NAIA baseball action during the past week, with Boyd Nation's ISR
ISR #1 Lewis-Clark
State is also #1 in strength of schedule. They swept
four games against Menlo,
10-3, 8-1, 2-0, and 11-7. 2B Brian Corliss was 2-for-4 with a
bases-loaded triple in the first game (story).
RF Cody Lavalli went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the
second game. Carsen Nylund and Steve Thompson combined for the
shutout in the third game; Nylund went eight innings, allowed two
hits, struck out eight. LF Jake Shirley scored the winning run on a
ground out by CF Zach Holley in the first inning (story).
Lavalli hit another home run in the fourth game, went 2-for-4 with
four RBI (story).
The Warriors host Oregon Tech
March 15-16 (streaming
audio). They then travel to Daytona Beach, FL for six games,
starting with Saint Thomas on March 18.
#2 Faulkner lost a
mid-week game to Point, 3-2. All three of Point's runs were
unearned, and Tommy Braddock got the win for the Skyhawks. The Eagles
then lost the first game of a series at Spring Hill, 6-5 (ten
innings). The Eagles trailed most of the game, but took a 5-4 lead in
the top of the ninth on three unearned runs. The Badgers sent it into
extra innings with an RBI single by 2B Brian Sims. The winning run
came on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Trey Marshall. Douglas
Keller, who allowed only one hit the last three innings, got the win
The Badgers didn't get another run in the series; the Eagles won
the remaining two games 6-0 and 11-0. Will Dismukes and Julian
Esquibel pitched the shutouts. 1B Ethan Williams hit a three-run home
run in the first game, and C Zach Colby went 3-for-4 with a home run
and four RBI in the second game. (story).
The Eagles are 21-4, and Esquibel is 6-0 in six starts, with an
ERA of 1.05. The Eagles visit Blue Mountain March 12, and host #18
William Carey March 15-16.
#3 Lee lost two of three at #18 William Carey. They
lost the first two games 8-2 and 4-2, and won the third game 5-4.
Jake Fabre went the distance for the Crusaders in the first game,
allowed seven hits, struck out 14.
The Flames used six pitchers, and six of the Crusaders' runs were
Vito Perno hit a two-RBI single in the first inning for the winning
run in the second game; Cullen Babin got the win. The Flames nearly
got swept; they trailed 4-2 going into the ninth inning of the third
game. Danny Canela hit a two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to
tie it, and Corey Davis, pinch-running for Canela, scored on a wild
pitch for the winning run. Andy Hillis got the win in relief; he
pitched 2 1/3 innings, didn't allow a hit, struck out four, and was
throwing 99 MPH fastballs
The Flames host #23 Lindsey Wilson March 12, and Emmanuel March
#4 Cal State San
Marcos defeated Ashford 8-2 (story),
and won two of three against Sioux Falls, 9-1, 6-3, and 0-9.
In the first game against Sioux Falls, James Dykstra struck out 12,
tying a school record he set last season. C Kody Sepulveda batted in
three runs for the CSUSM (story).
Henry Ojeda pitched the shutout for Sioux Falls in the third game,
allowed five hits. 3B Jeremy Varner went 3-for-4 with three RBI for
Dykstra is 5-0, 1.38 ERA, with 43
strikeouts; he has recorded 11 or more strikeouts in his last three
appearances. CSUSM hosts Vanguard March 15, and visits Vanguard March
#5 Embry-Riddle was 8-0 for the week. The Eagles started by
defeating Clarke 3-2; 3B Jeff Lemon singled in the winning
run. Stetson Nelson got the win, and Kevin Maloney, Benjamin-Antwan
Brown, and Ronnie Lozada held Clarke to one hit over the last three
The Eagles defeated Bethel (TN) 7-1; Brian Johnson and Brown
combined for a two-hitter. They defeated Aquinas 5-1; LF Liam
Goodall went 3-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run and rwo RBI.
Dylan Demarest went 5 2/3 innings, allowed four hits, struck out six
The Eagles then swept a double-header against Point Park, 8-3
and 2-1. Kevin Maloney got the win in the first game to run his
career record to 23-0. DH Dillon Ennis hit a walk-off RBI single to
win the second game (story).
The Eagles got another walk-off win against Viterbo the next
day. They trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Ennis
hit a single, and pinch-runner Connor Williams scored the tying run
on a throwing error, which also allowed Ennis to go to third. Ennis
then scored the winning run on a balk. Brown got the win in relief,
retired all nine batters he faced (story).
The Eagles finished the week with a double-header sweep of Edward
Waters, 9-4 and 5-2. The Eagles trailed the first game 4-2 going
into the bottom of the fifth, but a two-RBI double by C Adam Cellini
provided the winning run. CF Kyle Chastain went 3-for-4 with a
double, three RBI, and a stolen base in the second game (story).
The Eagles are 21-3, and have won 11 straight. They host Indiana
Tech March 14, and return to Sun Conference play hosting Northwood
(FL) March 15-16. Streaming
video (for a price)
#6 Cumberland (#2 SoS)
swept three games at Shawnee State, 8-7
(13 innings), 4-1, and 12-5. The winning run in the first game came
on a double steal by DH Daniel Harrison and 2B Josciel Veras. Kevin
P. Green held the Bears scoreless over the last 6 2/3 innings; he was
helped by two double plays, one of which ended the game in the bottom
of the 13th (story).
SS Cory Urquart singled in the winning run in the second game, went
3-for-5 with a double and two RBI (story).
The Bulldogs got another win against #41 Missouri Baptist,
7-1. Tyler Adams went the distance, allowed three hits (story).
The Bulldogs host Judson and
play Missouri Baptist again on March 12 (live
video for a price). They host West Virginia Tech on March 13,
visit Pikeville March 15-16, and Freed-Hardeman March 18.
#7 Georgetown C. (KY)
swept three games against Lindsey Wilson,
10-0, 6-0, and 2-1 (8 innings, scheduled for 7). Matt Smith pitched
the shutout in the first game (story), Tyler Arthur and Brett Smith
combined for the shutout in the second game. 3B E.J. Murray hit a
sacrifice fly for the winning run in the third game.
The Tigers host
Indiana-Southeast March 14, and visit Campbellsville March 15-16.
won two of three at Vanguard,
10-4, 3-4, and 2-1 (11 innings). 2B Spencer Ofelt went 2-for-4 with a
home run and four RBI in the first game; Cole Swanson got the win.
The Eagles outhit the Lions 9-6 in the second game, but the Lions got
an unearned run on an RBI single by CF Thomas Mobley to win it
3B Ryan DiMascio singled in the winning run in the third game; he was
3-for-4 for the game. Starter Chris Garrison went 7+ innings, allowed
four hits, struck out ten. Danny Romero went the last four innings,
got the win; he allowed only one hit, struck out five.
The Eagles trail #10 The
Master's by two games in the Golden State Athletic Conference. They
host Sioux Falls March 12-13, and visit Arizona Christian March
#9 Oklahoma City
got a 9-4 midweek win over Oklahoma Wesleyan; SS
Chase Jensen batted in three runs, and Ricky Spain got the win
The Stars then split four games with #28 Oklahoma Baptist.
They won the first two games at home, 5-4 and 3-2. The Stars trailed
4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh and final inning of the
first game; C Cale Gaden hit an RBI double to win it. Davis
Henderson, who faced four batters, got the win. Starter Derek Howell
went 6 1/3 innings, allowed four hits, struck out seven. 3B Chris
Munoz hit a home run for the winning run in the second game; Cody
Crabaugh went the distance for the Stars, allowed four hits (story).
The Bison won the next two games at their home, 5-2 and 3-2. CF
Kevin Hatch hit a three-run home run in the first game. Julian
Merryweather got the win, went five innings, allowed four hits,
struck out six. Ryan Gibson and Davis Henderson combined for a
no-hitter for the Stars in the second game, but the Bison got three
unearned runs in the second inning. 2B Greg Nelson got an RBI by
drawing a bases-loaded walk, and RF Mitch Warne, who reached on a
walk, scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Jordan Morales went the
seven-inning distance for the Bison, allowed six hits, struck out 10
The Stars visit Northwood (TX) March 12, host Briar Cliff March
video for a price), and host Division II East Central March 18.
Morales is 2-0, 1.90 ERA with 24 strikeouts for the Bison. They
host East Central March 12, non-NAIA Dallas Christian March 15-16,
and Tabor March 18.
#10 The Master's
defeated Ashford 10-1, and swept Westmont 8-5, 6-4, and
7-1. The Mustangs used six pitchers to hold Ashford to three hits
LF Steve Karkenny hit two home runs in the first game against
Westmont, went 3-for-5 with six RBI (story).
Karkenny got three RBI in the second game. Tyler Elrod got the win in
the third game, scattered six hits over six innings, struck out five
Karkenny is batting .380 with six home runs and 30 RBI for the
Mustangs. They visit Biola March 15-16. Streaming
video (good quality)
More teams with good starts: Freed-Hardeman is 19-2-1, U.
of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is 20-3, and Lubbock Christian