First-place votes: Oklahoma City 13, Faulkner 5, Northwood
Westmont is #1 in Strength of Schedule
#1 Oklahoma City (#38 in SoS) won their third straight
Sooner Athletic Conference pennant, winning three of four against
Rogers State, 4-6, 7-1, 3-1, and 6-3. The Hillcats got three
runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the first game; DH Brandon
Bargas bunted a run in, C Emmanuel de la Cruz hit an RBI single, and
2B Hector Rivera drew a walk to bring in a run. Shawn Spainhoward
went the seven-inning distance for the Hillcats, allowed eight hits.
Cody Crabaugh and Ricky Spain combined for a one-hitter in the second
game; Crabaugh allowed the hit and the run, struck out five. 3B Chris
Muñoz scored the winning run on an error, went 2-for-3 with a double
and three runs scored (story).
Shane Henderson went the seven-inning distance in the third game,
allowed three hits, struck out nine. RF Jonathan Rodriguez and 1B
Forrest Smith hit home runs. The Stars got all the runs they needed
in the first inning of the fourth game; Smith hit a two-RBI single
for the winning run. Ryan Gibson got the win, pitched five innings,
struck out ten (story).
Crabaugh is 12-1, 2.07 ERA. He is tied for second (with Jarrod
Jameson of Tennessee Wesleyan) in the NAIA in wins. The Stars are
hosting (with Oklahoma Baptist) the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament. The
first part of the tournament is round-robin, and the Stars play
Mid-America Christian May 1, Rogers State May 2, and Science and Arts
of Oklahoma May 3. The tournament final is May 4 (live
video for a price).
#2 Faulkner won the
Southern States Athletic Conference pennant by sweeping
13-2, 8-4, and 8-4. Johnny Shuttlesworth got the win in the first
game, allowed five hits and struck out five in five innings. 3B Sergio
Sanchez went 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored (story).
Sanchez' hot streak continued into the next day. He went 2-for-4 with
a home run and three RBI in the second game, and 3-for-5 with two RBI
in the third game. Will Dismukes got the win in the second game, went
6 1/3 innings, allowed three hits. The third game was close; it was
tied 4-4 after seven innings, but the Eagles got a sacrifice fly by
RF Esteban Paula in the top of the eighth for the winning run, then
added three more runs in the ninth. Brad Griffis got the win in
relief, allowed no runs and one hit over 2 2/3 innings (story).
Shuttlesworth is 11-1, 1.23 ERA.
Dismukes is 10-1, 2.29 ERA, with 81 strikeouts. Shuttlesworth is tied
for fourth in the NAIA in wins, and seventh in the NAIA in ERA.
Dismukes is tied with eight pitchers, including A.J. Work of The
Master's, for sixth place in wins.
The Southern States Athletic
Conference tournament started April 30 in Columbus, GA. The first
part of the tournament is round-robin, and the Eagles play
Auburn-Montgomery again April 30, Southern Polytechnic May 1, and
Belhaven May 2. The championship game, where there is a possibility
for the Eagles and #3 Lee to face each other for the first time this
season, is scheduled for May 4.
#3 Lee swept Truett-McConnell, 12-1, 11-5, and 15-0.
3B Brandon Rader, LF Cameron Brewster, RF Derrick Pitts, and DH Corey
Davis hit home runs in the first game. Myles Smith got the win, went
seven innings, allowed one run on four hits, struck out six (story).
Rader went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the second game;
four Flames pitchers combined to hold Truett-McConnell to four hits.
Davis went 3-for-6 with a grand slam home run, a double, and five RBI
in the third game; Jeremy Stawychny got the win (story).
The Flames are in the Southern
States Athletic Conference tournament, and play Brewton-Parker April
30, Mobile May 2, and William Carey May 3 (live
#4 Northwood (TX) won
their first-round game in the Red River Athletic Conference
tournament 8-6 against Texas College.
They needed a sacrifice fly by RF Joee Reyna in the top of the eighth
to win it. Colton Reavis got the win; he pitched two innings, and
struck out five of the eight batters he faced. The Knights lost to
LSU-Shreveport 8-2 in
the second round; Cade Bowen of the Pilots held the Knights to five
hits over 7 2/3 innings. The Pilots took over the game with six runs
in the top of the third inning, completed by a two-RBI single by 2B
Parker Hebert (story).
The Knights then got a 12-3 win
over Jarvis Christian,
but they were taken out of the tournament in a 9-5 loss to Texas
Wesleyan. Texas Wesleyan and
LSU-Shreveport are playing for the tournament championship.
#5 Lubbock Christian won three of four against Wayland
Baptist, 15-8, 3-7, 20-16, and 10-0. Ten of the runs in the first
game came with two out. 1B Brandon Wilson went 5-for-5 with a home
run and four RBI; he tied the school record for most hits in a game.
Dalton Silva got the win in relief; he held the Pioneers to one run
on three hits over the final four innings, struck out six (story).
Ryan Downs got a complete seven-inning game win for the Pioneers in
the second game, allowed six hits, struck out five. CF Johnny
Hendrixon hit a two-run home run to win it. The Chaparrals tied
another school record in the third game by hitting nine home runs; LF
Brett Kauten and 3B Joel Lutz each hit three of them. Kauten, a
transfer from Kansas State, also hit a triple, and one of his home
runs was a grand slam; he went 4-for-5 with nine RBI (story).
The fourth game was a scoreless tie until the seventh inning. The
Chaparrals scored all ten of their runs in the bottom of the seventh
to end the game with the mercy rule. In that disastrous half-inning,
the Pioneers committed two errors, walked four batters, and hit
another; the Chaparrals needed only four hits to score the ten runs,
and there were no outs when the game ended. Kyle Forsyth pitched the
shutout, scattered six hits, struck out four (story).
Lutz has 60 RBI, fifth-best in the NAIA. Kauten leads the NAIA
with 17 home runs, and Lutz is tied for second with 15. Kauten was
selected NAIA Player of the Week. The Chaparrals are playing in the
Sooner Athletic Conference tournament at Oklahoma Baptist, and play
Saint Gregory's May 1, Wayland Baptist May 2, and Oklahoma Baptist
May 3 (live
#6 Embry-Riddle swept
three games at Thomas (GA), 6-3, 2-1, and 3-2 (11
innings). CF Kyle Chastain went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in
the first game; Stetson Nelson got the win (story).
The Eagles got all their runs in the second game on a two-run home
run by RF Kevin Lindheim in the first inning. The Night Hawks got one
back in the bottom of the eighth, and had the bases loaded with one
out in the bottom of the ninth, the result of three walks by Eric
Green. However, Green struck out the next two batters to end it.
Kevin Maloney got the win, to run his record to 9-1, 2.49 ERA. He
went eight innings, allowed three hits, struck out nine. Green faced
six batters, walked three of them, struck out the other three.
Lindheim got three of the Eagles' five hits. In the third game,
Lindheim scored in the top of the eighth when the Night Hawks didn't
complete a double play, to tie the game and send it into extra
innings. SS Jordan Romero hit an RBI single in the top of the
eleventh to win it. Ronnie Lozada pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings for
the win, struck out four (story).
The Sun Conference tournament is under way in Fort Myers, FL. The
Eagles lost 2-0 (11 innings) to South Carolina-Beaufort in
the first round. Stetson Nelson pitched ten shutout innings for the
Eagles, allowed seven hits. Myles Galvin, Andrew Barrineau, and Kyle
McCullough combined for the shutout for the Sand Sharks, held the
Eagles to six hits. DH Ryan Walker hit an RBI single for the winning
The Eagles play Ave Maria in a loser-out game May 1. The Sand Sharks
will play the loser of the Saint Thomas/Webber International game.
#7 The Master's (ISR #1,
and #7 in SoS) swept Westmont (ISR #15), 7-1, 5-1, and
10-0, and won their first Golden State Athletic Conference pennant
since 2003. A.J. Work went the distance in the first game, allowed
one run on nine hits. SS Jonathan Popadics hit an RBI double for the
winning run (story).
The second game was decided by three unearned runs on the fifth
inning; Tyler Elrod got the win. Four Mustangs pitchers combined for
the shutout in the third game, allowed five hits. The Mustangs got
five runs in the first inning; LF Steve Karkenny singled in the
winning run (story).
The Mustangs are hosting the Golden State Athletic Conference
tournament. Their first game is against Arizona Christian May 2
#8 Tennessee Wesleyan swept two games at Virginia
Intermont, 2-1 and 11-1; a third scheduled game was canceled due
to bad weather. The Bulldogs were out-hit by the Cobras 5-4 in the
first game, but the Bulldogs got an RBI double by RF Trey Griffin and
an RBI single by SS Wes Minton in the sixth inning to win it. Justin
Sprenger got the win in relief, struck out two of the four batters he
faced. 1B Jake Stone went 2-for-2 with a triple, a double, and three
RBI in the second game. Jarrod Jameson got the win, pitched four
shutout innings, allowed three hits, struck out five (story).
The Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament is under way in
Kingsport, TN. The Bulldogs play Montreat in the first round. The
Cobras won their first-round game against Saint Andrews 7-1.
Jameson is 12-0, 2.61 ERA, with 57 strikeouts, and his twelve wins
puts him in a tie for second in the NAIA.
#9 Bellevue won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
pennant by sweeping four games against C. of the Ozarks, 10-7,
22-4, 4-1, and 5-0. The Bruins took over the first game with eight
runs in the bottom of the third inning. DH Kyle Kinman got it started
with a two-RBI single, and the Bruins helped their cause with three
stolen bases. Robert Greco got the win, went eight innings, allowed
one unearned run on two hits, struck out ten. LF Tenner Moore went
2-for-3 with a home run, a double, and four RBI in the second game
Kody McFarland got the win in the third game, went seven innings,
allowed one run on four hits, struck out 11. 1B Brian Embery hit an
RBI double for the winning run. 3B Nate Mullins went 2-for-3 with a
home run and two RBI. Ricky Holm went the seven-inning distance for
the shutout in the fourth game, allowed three hits, struck out nine.
Embery hit a two-run home run (story).
The Bruins finished their regular season with a 4-1 win over Briar
Cliff; Embery batted in three
runs, Taylor Stark got the win (story).
The Bruins are hosting the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
May 2-4. They will play Central Baptist in the first round (live
audio). #11 York will play Oklahoma Wesleyan in the first round.
#10 Lewis-Clark State split four games against British
Columbia (ISR #17), 1-16, 12-2, 3-4, 12-9, and won their second
straight NAIA West pennant. The Thunderbirds had 23 hits in the first
game. RF Jerod Bartnik hit two home runs, batted in five runs. C
Brody Hawkins went 5-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI. The
Thunderbirds had a shutout going into the eighth inning; Sean
Callegari went seven innings, allowed four hits, struck out six,
didn't walk a batter. The Warriors got six runs in the third inning
of the second game, led by a two-RBI single by DH Kyle Blackwell and
a two-RBI double by 3B Jacob Cano. Sal Arena got the win in relief
RHP Bryan Pawlina got the win for the Thunderbirds in the third game,
went five innings, allowed one run on six hits, struck out three.
Pawlina, a true freshman studying rocket science, has quietly
accumulated a record of 9-0, 1.94 ERA (story).
The Birds scored all their runs in the fourth inning; a three-RBI
double by SS Tyson Popoff, and an RBI single by 1B Jeremy Kral. The
Warriors out-hit the Birds 12-6, but they left 13 runners on base,
and left the bases loaded three times, including the bottom of the
The Thunderbirds led the fourth game 7-2 after five innings, but the
Warriors came up with three runs in the sixth inning, and seven runs
in the seventh. Switch-hitting SS Bobby Joe Tannehill hit home runs
from both sides of the plate, batted in five runs. Colton Wright got
the win in relief (story).
Steiger is third in hitting in the NAIA with an average of .435.
The Warriors finish their regular season by hosting a tournament of
Division III teams May 4-5. The guests are Pacific Lutheran,
Linfield, and Whitworth, and Linfield is ranked #1 in Division III
The Thunderbirds are the top seed in the NAIA West tournament in
Portland, OR. Their first game is against either Concordia-Portland
on May 1 (live
video for the entire tournament).