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The Texas Wesleyan Rams (5-2) swept a double-header (two eight-inning games) at home against the Jarvis Christian Bulldogs (7-6) by identical scores of 8-7.

First game: The Rams took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by 1B Julio Ibarra (Caracas, Venezuela) and a two-RBI single by C Aidan Laurini. They led the rest of the way. The Bulldogs got one back in the top of the second on an RBI single by DH Chase Martinez, and another in the fourth on a solo home run by C Carlos Andrade. The Rams added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by SS Casey Moses, and two more in the sixth on an RBI single by DH Dylan Measells (Stuttgart, Germany) and Ibarra scoring on a wild pitch. The Rams led 6-2 after six innings.

The Bulldogs got back into it with three runs in the top of the seventh. CF DeAndre McGuire hit a single into left field with two runners on base. The left fielder lost track of the ball. McGuire came all the way around to score, and it was a one-run ball game. The Rams answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh; LF Blake Seaton hit an RBI double, was bunted over to third, then scored on a sacrifice bunt by C Garett Crook.

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

 

 

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Tuesday, 15 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 won a 15-inning game against 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.

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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
Monday, 13 May 2013 17:20

2013 Opening Round Results, part II

Missouri Baptist will be making their first-ever trip to the National Championship tournament. They defeated defending champion Tennessee Wesleyan 4-3 (19 innings) in the “if necessary” game of the Kingsport bracket. The Spartans led 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, and starter Ethan Gibbons held the Bulldogs to seven hits over the first eight innings; the only run he allowed was on a wild pitch. The Spartans got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by C Garrett Vail, and two runs in the seventh on a home run by DH Joe Stropp. Gibbons got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the next two batters got base hits. The next batter hit a ground ball to second that should have ended the game, but it was bobbled, and a run scored. The Bulldogs sent it into extra innings with an RBI single by CF Travis Burnside.

The Bulldogs left the winning run on third in the bottom of the tenth and 15th. The Spartans left the bases loaded in the top of the 12th, and left runers on second in the tenth, 13th, 14th, and 16th innings. The Spartans got the winning run when SS Patrick Johnson opened the 19th with a single, went to second on a walk, and was bunted to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Vail.

Published in Game accounts
Saturday, 11 May 2013 22:08

2013 Opening Round Results, part I

Seven of the nine Opening Round brackets were decided today, and two “if necessary” games will be played on Monday, May 13.

Sterling was the first team to qualify for this year's National Championship tournament. They won the Oklahoma City bracket by defeating Oklahoma City 1-0 in the final. Steven Cazares pitched a three-hit shutout for the Warriors. The only run of the game came on an RBI single by C Ian Josh in the second inning.

The Warriors got to the final by defeating Science and Arts of Oklahoma 8-5, and Jamestown 13-3. DH Andrew Clark hit a grand slam home run against USAO; Daniel Cloteaux got the win, despite allowing 13 hits and walking four in six inning of work (story). The Warriors got six runs in the first inning against Jamestown, led by a bases-loaded triple by 3B Anthony Feliciano. Feliciano, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, had a total of six RBI for the game. The Warriors used four pitchers, gave up 14 hits (story).

This will be Sterling's first-ever appearance in the National Championship tournament. The school is located in Sterling, KS. It has 674 students, and supports 16 varsity sports.

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