Schedule for the first two days of the 57th NAIA
Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, Harris
Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):
9 AM: #8 seed Sterling (48-12) vs. #9 Missouri Baptist (35-12)
(Sterling, KS) is making their first appearance at the Baseball
#15 in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
wins: Oklahoma City, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1-1 vs.
Top position players: IF Joe Battaglia (.422, 10 HR,
63 RBI), IF Joe Williams (.395), OF Jared Forbush (.391)
pitchers: RHP Steven Cazares (9-1, 0.86 ERA), RHP Daniel
Cloteaux (10-3, 2.81 ERA, 70 K). Cazare's ERA is second-lowest in the
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, second season
Happy to be here.
Baptist (Saint Louis) is making their first appearance at the
Baseball National Championship.
#20 in coaches' poll, #23 in ISR. SoS: #56
2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, including a 19-inning win in the
final of the Kingsport bracket. 1-1 vs. Cumberland, 1-1 vs. Lindsey
Top position players: IF Patrick Johnson (.387), OF
Ryan Gunhouse (.373, 7 HR, 40 RBI), IF Pier Olivier-Dostaler (.322,
34 RBI), IF Joseph Taylor (.241, 9 HR, 43 RBI). Olivier-Dostaler is
one of six Canadians on the Spartans' roster, and they also have two
Top pitchers: RHP Ethan Gibbons (10-0, 2.09
ERA, 85 K), RHP Julien Soucy (5-2, 1.90 ERA)
Uschold, 14th season
Outlook: The Spartans will go home
with a win.
Noon: #4 Northwood (TX) (43-11) vs. #5 The Master's (43-15)
(TX) (Cedar Hill) is making their first appearance at the
Baseball National Championship.
#6 in coaches' poll, #10 in ISR. SoS: #39
3-0 vs. Oklahoma City, 3-1 vs. Texas Wesleyan, Oklahoma Baptist,
1-1 vs. York
Top position players: DH Bryan Kinard (.408),
SS Elvin Rodriguez (.370), IF Joee Reyna (.348), UTL Isaac Maturino
(.345, 8 HR), 1B Adam Humes (.333, 7 HR, 53 RBI)
RHP Cody Gray (8-1, 2.13 ERA, 52 K), LHP Jason Gareri (7-1, 2.77
ERA), RHP Roman Gomez (9-2, 4.09 ERA)
Master's (Santa Clarita, CA) is making their second appearance at
the Baseball National Championship; the first one was in
Rankings: #7 in coaches'
poll, #1 in ISR. SoS: #6 (highest in tournament)
wins: 4-3 vs. Concordia-Irvine, 2-1 vs. Cal State-San
Top position players: OF Steve Karkenny (.354, 11
HR, 58 RBI), IF Jonathan Popadics (.352)
Top pitchers: A.J.
Work (12-4, 2.49 ERA, 77 K, 115 2/3 IP), Andrew Klausmeier (6-1, 2.14
ERA), James Scott (7-4, 2.87 ERA)
Coach: Monte Brooks, 16th
Outlook: The Mustangs should make it to the final
3 PM: #3 Embry-Riddle (48-13) vs. #6 York (44-10)
(Daytona Beach, FL) is making their twelfth appearance in Lewiston,
and their tenth in the past eleven years. They were 0-2 in last
in coaches' poll, #9 in ISR. SoS: #35
Significant wins: 2-1
vs. Georgetown (KY), 2-0 vs. Bellevue, 2-2 vs. Lewis-Clark State, 4-1
vs. Ave Maria, Concordia-Irvine, Lindsey Wilson
players: UT Kevin Lindheim (.335, 52 RBI), UT Jeff Lemon (.349,
48 RBI), C Adam Cellini (.272, 33 RBI)
Top pitchers: LHP
Kevin Maloney (11-1, 2.26 ERA), LHP Eric Green (6-0, 0.83 ERA, 11
saves, 59 K in 30 relief appearances), LHP Stetson Nelson (8-2, 2.03
ERA, 98 K), RHP Chad Modomo (7-2, 2.80 ERA). Maloney's career
numbers are 30-1, 2.48 ERA, 164 K. Nelson and Will Dismukes of
Faulkner are tied for eighth in the NAIA in strikeouts.
Randy Stegall, 6th season
Eagles have an outside shot at winning this tournament.
(York, NE) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National
Rankings: #9 in
coaches' poll, #11 in ISR. SoS: #63
Quality wins: 1-1
vs. Sterling, 3-1 vs. Oklahoma Baptist, 1-1 vs. Northwood (TX), 2-2
Top position players: IF Zach Garcia (.357),
IF Trevor Ramos (.347, 53 RBI)
Top pitchers: LHP Aaron
Conyers (9-2, 2.12 ERA, 77 K), RHP Tom Korn (10-2, 2.69 ERA), RHP
Julio Angulo (8-0, 3.29 ERA)
Coach: Nick Harlan, ninth
Outlook: The Panthers are happy to be here.
7 PM: #7 Lewis-Clark State (41-13) vs. #10 Rogers State (34-22)
State (Lewiston, ID) is the host team. They have won 16 national
championships, most recently in 2008. They were 1-2 for the fourth
straight year last year.
#10 in coaches' poll, #2 in ISR. SoS: #11
7-1 vs. Concordia-Portland, 2-2 vs. Embry-Riddle, 4-0 vs. Menlo,
Top position players: 1B/3B Brady Steiger (.431,
46 RBI), 1B Eric Peterson (.402), OF Cody Lavalli (.389, 9 HR, 49
RBI), OF Kyle Knigge (.321). Steiger is third in the NAIA in
Top Pitchers: RHP Seth Haehl (3-1, 2.05 ERA), RHP
Steve Thompson (4-5, 2.44 ERA), LHP Anthony Armanino (9-3, 3.52 ERA,
66 K), RHP Sal Arena (1-3, 3.72 ERA), RHP Carsen Nylund (6-1, 3.52
Coach: Jeremiah Robbins, first season
The Warriors should have been seeded higher, but their #7 seeding
makes their first game against a decent Rogers State team an absolute
must-win. If they get past the Hillcats, they get a big Saturday
night home crowd against Lee.
State (Claremore, OK) is making their second appearance in
Lewiston. They were last years' runner-up. They are the first
fourth-seeded team in a sectional bracket to make it to
Rankings: NR in
coaches' poll, #40 in ISR. SoS: #18
Quality wins: 2-2
vs. Oklahoma Baptist, 0-4 vs. Lubbock Christian in regular season,
but 2-0 against them in the Claremore bracket.
players: OF Colton Campbell (.415, 51 RBI), SS Jose Olazagasti
(.347). Olazagasti is one of three Puerto Ricans on the Hillcats'
roster, and they also have four Canadians and a Dominican Republican.
They are tied with Missouri Baptist for the tournament's United
Top pitchers: LHP Shawn Spainhoward (8-4,
1.97 ERA), LHP Brandon Bargas (8-5, 2.55 ERA, 83 K)
Ron Bradley, tenth season
Outlook: The Hillcats might get a
3 PM Saturday: #1 Faulkner (51-11) vs. Sterling-Missouri
(Montgomery, AL) is making their second trip to Lewiston; the first
was in 2011.
in coaches' poll, #3 in ISR. SoS: #15
Quality wins: 2-0
vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 2-1 vs. Texas Wesleyan
players: C Zac Colby (.379), OF Michael Cruz (.365, 13 HR, 66
RBI), C Sergio Sanchez (.356, 66 RBI), OF Antonio Kendrick (.308).
Cruz is one of two Dominican Republicans on the roster. He is sixth
in the NAIA in home runs. He and Sergio Sanchez are tied for third in
the NAIA in RBI. Kendrick is second in the NAIA with 52 stolen
Top pitchers: RHP Johnny Shuttlesworth (14-1,
1.19 ERA, 93 K), RHP Will Dismukes (11-2, 2.17 ERA, 98 K), RHP
Julian Esquibel (10-2, 2.68 ERA). Shuttlesworth is tied with two
other pitchers for most wins in the NAIA.
McCarthy, fourth season
Outlook: The Eagles' starting
pitching is good enough to win this tournament. The Eagles and Lee
have not played each other this season. They will meet Tuesday night
if they both win their first two games.
6:30 PM Saturday: #2 Lee (49-10) vs. Lewis-Clark State-Rogers
(Cleveland, TN) is making their seventh straight trip to Lewiston
under Head Coach Mark Brew. They went 2-2 (fourth place) last year.
They finished third in 2011, and were runners-up in 2008 and
Rankings: #3 in coaches'
poll, #4 in ISR. SoS: #17 (highest in tournament)
wins: Georgetown C. (KY), 2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 2-2 vs.
Top position players: 1B/C Corey Davis (.357,
8 HR, 62 RBI), SS Josh Silver (.384), 2B Brandon Rader (.381), 1B/3B
Karsten Strieby (.358), 1B/OF Derrick Pitts (.303, 9 HR, 53 RBI)
Pitchers: RHP Jose Samayoa (10-1, 1.76 ERA), RHP Andy Hillis
(3-0, 0.53 ERA, 9 saves, 62 K in 28 relief appearances), RHP Myles
Smith (11-3, 1.51 ERA, 88 K), LHP Clint Terry (10-1, 1.53 ERA)
Coach: Mark Brew, 7th season. His record is a phenomenal
Outlook: The Flames have been contenders in this
tournament several times, and this will be Coach Brew's last chance
to win it before Lee heads to Division II.
Predicted order of finish
If the top four seeds all win their first games, Monday's matchups
will be Lee vs. Embry-Riddle and Faulkner vs. Northwood.
All games are webcast by KOZE
Radio (audio and free) and NeuLion
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games by clicking here.
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