First-place votes: Faulkner 11, Oklahoma City 10
is #1 in Strength of Schedule
Both #1 Faulkner (#20 in SoS) and #3 Lee
were undefeated in the
round-robin phase of the Southern States Athletic Conference
tournament. The Eagles defeated Auburn-Montgomery 19-6
Southern Polytechnic 10-0
and Belhaven 1-0
Johnny Shuttlesworth went the mercy-rule-shortened distance against
Southern Polytechnic, allowed two hits, struck out five. Will
Dismukes and Labradford Griffis combined for the shutout against
The Flames defeated
Mobile 10-0 (story),
and #25 William Carey 11-5
The Flames had only four hits against Brewton-Parker, but 3B Brandon
Rader hit an RBI double for the winning run, batted in another run
and scored a run. Clint Terry got the win, allowed three hits over
seven innings. Myles Smith and C.J. Lusted combined for the
mercy-rule-shortened shutout against Mobile. DH Corey Davis went
4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI against William Carey.
So, the stage was set for a tournament
final between the Eagles and Flames, which would have been the first
time these two teams met this year. It didn't happen; the game was
rained out, and the Eagles and Flames were declared co-champions.
(The Eagles won the regular season pennant by ½ game.)
Shuttlesworth is 12-1, 1.15 ERA.
Dismukes is 10-1, 2.11 ERA, with 86 strikeouts. Shuttlesworth is tied
for fourth in the NAIA in wins, and sixth in the NAIA in ERA.
Dismukes is tied with four pitchers, including A.J. Work of The
Master's, for fifth place in wins.
The Eagles and Flames are both
hosting Opening Round tournaments. So, if they play each other this
season, it will be in Lewiston.
#2 Oklahoma City (#45 in SoS) swept through the round-robin
part of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, defeating
Mid-America Christian 4-2 (story),
Rogers State 7-9, and #23 Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The Stars led Rogers State 7-1 going into the bottom of the eighth,
but the Hillcats got back in it with a grand slam home run by SS Jose
Olazagasti. The Hillcats got two more in the bottom of the ninth, but
left the bases loaded. 3B Chris Muñoz batted in the winning runs
against Mid-America Christian and Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The Stars lost the tournament championship game to #4 Lubbock
Christian, 6-5 (10 innings). The Stars got three runs in the
bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings, but SS Christian
Vasquez hit an RBI single in the top of the tenth for the Chaparrals.
Dalton Silva, who came on for the Chaparrals to put out the fire in
the ninth, pitched a lights-out tenth inning for the win. Vasquez
also hit a solo home run in the game (story).
Cody Crabaugh got the win against Mid-America Christian, and his
record is now 13-1, 2.08 ERA. He is tied for second (with Jarrod
Jameson of Tennessee Wesleyan) in the NAIA in wins. The Stars are
hosting one of the Opening Round tournaments May 9-13.
#4 Lubbock Christian won two of three in the round-robin
part of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, defeating Saint
Gregory's 3-1 (story),
losing to Wayland Baptist 4-1, and defeating Oklahoma
Baptist 3-1 (story).
The Chaparrals then defeated #2 Oklahoma City to win the conference
championship (see above). Jack Mabe got the win against Saint
Gregory's, went 8 2/3 innings, allowed one run on five hits. CF
Johnny Hendrixon hit a solo home run for the winning run for Wayland
Baptist, scored another run later in the game. Tom Bailey got the win
for the Pioneers. All three runs against Oklahoma Baptist came in
bottom of the fourth; CF Tanner Rainey hit a two-RBI double, and SS
Christian Vasquez hit an RBI single. Derek Loera went the distance
for the Chaparrals, struck out six; both teams had eight hits.
#5 Embry-Riddle won The Sun Conference tournament the hard
way. After losing their first-round game to South
Carolina-Beaufort, the Eagles
came up with five straight wins: 1-0 over Ave Maria
3-1 over Webber International (story),
10-6 over Southeastern, and
5-0 and 2-1 in the finals against South Carolina-Beaufort (story).
The game against Ave Maria was suspended in the seventh inning
because of rain, and completed the next day. SS Jordan Romero hit an
RBI double for the only run of the game, and LF Liam Goodall made a
fantastic diving catch to rob the Gyrenes of the tying run. Kevin
Maloney got the win. CF Kyle Chastain hit an RBI triple for the
winning run against Webber International. The Eagles were out-hit
7-4, but Chad Modomo, who pitched 8 1/3 innings, stranded seven
baserunners. The Eagles then won three games in one day. Goodall made
was was described as “the defensive play of the tournament”
against Southeastern by going up and over the wall in left field to
rob Southeastern's Daniel Mims of a home run. The Eagles pitched this
game by committee to save their arms for South Carolina-Beaufort.
John Rapose went the distance for the shutout in the first “final”
against the Sand Sharks, allowed seven hits. Goodall went 2-for-3
with a double, batted in a run, and scored a run. Stetson Nelson,
Dylan Demarest, and Benjamin Antwan-Brown combined to hold the Sand
Sharks to six hits in the “if necessary” game. 3B Jeff Lemon
batted in both of the Eagles' runs, with singles in the third and
The Eagles are hosting an Opening Round tournament.
#6 Northwood (TX) did not
play this week. #24 LSU-Shreveport won the Red River
Athletic Conference tournament, defeating #16 Texas Wesleyan
twice, 19-6 and 5-4.
#7 The Master's (ISR #1, and #6 in SoS) won the Golden
State Athletic Conference tournament. They defeated Arizona
Christian 4-3 (story),
#17 Concordia-Irvine 9-1
and San Diego Christian (ISR
#4) 8-3 (story).
A.J. Work went the distance against Arizona Christian, allowed six
hits, struck out six. Pinch-hitter Brett Piper hit an RBI single for
the winning run. LF Steve Karkenny hit two home runs against
Concordia, batted in five runs. James Scott got the win in relief.
The final against San Diego Christian was close until the bottom of
the eighth, when Piper, pinch-hitting again, hit a grand slam home
run. It was Piper's first home run of the season. Andrew Klausmeier
got the win.
The Mustangs are hosting an Opening Round tournament.
#8 Tennessee Wesleyan won the Appalachian Athletic
Conference tournament. The defending champions won two of three against Reinhardt
in the preliminary double-elimination round, then defeated Virginia
Intermont 10-1 in the
single-game final (story).
C Josh McCray went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the final.
Brian Bardis got the win, went seven innings, allowed seven hits,
struck out five.
The Appalachian Athletic Conference is hosting an Opening Round
tournament in Kingsport, TN.
#9 York won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
tournament, which was shortened to a single day because of bad
weather. The Panthers defeated Central Baptist
18-3 in the final (story).
(Central Baptist defeated #11 Bellevue
in the semi-final.) LF Brett Wise went 4-for-5 with a triple and four
RBI in the final.
#10 Lewis-Clark State hosted a tournament of Division III
teams, and defeated Linfield, ranked #1 in Division III, 20-8, before
a crowd of 415. The Warriors had 22 hits. C Kyle Blackwell went
4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI (story).
The Warriors do not play again until the National Championship tournament, which starts May 24.