First-place votes: Lee 15, Oklahoma City 4, Northwood (TX)
Concordia-Irvine is #1 in Strength of Schedule
#1 Lee is #16 in strength of schedule. The Flames defeated
#10 Tennessee Wesleyan 4-3 (10 innings). The Flames trailed
3-0 after seven innings, but pinch-hitter Cameron Brewster hit a
two-run home run in the eighth, and 1B Karsten Strieby hit an RBI
single in the ninth to send it into extra innings. DH Corey Davis
drew a bases-loaded walk in the tenth to bring in the winning run.
Andy Hillis got the win with a lights-out relief appearance; he
retired all nine batters he faced, struck out seven of them. The
Flames and the defending champions played each other three times this
season, and the Flames won two of them. All three games had 4-3
scores, and two of them went ten innings (story).
They play one more time on April 9.
The Flames then swept Loyola-New Orleans, 8-2, 11-0, and
10-0. In the first game, RF Derrick Pitts and SS Josh Silver hit home
runs, and Pitts went 2-for-3. Myles Smith got the win, struck out
eight batters in five innings of work. Jose Samayoa, David Eskew, and
C.J. Lusted combined for a one-hit shutout in the second game.
Samayoa went six innings, struck out 11.
Silver and 2B Mark Silva hit home runs, and Silver was 3-for-4 with a
triple and four RBI (story).
Four pitchers combined for the shutout in the third game; Clint Terry
got the win, went five innings, allowed all six Wolfpack hits, struck
out seven. C Jordan Stewart hit a home run in this one. Ten different
Flames collected hits (story).
The Flames continue to be tied with #3 Faulkner for the lead in
the Southern States Athletic Conference. The Flames host #14
Cumberland April 2, and Talladega April 5-6.
#2 Oklahoma City lost
a midweek game to Division II Southern Nazarene 3-2. They then
swept Science and Arts of Oklahoma (ISR
#17), 6-2, 4-3, 10-7, and 2-1 (eight innings, scheduled for
seven). 3B Chris Muñoz hit a solo home run for the winning run in
the first game. DH Jonathan Sigado hit a home run earlier in the
game, finished 2-for-3 with four RBI. Derek Howell went the
seven-inning distance for the Stars, allowed seven hits, struck out
nine. Muñoz also batted in the winning run in the second game, an
RBI single in the fifth inning. He finished 2-for-3, batted in two of
the Stars' four runs. Cody Crabaugh got the win to run his record to
8-1, 1.81 ERA (story).
The Stars trailed the third game 4-0 at one point. Sigado hit an RBI
double in the top of the seventh for the winning run, and the
insurance runs came on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Josh Dickey,
and a home run by SS Chase Jensen. C Kale Gaden went 3-for-5 with
five RBI. Reliever Shane Henderson got his first win of the season.
The fourth game was scoreless during the regulation seven innings.
Ryan Gibson kept the Drovers off the board for the first six innings,
allowed four hits, struck out eight. Jensen hit a two-run home run in
the top of the eighth. The Drovers answered with a sacrifice fly by
3B Heath Wilda in the bottom of the eighth, but a ground out ended
the game. Seth Sturgeon went the distance for the Drovers, allowed
seven hits. Patrick Goelz, who pitched the seventh inning and struck
out two of the four batters he faced, got the win (story).
The Stars host Texas Wesleyan April 2 (live
video for a price), host Mid-America Christian April 4 and 6, and
visit Mid-America Christian April 5. The showdown with #6 Lubbock
Christian is April 12-13.
#3 Faulkner swept Mobile, 5-0, 3-1, and 8-5. Johnny
Shuttlesworh pitched the shutout in the first game, allowed six hits.
1B Ethan Williams hit a three-run home run in the first inning
DH Michael Cruz hit a two-run home run for the winning run in the
second game. Will Dismukes got the win, scattered nine hits, struck
out seven. SS Dauris Holguin hit a two-RBI for the winning run in the
third game; Julian Esquibel got the win (story).
Shuttlesworth has the second-lowest ERA in the NAIA, 0.83. The
Eagles visit Talladega for a double-header April 2, host
Brewton-Parker April 5-6, and host Blue Mountain April 8.
#4 Northwood (TX) won two of three against LSU-Shreveport,
6-1, 5-9, and 5-3 (10 innings). Cody Gray got the win in the first
game, to run his record to 8-1. DH Greg Friesen went 2-for-5 with a
home run and three RBI for the Pilots in the second game. Ben Suit
got the win in relief, but pitched only 2/3 of an inning (story).
2B Isaac Maturino hit a walk-off two-run home run to win the third
game. The Knights out-hit the Pilots 11-4, and used six pitchers
The Knights visit #23 Bacone April 5-6.
#5 and ISR #1 Lewis-Clark State is #8 in strength of
schedule. They won three of four at C. of Idaho, 2-3, 17-3,
11-7, and 13-0. The Coyotes won the first game when a high fly ball
hit by 2B Riley Humberger was lost in the sun, allowing two runs to
score. Vernon Parker got the win (story).
2B Ryan Sells went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, five RBI, and
a sacrifice fly to send in the
winning run in the second game. Carsen Nylund got the win. The third game was nore
lop-sided than the score indicates; the Coyotes got all seven of
their runs in the bottom of the ninth. Steve Thompson held the
Coyotes to three hits over the first seven innings, struck out nine
Seth Haehl and Sal Arena combined for the shutout in the fourth game,
and Haehl got his second start and first win of the season, allowed
three hits over six innings. RF Cody Lavalli went 4-for-5 with a
triple, a double, and three RBI (story).
The Warriors continue to lead NAIA West. They visit
Concordia-Portland April 5-7 (live
#6 Lubbock Christian won three of four at Saint
Gregory's, 3-7, 18-6, 3-2, and
8-0. Ben Moore got the win in the first game, scattered ten hits. C
Wigberto Nevarez hit four home runs
in the second game, and batted in nine of the Chaparrals' 18 runs
He was named NAIA Player of the Week. He also hit home runs in the
third and fourth games. Jack Mabe went the seven-inning distance in
the third game, allowed seven hits, struck out seven. SS Christian
Vasquez singled in the winning tun. Jarrett Porter pitched a one-hit
shutout in the fourth game, struck out ten (story).
Kauten leads the NAIA with 12
home runs. The Chaparrals host #17 Oklahoma Baptist April 5-6.
#7 The Master's lost two of three at #12 Concordia-Irvine,
winning 7-5, and losing 2-0 and 6-0. The Mustangs got four runs in
the top of the eighth to win the first game, all with two outs. SS
Jonathan Popadics hit a two-RBI single for the winning run (story).
Cole Swanson pitched a four-hit shutout in the second game, struck
out five. Matt Palmer batted in the first run for the Eagles, then
scored the second run on a squeeze bunt by Chris Kuber. Chris
Garrison pitched the shutout in the third game, allowed six hits,
struck out five. DH Spencer Ofelt was 2-for-2 with a a double and
three RBI (story).
The Mustangs lead the Eagles by 2 ½ games in the Golden State
Athletic Conference. The Mustangs host Vanguard April 5-6 (good
video). The Eagles host Westmont (ISR #21) April 5-6.
#8 Embry-Riddle avenged a
shutout by Northwestern Ohio by shutting them out 14-0
the next day. Four Eagles pitchers combined for the shutout, and
Kevin Lindheim got the win. Lindheim was also 2-for-3 with three RBI
at the plate; two of the RBI were on bases-loaded walks (story).
The Eagles then won two of three against Ave Maria, 6-5, 1-7, and
4-3. The Eagles had to come from behind in the first game, got an RBI
double by 1B Jordan Johnson in the bottom of the eighth to win it.
Eric Green got the win, pitched the final three innings, allowed two
hits, struck out five. This game drew 357 fans. (story)
Joe Bocchino, who went the distance in the Gyrenes' win over Florida
Gulf Coast, got the win in the second game. He went 8 2/3 innings,
allowed five hits. C Conor Sullivan went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the
Gyrenes. The Eagles had to come from behind in the third game, too;
SS Jordan Romero hit an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to win
it. Stetson Nelson made a solid start for the Eagles, striking out
eight over seven innings of work, but Eric Green got the win in
Green is 5-0, 1.08 ERA, and 43 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings
pitched, all in relief. Nelson has 67 strikeouts, fifth-best in the
NAIA. The Eagles play the single-A Daytona Cubs on April 3, and visit
Florida Memorial April 5-6.
#9 Bellevue has won 19
straight. They got a 6-3 mid-week win over Midland.
Sean McManus got the win, pitched six shutout innings, allowed five
hits, struck out six (story).
They swept four games against Waldorf,
7-1, 6-5, 3-0, and 7-0. Robert Greco went the distance in the first
game, allowed four hits. LF Tanner Moore hit an RBI single for the
winning run in the second game (story).
Ricky Holm pitched a three-hit shutout in the third game, struck out
13. He was upstaged
in the fourth game by Kody McFarland, who allowed two hits, and also
struck out 13, but he
did it in seven innings instead of nine (story).
The Bruins got one more win on
the week, 9-6 against Morningside.
CF Zack Clark went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI (story).
The Bruins host #16 York April 5-6.
#10 Tennessee Wesleyan lost
to #1 Lee in mid-week, and won two of three against #14
Cumberland, 1-0, 2-5 (eight innings, scheduled for seven) and
7-3. Corey Rhoney pitched the shutout in the first game, allowed four
hits, struck out five. 3B Jake Stone doubled in the only run of the
game. Anthony Gomez went the distance in the second game for
Cumberland, allowed no earned runs on five hits. Pinch-hitter Andrew
Henson singled in the winning run. Jarrod Jameson and Tyler Wilson
combined for a two-hitter in the third game. Stone and SS Wes Minton
hit home runs, and courtesy runner Brad Carpenter scored the winning
run on an error. Minton batted in three runs (story).
Stone has ten home runs, and is tied for first place in the NAIA
with Lubbock's Nevarez. Tennessee Wesleyan visits Georgetown C. (KY)
(ISR #14) April 3, and hosts Point April 6-7. They have another game
at Lee April 9.