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Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Top 25 and recap for April 15

Written by Administrator

The NAIA Coaches' Poll for April 8, 2014, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Locations for the Opening Round tournaments appear at the end of this article.

RANK

ISR

LAST
TIME

SCHOOL

2014
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

13

1

Oklahoma Baptist

36-6

552

2

1

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

32-5

541

3

8

3

Faulkner (AL)

36-10

526

4

9

5

Georgia Gwinnett

40-6

513

5

2

6

San Diego Christian (CA)

34-13

465

6

14

3

Missouri Baptist

33-7

462

7

11

7

Georgetown C. (KY)

31-6

457

8

12

9

Oklahoma Wesleyan

39-6

448

9

23

8

LSU Shreveport (LA)

36-11

425

10

26

12

Oklahoma City

28-12

386

11

17

15

Brewton-Parker (GA)

27-9

380

12

6

17

The Master's (CA)

33-12

352

13

20

16

Doane (NE)

32-7

335

14

21

10

Tabor (KS)

35-10

313

15

25

13

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-16

300

16

4

18

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

31-14

294

17

15

RV

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

32-14

255

18

47

22

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

28-5

230

19

28

20

Southeastern (FL)

35-14

210

20

29

24

Northwestern (IA)

28-8

188

21

30

19

Bellevue (NE)

26-13-2

183

22

40

25

Point Park (PA)

31-12

182

23

24

11

Belhaven (MS)

32-14

179

24

7

14

Vanguard (CA)

27-16

173

25

37

RV

Sterling (KS)

32-13

134

 

3

 

British Columbia

25-11

 

 

5

 

Westmont (CA)

34-14

 

 

10

 

Cal State San Marcos

34-14

 

 

16

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

22-18

 

 

18

 

C. of Idaho

25-19

 

 

19

 

Corban (OR)

26-19

 

 

22

 

Cumberland (TN)

29-16

 



First place votes: Oklahoma Baptist 12, Lewis-Clark State 5, Faulkner 2, Georgia Gwinnett 1
Westmont (ISR #5) is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Oklahoma Baptist defeated Division II East Central 23-4, and swept Mid America Christian, 15-2, 15-1, and 11-0. All four games were mercy-ruled. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

Matt Page has batted in 57 runs for the Bison, and Page and Steven Knudson have hit nine home runs apiece. The Bison now lead the Sooner Athletic Conference by ½ game over #10 Oklahoma City. The Bison visit Southwestern Assemblies of God April 17-18.

#2 Lewis-Clark State swept Simpson, 14-0, 9-4, 15-6, and 13-1. Not much to see here, either; Simpson is 1-39, and the first and fourth games were mercy-ruled. Michael Noteware and J.T. Kaul combined for the shutout in the first game. The second game was tied 3-3 after seven innings, but the Warriors pulled away with four runs in the eighth inning. An RBI double by pinch-hitter Chris Walker brought in the winning run. Carsen Nylund got the win.

Noteware's record is 5-0, 0.88 ERA, 53 K. The Warriors have have won 14 straight, and have clinched the NAIA West pennant. (They don't compete in the NAIA West tournament.) The Warriors concluded their home season against a good Corban team (ISR #19) April 18-19.

 #3 Faulkner swept Auburn-Montgomery, 9-2, 7-4, and 10-0. 2B Luis Sanchez hit two solo home runs in the first game, and CF Chris Madera added a two-run shot; Madera also hit two doubles. Jeremy Holcombe got the win, went seven innings, allowed one earned run on five hits, struck out ten. RBI Michael Cruz batted in five runs on the second game, including a two-run home run. Thomas Dorminy got the win. Kurt Lipscomb and Jay Gause combined for the shutout in the third game

The Eagles then defeated #4 Georgia Gwinnett 6-1. C Robert Llera hit an RBI double for the winning run. Labradford Griffis got the win, pitched five innings, allowed six hits, struck out five.

Llera is batting .441 for the Eagles. The Eagles lead the Southern States Athletic Conference by 1 1/2 games over #11 Brewton-Parker. They play Georgia Gwinnett again on April 16 (Live video), then visit Southern Wesleyan April 18-19.

#4 Georgia Gwinnett swept LSU-Alexandria (ISR #27), 10-6, 9-3, and 14-7. The Grizzlies trailed the first game going into the ninth inning, but came up with five runs in the top of the ninth. 1B Sloan Strickland went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Ryan Turner got the win. CF Christian Van Camp hit a home run and had four RBI in the second game. Three Grizzlies pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts; starter Alex Roberts got ten of them, and the win. Andy Threatt struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth. SS Zach Alvord hit a home run and had three RBI in the third game.

The Grizzlies play another game at #3 Faulkner April 16, host Emory, a good Division III team, April 18 (Live video), and visit Emory April 19. Live video

#5 San Diego Christian won two of three against #24 Vanguard, 7-4, 5-3, and 1-5. LF Chad Erickson hit a two-run home run in the first game; Mark Vasquez got the win. Gabriel Hemmer went the distance in the second game, scattered ten hits, struck out five. Courtesy runner Chris Gonzalez scored the winning run on an error. 2B Gilbert Vierra went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. In the third game, the Hawks were held to three hits by Clayton Voechting and Marshall McKinnon. Voechting got the win, pitched six innings of a seven-inning game, allowed two hits, struck out four. LF Brandon Sandoval went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Lions.

Hemmer is tied with Russell Harmening of Westmont and one other pitcher with ten wins, most in the NAIA. Hemmer is tied with one other pitcher with an NAIA-best 96 strikeouts. The Hawks visit #16 Concordia-Irvine April 16-17.

The Hawks lead #12 The Master's by 1 ½ games in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Mustangs swept Arizona Christian, 8-5, 7-3, and 6-4. They host non-conference Cal State San Marcos (ISR #10) April 16 (high quality live video), and complete their regular season at Westmont (ISR#5) April 25-26.

#6 Missouri Baptist lost two of three to William Woods (ISR #34), 3-4, 6-8, and 10-3. In the first game, the Spartans scored all three of their runs in the top of the seventh inning, but RF Nick Spagnola scored the winning run for the Owls on a balk in the bottom of the seventh. (The balk call was disputed by the Spartans' coaches.) James Ball got the win in relief, pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowed no runs on three hits, struck out two. The Spartans out-hit the Owls 12-5 in the second game. The Owls got their first two runs on a home run by Spagnola, then got a two-RBI single by CF Cody Stewart, a sacrifice fly by 1B Matt Thomas, a squeeze bunt by 2B Alex St. Pierre, and another two-RBI single by Stewart. Ryan Yuengel got the win in relief for the Owls. DH Eli Roundtree went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double, and five RBI in the third game. Michael Yarborough got the win, went 6 1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs on four hits, struck out nine. Spagnola was 4-for-10 for the series, with a home run, a triple, a double, four stolen bases, four RBI, and four runs scored.

Yarborough and Brandon Zywicki are both 9-0 for the Spartans. The Spartans lead the American Midwest Conference by 1 ½ games. They host Hannibal-LaGrange April 18-19.

#7 Georgetown C. (KY) swept U. of the Cumberlands, 5-2, 4-0, and 3-1. 3B Rick Reyes went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the first game; Arthur Tyler got the win. Brian Berry and Craig Ramsey combined for a three hit shutout in the second game. Berry went eight innings, allowed three hits, struck out five. 1B Martin Lemus went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The Tigers were out-hit 7-4 in the third game, Lemus scored the winning run on a ground out by 3B Rick Reyes, and DH Trey Gross hit an RBI single for the insurance run. Shaun Meyer got the win.

The Tigers have clinched the Mid-South Conference pennant. They host Campbellsville, who has won eight straight, March 18-19.

Here are the locations for the NAIA Opening Round tournaments, to be played May 12-15:

Host

Facility

Host City

Appalachian Athletic Conference

Hunter Wright Stadium

Kingsport, TN

Belhaven University (MS)

Smith-Willis Stadium

Jackson, MS

Crossroads League

Wildcat Field

Marion, IN

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL)

Sliwa Stadium

Daytona Beach, FL

Faulkner University (AL)

Harrison Field

Montgomery, AL

Georgia Gwinnett College

Grizzly Baseball Complex

Lawrenceville, GA

Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU Baseball Complex

Shawnee, OK

Tabor College (KS)

Hobart-Detter Field

Hutchinson, KS

The Master’s College (CA)

Reese Field

Santa Clarita, CA

Last modified on Saturday, 19 April 2014 14:27
Administrator

Administrator

Bob Broughton started going to British Columbia home games in 2001, and was favorably impressed with the caliber of play. This led to annual trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID, a nine-hour drive from Vancouver. He retired in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.

Website: broughton.ca/

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