Tuesday, 26 March 2013 18:54

Top 25 and recap for March 26

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NAIA Coaches' poll for March 26, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below the fold.

RANK

ISR

PRE-
SEASON

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

3

Lee (TN)

26-7

546

2

9

4

Oklahoma City

26-6

530

3

2

NR

Cal State San Marcos

21-2

467

4

4

9

Faulkner (AL)

28-8

466

5

5

NR

The Master’s (CA.)

26-9

464

6

30

5

Rogers State (OK)

20-6

449

7

1

8

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

24-7

443

8

10

7

Embry-Riddle (FL)

25-7

442

9

11

1

Tennessee Wesleyan

25-9

437

10

12

NR

Northwood (TX)

25-6

424

11

45

16

Lubbock Christian (TX)

24-7

375

12

7

17

Bellevue (NE)

19-4-1

354

13

6

11

Concordia (CA.)

24-11

350

14

19

10

Oklahoma Baptist

23-8

289

15

13

RV

Cumberland (TN)

23-11-1

284

16

27

13

St. Thomas (FL)

27-9

263

17

18

14

Missouri Baptist

15-5

262

18

40

22

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

23-3-1

252

19

22

NR

William Carey (MS)

22-10

222

20

16

RV

York (NB)

20-7

206

21

20

NR

Campbellsville (KY)

20-6

198

22

8

NR

Science & Arts (OK)

27-5

193

23

46

15

Sterling (KS)

23-6

188

24

55

NR

Bacone (OK)

25-8

178

25

34

NR

Lyon (AR)

27-5

130


14


Georgetown C. (KY)

18-12



15


Davenport (MI)

11-6



17


Lindsey Wilson (KY)

21-13



21


Virginia Intermont

16-6



23


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

20-9



24


Mobile (AL)

21-10



25


Madonna (MI)

12-5



First-place votes: Lee 6, Oklahoma City 6, Cal State San Marcos 6, Lewis-Clark State 1, Northwood (TX) 1
Concordia-Irvine is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Lee is #8 in strength of schedule. They lost a mid-week game to Bryan, 6-3. The Flames left 10 runners on base, including two in the bottom of the ninth; the game ended with a bases-loaded double play. LF Kevin Layne went 2-for-3 for the Lions, hit a two-run home run. John Cain got the win (story). The Flames swept Southern Polytechnic (ISR #23), 16-1, 6-0, and 6-0. Myles Smith had his most impressive appearance of the season in the first game; seven innings pitched, three hits, no earned runs, 11 strikeouts. The Flames broke the game open with ten runs in the seventh (story). Jose Samayoa went the seven-inning distance in the second game, allowed two hits, struck out three. C Danny Canela went 3-for-4 for the Flames, and his courtesy runner, Trevor Burgess, scored three times. Four pitchers combined for the shutout in the third game; Clint Terry got the start and the win. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowed one hit, struck out seven. DH Corey Davis went 3-for-4 with an RBI (story).

The Flames are tied with #4 Faulkner for the lead in the Southern States Athletic Conference, and the Flames and Eagles will not play each other during the regular season. The Flames visit #9 Tennessee Wesleyan March 27, and Loyola-New Orleans March 29-30.

#2 Oklahoma City swept four games against Saint Gregory's, 12-0, 3-0, 3-1, and 7-0. The first game was a seven-inning no-hitter pitched by Derek Howell. The game was actually close until the seventh inning, when the Stars scored ten of their twelve runs. Howell faced 24 batters, walked two of them, struck out five. He threw 91 pitches. Cody Crabaugh got a seven-inning complete-game two-hit shutout in the second game (story). Dalton Bernardi went the seven-inning distance in the third game, allowed three hits. He also scored the winning run on a home run by 1B Jonathan Sigardo. Saint Gregory's only run of the series came from a solo home run by LF Christian Torres. C Cale Gaden hit a two-run home run in the fourth game. Ryan Gibson, Patrick Goelz, Shane Henderson, and Davis Henderson combined for the seven-inning two-hit shutout. Gibson got the win, struck out six of the 16 batters he faced (story).

The Stars are 26-6. Howell is 5-1, 1.07 ERA, with 36 strikeouts. Crabaugh is 7-1, 1.63 ERA, with 37 strikeouts. The Stars host Southern Nazarene March 26, and #22 Science and Arts of Oklahoma March 28 (live video for a price). They visit USAO March 30.

#3 Cal State San Marcos swept now-Division-II Point Loma Nazarene, 3-1, 8-7, and 5-4. James Dykstra went the distance in the first game, but had to record a strikeout with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win. He allowed seven hits, struck out eight. 3B Kenny Belzer singled in the winning run. This game was played at Point Loma, drew a good crowd (story). Belzer hit a solo home run for the winning run in the second game, went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. He scored the winning run in the third game, singled in by 1B Brandon Bentson. SS Tyler Bernard went 3-for-3 with two runs scored (story).

The Cougars are 22-2. Dykstra is 7-0, 1.12 ERA, with 61 strikeouts. Belzer is batting .366 with 27 RBI. The Cougars host San Diego Christian March 27 and 29.

#4 Faulkner split a double-header with #15 Cumberland, losing 5-1, and winning 8-4. Nick Conley held the Eagles to three hits in the first game, and RF Richie Seaton hit a two-RBI double for the Bulldogs. In the second game, Ryan Smith shut out the Bulldogs for the first six innings, allowed four hits. RF/LF David Bishop hit a two-RBI double for the winning run (story). The Eagles lost another mid-week game to Lindsey Wilson (ISR #17), 9-8. 1B Mitchell Osnowitz hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Blue Raiders (story).

The Eagles swept a conference series at Loyola-New Orleans, 4-2, 3-0, and 16-3. RF David Bishop hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to win the first game. Johnny Shuttlesworth pitched a two-hitter; both of the Wolfpack's runs were unearned (story). Will Dismukes pitched a three-hit shutout in the second game, struck out seven. DH Michael Cruz went 3-for-4, batted in all three of the Eagles' runs. Julian Esquibel got the win in the third game (story).

The Eagles visit Mobile (ISR #24) March 29-30.

#5 The Master's defeated Doane 13-11 in mid-week. The Mustangs led 9-1 after three innings, needed three runs in the seventh to hold on. DH Joe Riddle hit an RBI double for the winning run (story). The Mustangs then swept San Diego Christian, 11-9 (11 innings), 10-0, and 5-1 (nine innings, scheduled for seven). In the first game, the Mustangs had a three-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but CF Chad Erickson hit a three-run home run to send it into extra innings. LF Brett Piper drew a bases-loaded walk to send in the winning run, and 3B Ryan Shackelford hit a sacrifice fly for the insurance run. Cody Harris pitched the eighth through tenth innings, allowed three hits (including the Erickson home run), struck out four, got the win. Erickson had a total of six RBI (story). Andrew Klausmeier and Dalton Thompson combined for the shutout in the second game. Klausmeier got the win, scattered six hits over seven innings. The third game was a pitching duel between Tyler Elrod of the Mustangs and Tyler Sanborn of the Hawks. It was tied 1-1 after the regulation seven innings. The four runs the Master's got in the top of the ninth all came after two outs, and the winning run was scored by pinch-runner Bryce Clancy on a error, when the inning should have been over. Tommy Kister pitched the last two innings, got the win (story).

The Mustangs are 26-9, and lead #13 Concordia-Irvine in the Golden State Athletic Conference by 3 ½ games. The Mustangs and Concordia have a key matchup at Concordia March 27-28.

#6 Rogers State split four games with #14 Oklahoma Baptist, losing 4-1, winning 3-1 (eight innings, scheduled for seven), winning 5-4, and losing 5-2. Julian Merryweather got the win for the Bison in the first game, allowed one run on five hits. LF Jeff Johnson hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run. LF Colton Campbell hit a two-RBI single in an excellent turn at bat in the top of the eighth to win the second game (story). Campbell went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in the third game, and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning on a wild pitch. SS Yael Colon hit a two-RBI single in the top of the fourth to win the fourth game. Jordan Morales went the seven-inning distance for the Bison, allowed five hits, struck out six (story).

The Hillcats host Mid-America Christian March 28 (streaming video), and visit Mid-America Christian March 30.

#7 and ISR #1 Lewis-Clark State is #5 in strength of schedule. They defeated Webber International 7-2; Garrett Wilson got the win (story). The Warriors split four games at #8 Embry-Riddle, winning 2-1 and 5-1, and losing 4-3 and 4-3. In the first game, LF Jake Shirley had two of the Warriors' four hits, and scored both of their runs. The first one came on an errant throw, and the second one was a solo home run. Steve Thompson went the distance for the Warriors, allowed no earned runs on six hits, and didn't walk a batter (story). Anthony Armanino went the distance in the second game, allowed four hits, and also didn't walk a batter. Kevin Maloney got the first loss of his career; he gave up three runs on nine hits over seven innings. 1B Brady Steiger went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI for the Warriors (story). The Eagles got two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the third game, on a sacrifice fly by CF Kyle Chastain, and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Dillon Ennis. Eric Green, who threw nine pitches, got the win (story). Chad Modomo got the win in the fourth game, went seven innings, allowed five hits, struck out five. Sal Arena got his second loss in relief in two days. LF Liam Goodall went 3-for-4 for the Eagles (story).

The Warriors are 24-7, and lead NAIA West. They visit C. of Idaho March 29-31.

The Eagles lost 7-0 to Northwestern Ohio. Pichi Torres and Brodie Mitchell combined for the shutout. Mitchell got the win, struck out seven over five innings (story). The Eagles play Northwestern Ohio again March 26, and host Ave Maria March 29-30 (streaming video for a price). They play the single-A Daytona Cubs on April 3.

#9 Tennessee Wesleyan lost a double-header to Georgetown C. (KY) (ISR #14), 5-4 and 9-4. CF Justin Moore hit a two-RBI triple for the winning run in the first game, was 3-for-4 for the game. Moore was 2-for-3 with two more RBI in the second game (story). He was named NAIA Player of the Week. The Bulldogs then won two of three at Union C. (KY), 9-6, 3-8, and 9-7. Noah Piard got the win in relief in the first game, struck out three of the five batters he faced. Luke Collis went the distance for Union in the second game, scattered ten hits. CF Travis Burnside went 6-for-7 with three doubles and three RBI in the third game. Piard pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief, got his second win of the series (story).

The Bulldogs host #1 Lee March 27, and #15 Cumberland March 29-30.

#10 Northwood (TX) defeated Division III Texas-Dallas 2-1. Four pitchers scattered nine hits for the Knights, and LF Herb Romero hit an RBI single for the winning run. The Knights then swept Wiley, 9-1, 8-3, and 11-1. Five pitchers combined in the first game to hold Wiley to five hits. 1B Bryan Kinard went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the second game. 2B Isaac Maturino went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the third game; Cody Faulkner got the win.

Faulkner is 4-0, 1.67 ERA, with 27 strikeouts. The Knights host LSU-Shreveport March 29-30.

Ave Maria (ISR #56) defeated Florida Gulf Coast, ranked #23 in Division I, 8-6 on March 17. Joe Bocchino went the distance for the Gyrenes, allowed three earned runs on six hits, struck out 5. C Conor Sullivan hit a two-RBI double, and batted in the winning run when he reached on a fielder's choice (story).

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Bob Broughton started going to British Columbia home games in 2001, and was favorably impressed with the caliber of play. This led to annual trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID, a nine-hour drive from Vancouver. He retired in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.

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