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
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
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
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
#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
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
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
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
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
#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