the current “direct qualification” arrangement, no unranked teams made it through to the Baseball National Championship in Lewiston. The lowest ranked team to get to Lewiston was Tennessee Wesleyan, ranked #24 at the end of the 2010 season.

This season turned out differently. Concordia-Irvine (ISR #14) and Tennessee Wesleyan (ISR #28) will be in the Baseball National Championship field.

Concordia-Irvine won the Riverside bracket, defeating #3 Cal Baptist 4-2 in the final. DH Bryan Nicholson hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to win it for the Eagles. Brent Clapper, who allowed six hits in 7 1/3 innings, got the win.

The was the Eagles' eighth straight win, and their 20th win in their past 22 games.

Tennessee Wesleyan won the Paducah bracket, defeating #5 Cumberland 9-2 in the “if necessary” game. DH David Bergin hit two home runs and had six RBI for Wesleyan in the all-Bulldogs matchup. Josh McDaniel, pitching for Wesleyan on short rest, went six innings, allowed no earned runs on two hits. Corey Collins went the rest of the way, held Cumberland scoreless; both of Cumberland's runs came in the first inning.

Cumberland defeated Wesleyan 19-10 earlier the same day. LF Jesse Bowman went 4-5 with six RBI for Cumberland; Bergin hit two home runs for Wesleyan in this game, too, and he now has 23 on the season.

Wesleyan defeated Cumberland 5-3 earlier in the tournament, and the starters were Bergin and Aaron Wilkerson. Neither got a decision, but Bergin got the best of the matchup, went 6 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on six hits, struck out seven. Wilkerson, making the last appearance of his career, went three innings, allowed three runs on eight hits. His numbers for 2011 are 12-0, 1.49 ERA, and 90 strikeouts. He had 26 straight wins in his two seasons at Cumberland. He got the only at-bat of his career in a 14-7 win over William Jewell in this tournament; he came in as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, and reached on a fielder's choice.

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Monday, 21 February 2011 01:19

Recap for February 20

Cumberland got their first loss of the season against McKendree, 2-1. The Bearcats scored both of their runs in the bottom of the seventh of a seven-inning game. Will Locante of the Bulldogs went the distance, allowed only three hits, but two of those hits, and the only walk issued by Locante, came in the seventh inning. C Kyle Moll hit an RBI single to tie it. Moll then scored the winning run on a squeeze bunt.

The Bulldogs rebounded with a 12-3 win over McKendree, then defeated Belhaven 4-2. Aaron Wilkerson got the win over Belhaven, went seven innings, allowed four hits, struck out seven. The Bulldogs out-hit the Blazers by only 7-6, but two of the Bulldogs' hits were home runs by RF Cory Farris; he batted in all four runs. Farris hit another home run earlier in the day against McKendree.

The Bulldogs host Brewton-Parker Feb. 25-26, and Indiana Tech Feb. 27. Brewton-Parker is 10-1 (see below). The Blazers, who are 7-2, host Bethel (TN) Tuesday and Wednesday, and LSU-Alexandria Feb. 25-26.

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