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  • 2012 Season Preview

    The 56th NAIA baseball season starts today, with defending champion Concordia-Irvine hosting Simpson, Palm Beach State at Saint Thomas (FL), and Point Loma Nazarene playing an exhibition game at UC San Diego. Simpson visits Point Loma on Jan. 25, and The Master's on Jan. 27. On January 26, Doane visits Texas-Brownsville. On January 27-29, Auburn-Montgomery hosts a four-team tournament with Embry-Riddle, Tennessee Wesleyan, and Southern Polytechnic. Also on the 27th, Belhaven hosts Blue Mountain, Brewton-Parker hosts South Carolina-Beaufort, and at least nine more games are scheduled. On January 28, Montreat visits Thomas (GA) and Warner visits Webber International.

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

    #1 – Oklahoma City:The Stars are led by All-American C Chad Carman (.323), IF Miguel Beltran (.346), and LHP Rich Hawkins (10-5, 2.04 ERA). They've loaded up on talent with C Dane Phillips (transfer from Oklahoma State, batted .337 in 2010), RHP Blake Schwartz (transfer from Minnesota State-Mankato, 10-2, 2.11 ERA, 79 K), RHP Patrick Goelz (transfer from Bethune-Cookman, 8-3, 3.09 ERA, 75 K), IF Chris Munoz (transfer from Eastern Oklahoma State JC), OF Cody Ferrell (transfer from Seminole State JC, .367, 8 home runs), and LHP Ryan Gibson (transfer from Oklahoma, 48th round draft pick in 2009). Games to watch: Missouri Baptist Feb. 11-12, at Oklahoma Baptist March 22, 24, Oklahoma Baptist March 23, Rogers State April 5, at Rogers State April 7, at Lubbock Christian April 20-21.

    #2 – Concordia-Irvine:The defending champions lost Matt Ivanoff to graduation, and John Hill and Bryan Nicholson to pro ball. They still have OF Kyle Konicek (.391), RHP Blake Harrison (8-1, 2.74 ERA), and LHP Josh White (2-1, 2.20 ERA). They've added a high-profile JUCO transfer, P/OF Ty Holm (Everett CC), and two Division I transfers, LHP/OF Aaron Gates (Pepperdine, 4-5, team-best 3.15 ERA) and IF Dave Peterson (Hawaii, .283). Games to watch: at Cal State-San Marcos March 9, Cal State-San Marcos March 10, at Point Loma Nazarene March 16, Point Loma Nazarene March 17, at Biola March 29-30, Biola March 31, at Cal Baptist April 5-6.

  • 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.

    Sterlingwas 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 Oklahoma8-5, and Jamestown13-3. 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.

  • 2013 Opening Round Results, part II

    Missouri Baptistwill be making their first-ever trip to the National Championship tournament. They defeated defending champion Tennessee Wesleyan4-3 (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.

  • 2013 season preview

    The 57th NAIA baseball season is already under way, and the Golden State Athletic Conference is already playing conference matchups. The season gets going in earnest this weekend. Defending champion Tennessee Wesleyan visits #9 Faulkner, #2 LSU-Shreveport visits William Carey, Northwestern Ohio visits #3 Lee, #23 Doane visits #4 Oklahoma City, #5 Rogers State visits Arlington Baptist, #20 Georgetown College (KY) visits #7 Embry-Riddle, and #10 Oklahoma Baptist visits Southwestern Oklahoma.

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

    #1 – Tennessee Wesleyan:Pre-season All-American OF Jake Stone (.407, 13 home runs) is back. He had a great summer, led the Coastal Plain League in hitting with a .375 average. Other returnees are OF-DH Drew Levi (.326, 12 HR), OF Travis Burnside (.284), RHP Corey Rhoney (10-0, 2.31 ERA, 64 K), and LHP Josh Coller (10-2, 3.02 ERA, 99 K). The Bulldogs also have a prize recruit, OF Kendall Radcliffe, selected in the 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Games to watch:at Faulkner Feb. 2, at Auburn-Montgomery Feb. 3, Lee Feb. 12, Lindsey Wilson Feb. 20, Georgetown C. March 19, Lee March 27, Cumberland March 29-30, at Georgetown C. April 3, at Lee April 9

    #2 – LSU-Shreveport:OF Kyle Pearson (.353, 14 HR, 66 RBI, 13 stolen bases, 1.000 fielding percentage) is a pre-season All-American. Other returnees are 1B Greg Friesen (.391, 15 HR, 68 RBI), OF Kade Billeaudeaux (.380), RHP Jason Mouton (1-0, 3.60 ERA), RHP Ben Suit (2-0, 2.25 ERA), LHP Jake Byrd (0-0, 0.00 ERA), and LHP Caleb Olsen (0-0, 0.00 ERA). C Jared Vial is a newcomer with the Pilots. Games to watch:Houston-Victoria Feb. 8-9, at Houston-Victoria Feb. 12, Southern Arkansas Feb. 19, Texas-Tyler March 19, at Southern Arkansas April 2, at Centenary April 17, Centenary April 23

  • 2014 Preseason Top 25

    The 2013-14 NAIA Coaches' Preseason poll, released November 12:

    RANK LAST TIME SCHOOL 2013 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
    1 1 Faulkner (Ala.) 56-11 529
    2 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 45-15 507
    3 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 50-15 498
    4 5 Missouri Baptist 37-14 473
    5 10 Oklahoma City 49-13 461
    6 8 York (Neb.) 44-12 421
    7 9 Sterling (Kan.) 48-14 405
    8 12 Tennessee Wesleyan 45-18 403
    9 19 Concordia (Calif.) 35-21 390
    10 14 Cumberland (Tenn.) 49-19-1 371
    11 17 Oklahoma Baptist 44-19 369
    12 6 The Master’s (Calif.) 44-17 345
    13 7 Northwood (Texas) 43-11 338
    14 15 Bellevue (Neb.) 45-10-1 337
    15 20 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 45-20 274
    16 18 Cal State San Marcos 35-12 256
    17 RV Southern Poly (Ga.) 39-18 225
    18 22 Judson (Ill.) 46-17 216
    19 23 Point Park (Pa.) 39-16 209
    20 16 Texas Wesleyan 42-17 200
    21 RV LSU Shreveport (La.) 40-18 188
    22 RV San Diego Christian (Calif.) 39-20 133
    23 25 Georgetown (Ky.) 36-19 120
    24 RV William Carey (Miss.) 36-23 117
    T25 RV Ave Maria (Fla.) 38-21 116
    T25 NR Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 38-13 116

    First-place votes: Faulkner 18, Lewis-Clark State 1

    NAIA press release

  • 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

  • 2016 conference tournament recap

    #1 Georgia Gwinnettswept through the Association of Independent Institutions tournament, defeating Fisher13-3, Mount Mercy9-1, and Clarke6-3 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 Statewon the NAIA West tournament, without giving up a single run. The defending champions defeated Corban7-0, British Columbia3-0, and C. of Idaho5-0. 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, #1in strength of schedule) and C. of Idaho (ISR #12) will be playing in the Opening Round.

  • 2016 MLB draft

    Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft:

    Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
    46 2 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Erceg story Menlo (Calif.) 3B
    119 4 Arizona Diamondbacks Curtis Taylor story British Columbia RHP
    209 7 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Watson   Science & Arts (Okla.) LHP
    234 8 San Diego Padres Benjamin Sheckler story Cornerstone (Mich.) LHP
    258 9 Cincinnati Reds Alex Webb   British Columbia RHP
    266 9 Chicago White Sox Max Dutto   Menlo (Calif.) SS
    277 9 Houston Astros Ryan Hartman story Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
    309 10 Texas Rangers Josh Merrigan story Georgia Gwinnett OF
    379 13 Atlanta Braves Brandon White story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
    416 14 Chicago White Sox Bryan Saucedo story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
    425 14 San Francisco Giants Conner Menez story The Master's (Calif.) LHP
    445 15 Detroit Tigers John Schreiber story Northwestern Ohio RHP
    464 15 Chicago Cubs Jed Carter story Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) RHP
    474 16 San Diego Padres Chris Mattison story Southeastern (Fla.) C
    480 16 New York Mets Jacob Zanon story Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) CF
    575 19 San Francisco Giants Brandon Van Horn   The Master's (Calif.) SS
    604 20 Washington Nationals Jake Barnett   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) LHP
    694 23 Washington Nationals Michael Rishwain story Westmont (Calif.) RHP
    708 24 Cincinnati Reds Bruce Yari story British Columbia 1B
    744 25 San Diego Padres Luis Anguizola   Loyola (La.) C
    778 26 Boston Red Sox Jared Oliver   Truett-McConnell RHP
    799 27 Atlanta Braves Corbin Clouse   Davenport (Mich.) LHP
    801 27 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Cain   Faulkner (Ala.) RF
    860 29 Colorado Rockies Josh Shelley   Mobile (Ala.) RHP
    886 29 St. Louis Cardinals Noel Gonzalez   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
    903 30 Minnesota Twins Quin Grogan   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
    909 30 Texas Rangers Christian Torres   Faulkner (Ala.) LHP
    922 31 Oakland Athletics Sam Sheehan   Westmont (Calif.) RHP
    953 32 Miami Marlins Chevis Hoover   Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
    965 32 San Francisco Giants John Timmins   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
    969 32 Texas Rangers Travis Bolin   Davenport (Mich.) OF
    976 32 St. Louis Cardinals Leland Tilley   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
    982 33 Oakland Athletics Jarrett Costa   Westmont (Calif.) C
    999 33 Texas Rangers Mark Vasquez   Faulkner (Ala.) RHP
    1056 35 Los Angeles Angels Sean Issac   Vanguard (Calif.) RHP
    1086 36 Los Angeles Angels Jose Rojas   Vanguard (Calif.) SS
    1121 37 Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Zamora   Calument (Ind.) RHP
    1134 38 San Diego Padres Will Solomon   Georgia Gwinnett LHP
    1161 39 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Gomez   St. Thomas (Fla.) CF

     

  • 2017 MLB draft

    Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft:

    Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
    228 8 Padres Oliver Basabe story Faulkner SS
    229 8 Rays Riley O'Brien story C. of Idaho RHP
    269 9 Marlins Cameron Baranek story Hope International CF
    293 10 Phillies Connor Brogdon story Lewis-Clark State RHP
    322 11 Diamondbacks Tra'Mayne Holmes   Faulkner CF
    426 14 Giants Michael Sexton story The Master's 3B
    569 19 Marlins Micah Brown story Lewis-Clark State SS
    637 21 Mets Aaron Ford   Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
    641 21 Red Sox Lukas Young story Mobile RHP
    620 22 Braves Justin Morhardt story Bryan C
    664 22 Cardinals Kevin Hamann   Lewis-Clark State RHP
    678 23 Padres Luis Roman story Texas Wesleyan 3B
    681 23 A's Mailik Jones story Missouri Baptist RHP
    732 24 Indians Riley Echols   Freed-Hardeman RHP
    750 25 Royals Tyler James   William Carey CF
    805 27 Angels Brandon Sandoval story Vanguard CF
    818 27 Orioles Nick Vichio   Missouri Baptist RHP
    834 28 Brewers Roberto Delgado story Oklahoma City RHP
    869 29 Marlins Henry McAree   Lewis-Clark State RHP
    905 30 Tigers Kyle Thomas story Northwestern Ohio RHP
    912 30 Indians Zack Draper   C. of Idaho LHP
    949 32 Rays Seaver Whalen   Lewis-Clark State 3B
    958 32 Pirates Hector Quinones story Midway RHP
    976 33 Twins J.J. Robinson   Lewis-Clark State 1B
    979 33 Rays Ivan Pelaez   Faulkner LHP
    987 33 White Sox Kevin George   Menlo LHP
    1041 35 A's Cooper Golby   Lewis-Clark State C
    1056 35 Giants Dalton Combs story Huntington RF
    1089 36 Blue Jays Jonathan Cheshire story Davenport RHP

    More to come...

  • Conference championships roundup

    In everyconference 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 Citywon the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, defeating #3 Oklahoma Baptisttwice, 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.

  • Faulkner wins 2013 National Championship

    The Faulkner University Eagles won their first-ever NAIA Baseball National Championship, defeating the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 11-4 in the final. RHP Johnny Shuttlesworth got his 16th win of the season, and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. (The record for wins is 19, set by Dan Quisenberry in 1975.) He allowed 14 hits over 7 1/3 innings, but only four earned runs. He threw 122 pitches.

    The Eagles got all the runs they needed in the second inning, jumping on Warriors starter RHP Ryan Sells. Sells also plays shortstop for the Warriors (he batted .338 for the season), and this was only his fifth start. The winning run came on a two-RBI single by DH Michael Cruz.

    The Warriors had some chances to get back in the game. The best one was in the bottom of the fourth. They started the inning with two straight singles, and had the bases loaded with one out, but the Eagles turned the only double play of the game to get Shuttlesworth out of the jam.

    RF David Bishop hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. He was 3-for-5 for the game, with two RBI and two runs scored. Cruz finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Attendance: 4,265

  • NAIA Baseball National Championship preview

    Schedule for the first two days of the 65th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 27-June 3, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

    Friday, 8:30 AM: #8 seed Georgia Gwinnett (45-14) vs. #9 MidAmerica Nazarene (39-16)

    Georgia Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) is making their fifth trip to Lewiston. They are the defending champions. They won the Continental Athletic Conference tournament. Twitter: @GGC_Baseball
    Nickname: Grizzlies
    Rankings:#10 in coaches' poll, #30 in Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating. Strength of Schedule: #94 (lowest in tournament)
    Quality wins: 3-1 vs. Northwestern Ohio, U. of the Cumberlands, 1-1 vs. Webber International
    Top position players: IF Braxton Megular (.394, 50 RBI), 3B Jake Defries (.324, 47 RBI), C Austin Bates (.377, 44 RBI), OF Livingston Morris (.327, 18 HR, 65 RBI), OF Blaze O'Saben (.372, 31 RBI), DH J.D. Stubbs (.340, 55 RBI)
    Top pitchers:RHP Kevin Kyle (6-0, 1.41 ERA, 64 K), LHP Tyler Clayton (5-1, 1.99 ERA, 66 K), RHP Rob Hamby (8-2, 2.75 ERA, 80 K), RHP Gavin Heltemes (7-1, 3.31 ERA, 84 K)
    Coach:Jeremy Sheetinger, third season
    Outlook: The Grizzlies won't be repeat champions.

    MidAmerica Nazarene (Olathe, KS) is making their first appearance in the Baseball National Championship. They finished first on the South Division of the Heart of America Conference. Twitter: @mnusports
    Nickname:Pioneers
    Rankings:Unranked in coaches' poll, #15 in ISR. SoS: #28

    Quality wins:4-3 vs. Central Methodist, Freed-Hardeman, 2-0 vs. Oklahoma City
    Top position players: OF Josh Torrance (.379, 7 HR, 40 RBI), 1B/RHP Noah Castillo (.375, 7 HR, 46 RBI, and 7-1, 6.71 ERA, 63 K on the mound), SS Brycen Sherwood (.339, 11 HR, 40 RBI), C Joshuan Sandoval (.307, 15 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Dionathan Cornett (.321, 9 HR, 50 RBI)
    Top pitchers:RHP Nathan Torres (1-0, 0.74 ERA, 43 K, 14saves), RHP Zach Trevino (10-3, 3.88 ERA, 108K), LHP Kristian Hurtado (7-3, 4.61 ERA, 61 K), RHP Eric Navarette (5-5, 5.42 ERA, 80 K)
    Coach:Ryan Thompson, 16th season
    Outlook: Happy to be here.

  • NAIA Baseball National Championship Preview

    Schedule for the first two days of the 64th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 28-June 4, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

    8:30 AM: #8Keiser(36-16) vs. #9LSU-Shreveport (44-14)

    Keiser (West Palm Beach, FL) is making their second trip to the Baseball National Championship. The first one was in 2017, and they went 1-2. Twitter: @KeiserBaseball
    Nickname: Seahawks
    Rankings: #17 in coaches' poll, #9 in Boyd Nation's ISR. Strength of Schedule: #10
    Quality wins:3-0 vs. South Carolina-Beaufort, 3-3 vs. Saint Thomas, 2-0 vs. Oklahoma City
    Top position players: 3B Tim Bouchard (.403, 16 HR, 67 RBI), OF Matthew Catalfo (.389, 7 HR, 62 RBI), OF Ben McConnell (.356, 6 HR, 40 RBI), SS Mason Dineson (.330, 10 HR, 53 RBI), C Zach Mazur (.253, 14 HR, 53 RBI)
    Top Pitchers: RHP Pablo Arevalo (9-3, 1.38 ERA, 114 K), RHP James Reynolds (7-3, 3.65 ERA, 57 K), RHP Deykel Reyes (8-1, 5.52 ERA, 72 K). Arevalo's 1.38 ERA is third-best in the NAIA. He has pitched 117 innings, which is the most in the NAIA.
    Coach: Brook Fordyce, fourth season
    Outlook:The Seahawks are not at the same level as the top four teams in this tournament.

    Louisiana State-Shreveport is making their fourth trip to the Baseball National Championship. The most recent one was 2012, and they finished third. Twitter: @LSUS_Baseball
    Nickname: Pilots
    Rankings: #25 in coaches' poll, #11 in ISR. SoS: #24
    Quality wins:Central Methodist, 2-2 vs. Oklahoma City, Mobile, 2-0 vs. Point Park
    Top position players: 3B Payton Robertson (.417, 7 HR, 56 RBI), OF Kody Kolb (.408, 45 RBI), DH Taylor Fajardo (.345, 15 HR, 43 RBI)
    Top Pitchers: RHP Trent Sholders (6-1, 3.04 ERA, 30 K), LHP Josh Fortenberry (8-2, 3.23 ERA, 63 K), RHP Sebastian Selway (6-3, 3.36 ERA, 86 K), RHP Kevin Miranda (6-3, 5.30 ERA, 70 K), RHP Luisdiego Quintana (4-3, 5.12 ERA, 70 K)
    Coach: Brad Neffendorf, second season
    Outlook:Either the Pilots or the Seahawks will get a win.

  • National Championship preview

    Schedule for the first two days of the 63rd NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-31, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

    8:30 AM: #8 seed Indiana Tech (41-14-1) vs. #9 Bellevue (46-14)

    Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne) is making their sixth trip to the Baseball National Championship. The most recent one was in 2003. They are the champions of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Twitter: @INTechBaseball
    Nickname: Warriors
    Rankings:#23 in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #20
    Quality wins:2-0 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 2-1 vs. Freed-Hardeman, 2-0 vs. U. of the Cumberlands
    Top position players:1B/C Glen McClain (.435, 17 HR, 54 RBI), 3B Branson Dossen (.370, 5 HR, 49 RBI), 1B/3B Jake Defries (.368, 3 HR, 42 RBI). McClain is tied for 12th in the NAIA in hitting and home runs.
    Top Pitchers: RHP Tanner Perkins (5-0, 1.10 ERA), LHP Charles Dunavan (9-1, 2.60 ERA, 93 strikeouts), RHP Seth Sorensen (7-3, 2.24 ERA, 63 strikeouts), LHP Dan Shaw (2-2, 1.79 ERA, 62 strikeouts)
    Coach:Kip McWilliams, 12th season
    Outlook:The Warriors are happy to be here.

    Bellevue (Omaha, NE) is making their 13th trip to the Baseball National Championship. The most recent one was in 2016. They are the champions of the North Star Athletic Association. Twitter: @BUBruinBaseball
    Nickname:Bruins
    Rankings:#21 in coaches' poll, #20 in ISR. SoS: #77
    Quality wins:Saint Thomas, Oklahoma City, LSU-Shreveport
    Top position players: SS Kory Longaker (.385, 12 HR, 57 RBI), C Travis Tanaka (.380, 3 HR, 51 RBI), 3B J.T. Patterson (.379, 24home runs, 87 RBI). Patterson is fourth in the NAIA in home runs, and second in RBI.
    Top Pitchers: LHP Jarrett Poh (9-0, 1.55 ERA, 68 strikeouts), RHP Stephen Knapp (10-2, 2.33 ERA, 51 strikeouts), RHP Colton Walker (5-2, 4.13 ERA, 60 strikeouts). Poh has the sixth-lowest ERA in the NAIA.
    Coach:Duane Monlux, ninth season
    Outlook:The Bruins will win a game.

  • National Championship preview

    Schedule for the first two days of the 62nd NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 25-June 1, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

    8:30 AM: #8 seed Antelope Valley (44-12-1) vs. #9 Reinhardt (41-18)

    Antelope Valley (Lancaster, CA) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship, in only the third season of their program. They won both the regular season and tournament championships of the California Pacific Conference.
    Nickname:Pioneers
    Rankings: #17 in coaches' poll, #29 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #93
    Quality wins:2-2 vs. Lewis-Clark State, Middle Georgia State, 2-1 vs. William Jessup
    Top position players:IF Michael Pereznegron (.398), IF Tyler Pittmon (.376, 9 HR, 64 RBI), OF Adam Maciel (.410, 57 RBI), C/1B Nathaniel Broaddus (.318, 8 HR, 42 RBI)
    Top pitchers: RHP Clayton Rabiej (11-0, 3.28 ERA, 93 K), RHP Jacob Castillo (11-0, 4.75 ERA), RHP Jesse Garcia (7-4, 5.30 ERA, 77 K), LHP Chris Gutierrez (3-0, 2.61 ERA)
    Coach:Jacob Garsez, third season
    Outlook:The Pioneers should win this one, but if they do, Saturday night's game against Faulkner will be a challenge.

    Reinhardt (Waleska, GA) is one of five teams making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship. The Eagles and Freed-Hardeman are tied for fourth in the NAIA in team fielding, with a .971 average.
    Nickname:Eagles
    Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #14 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #24
    Quality wins:1-1 vs. Middle Georgia State, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville
    Top position players: OF Kaleb Swayze (.356, 10 HR, 45 RBI), 1B Sherman Graves (.316, 10 HR, 55 RBI), IF Jacob Cagle (.256, 12 HR, 49 RBI)
    Top pitchers: RHP Heriberto Casasola (Panama City, Panama; 6-2, 2.25 ERA, 48 K), RHP Dylan Powers (11-3, 2.62 ERA), 80 K), RHP Jason Gifford (9-3, 3.32 ERA, 85 K)
    Coach:John Harris, first season
    Outlook:The Eagles are happy to be here.

  • National Championship preview

    Schedule for the first two days of the 61st NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

    8:30 AM: #7 seed Science and Arts of Oklahoma (47-15) vs. #10 The Master's (39-21)

    Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chikasha, OK) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went two-and-out last year, and were taken out by The Master's. The Drovers win the United Nations award for the second straight year; they have an Australian, five Puerto Ricans, and a Dominican Republican.
    Nickname:Drovers
    Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #27 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #37
    Quality wins:3-1 vs. Bellevue, Davenport, 3-1 vs. Friends, Oklahoma Baptist
    Top position players: UTL Christian Perez (.434, 10 HR, 59 RBI, Bayamon, Puerto Rico), RF Randy Ventura (.429, 10 HR, 52 RBI, Carolina, Puerto Rico), C Dillon White (.410, 15 HR, 80 RBI). White's 80 RBI are fifth-best in the NAIA.
    Top pitchers: LHP Francis Ventura (10-1, 1.64 ERA, 88 K), LHP Jose Hidalgo (9-1, 2.04 ERA, 85 K), RHP Ruddy Estrella (1-1, 2.49 ERA, 29 K), LHP Carson Korff (8-0, 2.56 ERA, 52 K). Ventura's ERA is third-lowest in the NAIA, and lowest of the pitchers in this tournament. Hidalgo's ERA is 15th-lowest.
    Coach: Mike Ross, 13th season
    Outlook: The Drovers had to beat a really good Bellevue team twice and a good Davenport team to get here. This is a tough first round matchup for both teams.

    The Master's (Santa Clarita, CA) is making their fourth appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went 1-2 in last year's tournament. The win was 6-1 over Science and Arts of Oklahoma; RHP Brad Lohse pitched a complete game. They won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament by winning five straight after losing the opening game.
    Nickname:Mustangs
    Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #6
    Quality wins:4-1 vs. Menlo, 2-0 vs. Georgia Gwinnett. Defeated Hope International twice in GSAC tournament.
    Top position players: C Jonah Jarrard (.413, 12 HR, 46 RBI), 3B Michael Sexton (.401, 16 HR, 59 RBI), CF Max Maitland (.351), SS Aaron Shackelford (.316, 14 HR, 50 RBI), 1B David Sheaffer (262, 8 HR, 59 RBI)
    Top pitchers: RHP Danny Lutz (2-1, 2.53 ERA, 29 K), RHP Aaron Alexander (10-4, 2.84 ERA, 95 K), RHP Robert Winslow (8-5, 2.92 ERA, 97 K), RHP Jason Karkenny (5-2, 4.28 ERA, 49 K)
    Coach: Monte Brooks, 21st season
    Outlook: After a slow start, the Mustangs went 24-4 since March 25, and enter this tournament with a nine-game winning streak. Preview from The Master's College.

  • 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.

  • National Championship preview

    Schedule for the first two days of the 57th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

    9 AM: #8 seed Sterling (48-12) vs. #9 Missouri Baptist (35-12)

    Sterling (Sterling, KS) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
    Nickname:Warriors
    Rankings: #15 in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
    Quality wins:Oklahoma City, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1-1 vs. York
    Top position players:IF Joe Battaglia (.422, 10 HR, 63 RBI), IF Joe Williams (.395), OF Jared Forbush (.391)
    Top pitchers:RHP Steven Cazares (9-1, 0.86 ERA), RHP Daniel Cloteaux (10-3, 2.81 ERA, 70 K). Cazare's ERA is second-lowest in the NAIA.
    Coach: Adrian Dinkel, second season
    Outlook: Happy to be here.

    Missouri Baptist (Saint Louis) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
    Nickname:Spartans
    Rankings: #20 in coaches' poll, #23 in ISR. SoS: #56
    Quality wins:2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, including a 19-inning win in the final of the Kingsport bracket. 1-1 vs. Cumberland, 1-1 vs. Lindsey Wilson
    Top position players: IF Patrick Johnson (.387), OF Ryan Gunhouse (.373, 7 HR, 40 RBI), IF Pier Olivier-Dostaler (.322, 34 RBI), IF Joseph Taylor (.241, 9 HR, 43 RBI). Olivier-Dostaler is one of six Canadians on the Spartans' roster, and they also have two Puerto Ricans.
    Top pitchers:RHP Ethan Gibbons (10-0, 2.09 ERA, 85 K), RHP Julien Soucy (5-2, 1.90 ERA)
    Coach: Eddy Uschold, 14th season
    Outlook: The Spartans will go home with a win.

  • National Championship preview

    Schedule for the first two days of the 59th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 22-23, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

    9 AM: #7 seed Lindsey Wilson (41-17) vs. #10 Vanguard (38-20)

    Lindsey Wilson (Columbia, KY) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
    Nickname:Blue Raiders
    Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
    Quality wins:2-1 vs. Auburn-Montgomery, 1-1 vs. Faulkner, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville, 2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan
    Top position players: RF Alex Bautista (.383, 19 HR, 72 RBI), 3B Ryan Harper (.400). Bautista's 72 RBI is fourth-best in the NAIA.
    Top pitchers: LHP Scott Sebald (10-3, 1.07 ERA), LHP Ryan Hartman (10-2, 2.04 ERA, 103 K)
    Coach: Jonathan Burton, fourth season
    Outlook: Happy to be here.

    Vanguard (Costa Mesa, CA) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship; the first one was in 1985.
    Nickname:Lions
    Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #16 in ISR. SoS: #12
    Quality wins:4-2 vs. Westmont, British Columbia, Northwestern Ohio
    Top position players: OF Brandon Sandoval (.291, 36 stolen bases), SS Jose Rojas (.333, 12 HR, 57 RBI), OF Paul Keating (.330)
    Top pitchers:RHP Sean Isaac (9-5, 2.91 ERA, 92 K), RHP Scott Torrey (6-1, 3.07 ERA)
    Coach: Rob Pegg, third season
    Outlook: The Lions play in the very competitive Golden State Athletic Conference, and got to the National Championship by winning the toughest Opening Round bracket. They should do better than their #10 seeding, but won't be championship contenders.

    Noon: #8 Concordia-Irvine (47-16) vs. #9 Saint Thomas (44-16)

    Concordia-Irvine (CA) is making their third appearance at the Baseball National Championship. (It will be their final appearance; they are moving to Division II next year.) They won the championship in 2011.
    Nickname:Eagles
    Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #2 in ISR. SoS: #3 (highest in tournament)
    Quality wins: 1-1 vs. Oklahoma City, 1-1 vs. Lewis-Clark State, 6-1 vs. Vanguard
    Top position players: SS Ryan Goodman (.314), OF Robert Shiroky (.292), OF Mitchell Esser (.312, 52 RBI)
    Top pitchers: RHP Tyler Mark (5-1, 1.30 ERA, 64 K), RHP Dillon Moran (9-4, 3.63 ERA, 64 K), RHP Isaiah Terrazas (6-2, 2.61 ERA). Mark has 23 saves, the most in the NAIA.
    Coach: Mike Grahovac, seventh season
    Outlook: The Eagles won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament, and split with #1 Oklahoma City in the Opening Round to make it here. They should be a contender for the championship.

    Saint Thomas (Miami Gardens, FL) is making their fifth appearance at the Baseball National Championship; the last one was in 2007.
    Nickname:Bobcats
    Rankings: #20 in coaches' poll, #22 in ISR. SoS: #25
    Quality wins:2-1 vs. Northwood, 2-1 vs. Georgia Gwinnett, Westmont
    Top position players:1B Eric Santamaria (.374, 53 RBI), 3B Paul Chacin (Maracuabo, Venezuela; .335, 69 RBI), LF Jerry Downs (.348, 7 HR, 51 RBI)
    Top pitchers:RHP Marcos Barrios (9-2, 3.63 ERA, 78 K), RHP Alex Hernandez (3-1, 2.93 ERA, 43 K). RHP Chris Rodriguez (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 26 K, 12 saves)
    Coach: Jorge Perez, sixth season
    Outlook:The Bobcats are happy to be here.

  • Opening Round tournaments, second day

    Results from the second day of the NAIA Baseball Opening round:

    At Hardeeville, SC:

    South Carolina-Beaufort 7, Faulkner 3: The #5-ranked Eagles went two-and-out, and the Sand Sharks gave Corey Black his second loss of the season. The Sand Sharks scored five runs in the last two innings, and the winning run came on a pinch-hit RBI single by Blake Cilwick. Miles Galvin got the win for the Sand Sharks, struck out eleven. The Sand Sharks play Union U. (TN) on Saturday, and the winner plays Saint Thomas.

    Saint Thomas (FL) 6, Union U. (TN) 3: The Bobcats go to 2-0 in the tournament. Pinch-hitter Oscar Romero hit a two-RBI single for the winning run.

    At Paducah, KY:

    LSU-Shreveport 1, Lindsey Wilson 0: Lindsey Wilson starter Darren Travers gave up a run in the first inning on an RBI single by 1B Greg Friesen, and held the Pilots scoreless the rest of the way. The Pilots needed a shutout from Jared Mortensen, and got one. Mortensen held the Blue Raiders to four hits, struck out ten, and walked only one. The Pilots will face the Peru State-Lindsey Wilson winner tomorrow for the championship.

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