NAIA baseball action during the past week.
#1 Tennessee Wesleyan swept Indiana Tech 7-6, 4-1,
and 3-1. The first game was tied 5-5 going into the seventh and last
inning. The Warriors got a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI
triple by RF Bryan Brudi, but the defending champions tied it on an
RBI single by RF David Donald, and won it on an RBI single by 1B Trey
Griffin. Griffin went 4-for-4, Donald went 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Both teams had three hits in the third game. The winning run came on
a sacrifice fly by C Brackton Smith. Jarrod Jameson got the win; he
went seven innings, allowed no earned runs, struck out seven.
The Bulldogs have won eight straight after losing the first three
games of the season. They host #12 Lindsey Wilson on February 20, and
Indiana-Southeast February 22-23.
#2 LSU-Shreveport won two of three against Culver-Stockton.
Jason Mouton and Cade Bowen combined for a one-hitter in the first
game, won by the Pilots 5-0. Mouton went six innings, allowed the
only hit in the fifth inning, struck out five. Bowen pitched a
perfect inning, struck out one. In the second game, the Pilots
committed five errors, walked seven batters, hit seven batters, and
lost 14-3 (story).
The third game went eleven innings, and the Pilots won 6-5. CF Ridge
Gonsoulin hit an RBI single for the winning run. Winning pitcher Ben
Suit retired every batter he faced over the last three innings
The Pilots host Division II Southern Arkansas on February 19, and
Texas College February 22-23.
#3 Lee swept Mobile 6-3, 3-1, and 12-0. Myles Smith
got the win in the first game, and 2B Mark Silva went 3-for-3 with an
RBI. RF Corey Davis hit a two-RBI single for the winning run in the
second game. Kyle Briner got the win in relief; he struck out five of
the seven batters he faced. The Rams got an excellent effort from
Ryan Hines, who struck out 11 (story).
3B Roberto Duran went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run and four RBI
in the third game. LHP Clint Terry and C.J. Lusted combined for the
three-hit shutout; Terry went six innings, struck out five (story).
The Flames are 10-2. They host Rio Grande February 18, visit Union
C. (KY) February 19, and host #18 Auburn-Montgomery February 22-23.
#4 Oklahoma City needed a two-run home run by Kale Gaden in
the bottom of the eighth to defeat MidAmerica Nazarene 2-1.
Stars starter Derek Howell went seven innings, allowed one run on
four hits, and struck out eight, but the win went to Davis Henderson,
who pitched two perfect innings, and struck out the side in the ninth
The next day, the Stars got another win against MidAmerica
Nazarene, 14-2, and lost to #17 Bellevue 15-3.
In the first game, DH/P Jonathan Sigado went 2-for-2 with a double
and two RBI, and drew two walks. Cody Crabaugh got the win for the
Stars, went six innings, allowed four hits, struck out five. In the
second game, CF Tanner Moore went 4-for-6 with two RBI and four runs
scored for the Bruins. Roberto Greco went the distance for the
Bruins, recorded eight strikeouts (story).
On Sunday, the Stars won a
rematch against Bellevue 11-5. CF Cody Ferrell went 3-for-5 with two
home runs and three RBI. Dalton Bernardi got the win in relief; he
went 4 1/3 innings, allowed two hits, struck out seven (story).
The Stars are 11-3, and Bellevue is 5-1-1. The Stars visit
Division II East Central February 20, and host Tabor February 22-23.
The Bruins visit Missouri Valley February 22-23.
#5 Rogers State lost 6-5 to Bacone in mid-week, and
swept four games against Baker,
4-1, 9-3, 4-0, and 4-3. Bacone trailed 4-0 at one point, but the
Warriors tied it in the bottom of the seventh with a pinch-hit home
run by Eric Folkers, and got the winning run in the bottom of the
eighth with three walks and a wild pitch. Cody McBride, who held the
Hillcats hitless for the last two innings, got the win.
Shawn Spainhoward went the
distance in the first game against Baker, allowed four hits. Kyle
Duncan got the win in the second game, allowed three hits in six
innings of work. Brandon Bargas got the complete-game shutout in the
third game, allowed five hits, struck out eight. Casey Cassity got
the win in the fourth game.
The Hillcats host Ecclesia February 23. streaming
#6 Point Park starts their season February 22 at Martin
Methodist. They visit Talladega February 23, and Campbellsville
February 24 (streaming
#7 Embry-Riddle swept three games against #21 South
Carolina-Beaufort 9-0, 6-3, and 5-1. Kevin Maloney and Jon Rapose
combined for the shutout in the first game (story).
Matt Jacobs went 3-for-3 in the second game, and singled in the
winning run. Chad Modomo got the win, allowed four hits in 7 1/3
innings. Stetson Nelson got the win in the third game, allowed six
hits over 8 1/3 innings, struck out eight. Jacobs went 3-for-4 with
The Eagles are 9-1, and Jacobs is batting .462. They visit Thomas
(GA) February 22-23.
#8 Lewis-Clark State got the first loss of the Jeremiah
Robbins era against Division II Central Washington, 2-1. The Warriors
were on the receiving end of a two-hitter by LHP Skye Adams of the
Wildcats. He struck out six (story).
The Warriors defeated Concordia-Portland 13-2 and C. of
Idaho 5-1 the next day. Starter Garrett Wilson got the win
against C. of Idaho, went seven innings, held the Coyotes to four
hits. CF Zach Holley went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI (story).
On Sunday, the Warriors avenged the loss to Central Washington,
defeating them 14-3. The Wildcats were in the game until the eighth
inning, when the Warriors erupted for nine runs, led by a grand slam
home run by 2B Brian Corliss. Cordell Greene got the win (story).
The Warriors are 7-1. They host Division II Western Oregon
February 22-24. streaming
#9 Faulkner swept Belhaven, 7-2, 10-0, and 10-0.
Will Dismukes, Johnny Shuttlesworth, and Julian Esquibel all went the
distance for the Eagles. Shuttlesworth and Esquibel got shutouts.
Shuttlesworth allowed three hits, struck out six (story),
and Esquibel allowed five hits, struck out seven (story).
The Eagles are 12-1. They host Cumberland on February 19, and
Emmanuel February 22-23.
#10 Oklahoma Baptist won two of three against Peru State,
13-8, 20-3, and 2-3. The Bison led the first game 9-0 after two
innings, but they needed a good relief effort by Chris Rogers to
preserve the win (story).
C Mason Ankeney went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. The Bison
out-hit the Bobcats 5-4 in the third game, by 2B Ronald Tanner hit an
RBI single in the seventh inning to win it. Derek Voigt got the win
in relief (story).
The Bison host Bethany (KS) February 19, Evangel (with a 9-1 record)
February 22, and Central Methodist February 23.
Six Cal State San Marcos pitchers combined for a no-hitter
against non-NAIA, non-NCAA Bethesda. It was the first no-hitter in
school history. In the second game of the double-header, however, the
Cougars were held hitless for five innings by Bethesda's Drew
Hammond. They had to manufacture a run for a 1-0 win. Tyler Bernard
opened the inning with a single, was bunted to second, went to third
on an infield hit by Kyle Secciani (the shortstop who fielded the
ground ball was distracted by Bernard), then scored when a pitch by
Hammond went into the dirt (story).
The Cougars host Biola February 19, and La Sierra February 22 and 24.
The Master's have taken
the lead in the Golden State Athletic Conference lead with a
three-game sweep of Vanguard.
The Mustangs host Arizona Christian February 22-23. Streaming
More teams with good starts: U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
is 12-2. Saint Thomas (FL)
is 10-2. Saint Andrew's is