First-place votes: Oklahoma City 15, Lee 4, Northwood (TX)
Westmont (#12 ISR) is #1 in Strength of Schedule
#1 Oklahoma City (#37 in
SoS) swept four games against #6 Lubbock Christian,
3-2, 4-3, 1-0, and 7-3. SS Chase Jensen hit a home run in the bottom
of the seventh to win the first game. Derek Howell went the
seven-inning distance, allowed five hits, struck out nine. Cody
Crabaugh got the win in the second game, went 4 2/3 innings, allowed
four hits, struck out five. RF Jonathan Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly
for the winning run (story).
Shane Henderson and Davis Henderson combined for the shutout in the
third game; Henderson went 5 2/3 innings, allowed five hits, struck
out seven. Jensen hit an RBI single to bring in the only run of the
game. In the fourth game, the Stars scored all seven of their runs in
the sixth inning. The winning run was scored by Jensen on a passed
ball, and two more were walked in. Patrick Goelz got the win in
relief, struck out two of the three batters he faced (story).
Crabaugh is 10-1, 2.07 ERA. His ten wins put him in a tie with
Jarrod Jameson of Tennessee Wesleyan for second-best in the NAIA.
Howell is 8-1, 1.31 ERA (eighth-lowest in the NAIA), with 60
strikeouts. The Stars lead #15 Rogers State by three games in the
Sooner Athletic Conference. The Stars visit Wayland Baptist April
#2 Lee defeated #10 Tennessee Wesleyan in mid-week,
8-6. CF Brady Renner hit a two-RBI single for the winning run in the
bottom of the seventh inning, but the Flames were able to hold onto
the lead with another phenomenal relief performance by Andy Hillis.
He walked three of the batters he faced, and struck out the other
eight. The Flames won two of three games against the defending
champions during the regular season (story).
The Flames then won two of three against Southern Wesleyan,
2-4, 3-2, and 11-1. Matt Craig went the distance for the Warriors in
the first game, scattered eight hits, struck out four. The Warriors'
winning and insurance runs came on hit batters with the bases loaded
The Warriors out-hit the Flames 6-4 in the second game, but the
Flames got three unearned runs on three errors in the fifth inning.
Jose Samayoa got the win. Keegan Yuhl pitched seven shutout innings
in the third game, allowed four hits, struck out seven. SS Josh
Silver went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, and drew two walks
The Flames now have a slight lead in the Southern States Athletic
Conference standings. Faulkner has two more wins, but one more loss.
The Flames host Tennessee Temple April 17, and visit Brewton-Parker
April 19-20. They host Georgia Gwinnett April 22-23 (streaming
#3 Northwood (TX) swept
three games against Huston-Tillotson,
10-0, 12-3, and 5-2. Roman Gomez, Colton Reavis, and Jacob Overbay
combined for the shutout in the first game; Gomez went five innings,
allowed four hits, struck out six. RF Joee Reyna went 3-for-4 with a
double and three RBI and three runs scored. The Knights started the
second game with seven runs in the first inning, led by a three-run
home run by 1B Mario Cardona. 1B Adam Humes went 3-for-4 in the third
game, and his home run was the winning run.
The Knights continue to lead #24 Bacone by ½ game in the Red
River Athletic Conference standings. They visit Jarvis Christian
#4 Faulkner won two of three against Southern
Polytechnic (ISR #25),
12-6, 4-0, and 1-5. In the first game, the Hornets got six runs (four
earned) off Johnny Shuttlesworth in the first three innings, but the
Hornets were held scoreless the rest of the way, and 2B Luis Sanchez
went 4-for-4 with a triple, a double, and five RBI, and 1B Cayleb
Coker hit a two-run home run (story).
Will Dismukes and Labradford Griffis combined for the shutout in the
second game; Dismukes went six innings, allowed seven hits, struck
out six. Matt Adams got the win for the Hornets in the third game,
went eight innings, allowed four hits, struck out seven. C Steven
Seiter hit a three-run home run in the first inning (story).
The Eagles visit Union C. (KY) April 19-20.
#5 and ISR #1 Lewis-Clark State is #13 in strength of
schedule. They swept four games against Simpson,
3-2, 13-0, 9-2, and 4-2. All three of the runs in the first game came
in the second inning; RF Cody Lavalli scored on a throwing error, and
DH Kevin Hawk hit a two-RBI double. Lavalli was 4-for-4. Anthony
Armanino got the win, went five innings, allowed four hits, struck
out nine. Lavalli went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, and five
RBI in the second game. Carsen Nylund and Kasey Knigge combined for
the shutout; Nylund went seven innings, allowed five hits, struck out
DH Kyle Knigge went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the third game. Simpson
led the fourth game 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Warriors had trouble solving Simpson starter Joshua Graves, who
held them to six hits over the first seven innings. However, the
Warriors tied it with a leadoff home run by Lavalli, got the winning
run on a two-RBI single by 3B Jacob Cano. David Murillo got the win
in relief, pitched three perfect innings, struck out five of the nine
batters he faced (story).
Lavalli was named NAIA West Player of the Week. The Warriors
continue to lead NAIA West. They visit Division II Western Oregon
April 19-21 (live
#6 Bellevue swept Central Christian, 6-1, 7-2, 7-0,
and 4-0. Robert Greco went the distance in the first game, allowed
five hits. DH Tanner Moore went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, an
RBI, and three runs scored. 3B Nate Mullins hit two two-run home runs
in the second game. Michael Calderon went the seven-inning distance,
allowed four hits, struck out seven (story).
Ricky Holm went eight innings in the third game, allowed three hits,
struck out 15. RF Dusty Kerns went 4-for-5 with two doubles
and an RBI. Kody McFarland pitched a one-hitter in the fourth game,
and had a no-hitter going into the seventh and final inning. He
struck out 12, didn't walk a batter. DH Dan Smolinski singled in the
winning run (story).
The Bruins got a third straight shutout against Dakota State,
2-0. Kyle Kinman went the seven-inning distance in this one, allowed
four hits, struck out ten. Both of the runs scored on a double by 2B
Andy Smolinski. The Bruins completed the double-header sweep with a
5-3 win, scoring all their runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Sean Felt got his first win of the season, in relief. He struck out
seven batters in only 3 2/3 innings, allowed no runs on two hits. LF
Tanner Moore went 2-for-3, and moved from the outfield to the mound
to pitch the seventh inning, got his sixth save of the season
Holm is 7-0, 2.82 ERA, and 78 strikeouts on the season. The Bruins
are a game behind #14 York in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic
Conference; they both have two conference losses. The Bruins host
Oklahoma Wesleyan April 19-20.
#6 Lubbock Christian was swept by #1 Oklahoma City (see
above). However, they salvaged a 6-5 win over Division I Texas Tech.
RF Brent Leslie hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth, scoring
SS Christian Vasquez for the winning run. 2B Brennan Smith went
2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI for the Chaparrals. The Chaparrals
used five pitchers; Monty McCasland, who pitched the seventh and
eighth innings, got the win; he allowed one hit, struck out three.
Kyle Forsyth got a save. The announced crowd was 2,680
The Chaparrals host #15 Rogers State in the battle for second
place in the Sooner Athletic Conference April 19-20 (live
#8 Embry-Riddle lost 2-1
(10 innings) at Tampa, ranked #2 in Division II. The Eagles' only run
came in the first inning, on a sacrifice fly by RF Kevin Lindheim
that was just short of a home run. The Eagles stranded nine base
runners. Tampa won it on an RBI single by pinch-hitter B.J. Zimmerman
The Eagles then won two of three
against #23 Saint Thomas,
5-3, 14-3, and 1-2 (six innings). The first game was close all the
way, even though the Eagles out-hit the Bobcats 11-4. The winning run
was singled in by SS Jordan Romero in the bottom of the eighth
inning. Ronnie Lozada got the win in relief (story).
Lindheim went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the second
game. The third game was halted by heavy rain and lightning. 1B Oscar
Romero scored the winning run for the Bobcats, on a ground out by SS
Cesar Ramirez. Josh Ruiz got the win, allowed two hits and struck out
five over five innings (story).
The Eagles lead the Bobcats by 1
½ games in The Sun Conference. They visit Webber International April
19-20, and host Brewton-Parker April 22 (live
video for a price).
#9 The Master's was swept
by Arizona Christian
(ISR #9), 15-4, 7-0, and 13-3. RF Nathan Enriquez went 4-for-6
with a double and four RBI for the Firestorm in the first game
LHP Mike Lachapelle, a transfer from New Mexico, pitched a
complete-game shutout in the second game, scattered eight hits,
struck out 12. Lachapelle
was named NAIA Pitcher of the Week. The Firestorm got seven runs in
the second inning of the third game. C Orrin Sears went 3-for-4 with
a three-run home run, a triple, and four RBI. Stephen Thompson got
the win, went six innings, allowed two runs on three hits, struck out
The Mustangs lead #13 Concordia-Irvine by 1 ½ games in the Golden
State Athletic Conference. The Mustangs visit #11 Cal State San
Marcos April 19-20.
#10 Tennessee Wesleyan lost a game to #2 Lee in
mid-week (see above). The Bulldogs then won two of three at
Reinhardt, 8-3, 4-1, and 4-5. 3B Jake Stone hit a home run for
the winning run in the first game. Corey Rhoney went the distance,
allowed only one earned run on eight hits, struck out seven (story).
Jarrod Jameson got the win in the second game, running his record to
10-0, 3.03 ERA. He allowed three hits in six innings. CF Travis
Burnside scored the winning run on an error, and RF Trey Griffin hit
a two-run home run. C Tyler Adams hit an RBI single for the winning
run for the Eagles in the third game. The Bulldogs got three runs in
the top of the seventh and final inning. The Bulldogs had the bases
loaded with one out. SS Wes Minton flied out; LF Logan Dalton tagged
up at third, but was thrown out at the plate to end the game (story).
Stone has 11 home runs, which puts him in a tie for fourth place
(with Joel Lutz of Lubbock Christian and two others) in the NAIA. Griffin has ten home runs. The
Bulldogs lead Union C. (KY) by 4 ½ games in the Appalachian Athletic
Conference. They visit Georgia Gwinnett on April 17, and host
Montreat April 20-21.