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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 14:19

Top 25 and recap for April 28

Written by Administrator

NAIA coaches' poll for April 28, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

32

2

Georgia Gwinnett

43-9

576

2

20

3

Oklahoma City

38-10

568

3

4

4

Oklahoma Baptist

45-4

544

4

9

5

Northwood (FL)

39-10

521

5

7

7

Davenport (MI)

44-6

495

6

14

6

Oklahoma Wesleyan

43-10

489

7

6

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

37-10

485

8

2

8

The Master's (CA)

41-10

467

9

13

10

Tabor (KS)

46-9

443

10

8

1

Faulkner (AL)

42-12

437

11

17

15

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

36-16

389

12

1

13

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

40-10

382

13

41

12

LSU Shreveport (LA)

40-12

357

14

5

11

Westmont (CA)

37-13

352

15

16

16

Northwestern Ohio

37-10

310

16

11

17

Bellevue (NE)

41-12

303

17

24

20

Sterling (KS)

44-11

294

18

18

18

Embry-Riddle (FL)

32-16

265

19

19

14

Campbellsville (KY)

27-9

252

20

29

21

St. Thomas (FL)

38-13

218

21

3

19

Concordia (CA)

40-14

212

22

21

23

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

30-8

181

23

34

22

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

33-12

180

24

37

24

Point Park (PA)

36-11

146

25

36

25

William Woods (MO)

35-10

115

 

10

 

British Columbia

27-16

 

 

12

 

Vanguard (CA)

36-18

 

 

15

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

29-21

 

 

22

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

35-18

 

 

23

 

York (NE)

42-15

 

 

25

 

Missouri Baptist

35-10

 

 

First place votes: Georgia Gwinnett 11, Oklahoma City 8, Northwood 1, Tennessee Wesleyan 1

San Diego Christian (ISR #95) is #1 in strength of schedule.

#1 Georgia Gwinnett lost a game to Rio Grande (played in Beckley, WV) 11-5. The RedStorm got all the runs they needed in the first inning; RF Kirk Yates got it started with a two-RBI triple. 1B Kyle Findley and 3B Luis Jimenez followed with RBI doubles. LF Chris Ford hit an RBI single, then DH Cody Blackburn hit an RBI single for the winning run. Blackburn went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the game. Kyle Miller got the win. Rio Grande Sports Information wrote that the win was “arguably, the most impressive victory in program history.” Story The RedStorm (ISR #75) have won nine straight, and finished second behind #x Point Park in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Grizzlies then won two close games at West Virginia Tech, 4-3 (12 innings) and 2-1. In the first game, the Grizzlies got a run in the top of the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by RF Ty Abbott. Abbott later hit an RBI double in the top of the twelfth to win it. Grizzlies' relievers Andy Threatt and Christian Turnipseed held the Golden Bears hitless over the final five innings, and Turnipseed recorded seven strikeouts. Story In the second game, Kyle Sager of the Golden Bears held the Grizzlies two hits over the first six innings, and the Golden Bears had a 1-0 lead. The Grizzlies started the top of the seventh and final inning with a walk and two bunt singles. Sager was relieved by Cesar Chavez, who walked CF Michael Hodorowski to tie the game. The next batter, C Brian Jacobs, hit a ground ball and reached on a fielder's choice to score the winning run. The Golden Bears left the tying run on third in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Minteer got the win. The second game of the double-header was stopped by rain in the second inning. Story

Abbott leads the NAIA in RBI with 77. The Grizzlies host the Association of Independent Institutions tournament May 2-5, and they will play Ashford on the first day (video).

#2 Oklahoma City swept Mid-America Christian, 14-4, 4-2, and 9-5. The Stars trailed the first game 4-0 after 4 ½ innings, but a grand slam home run by C Dylan Delso tied it, and the next batter, DH Connor Lynch, hit a home run for the winning run. The game was eventually mercy-ruled after eight innings. Story The winning run in the second game was scored in the third inning by 1B J.J. Bissell, who singled in the second run, then scored when Lynch reached on an error. Reliever Grant Hamilton allowed one hit over the last four innings, struck out five. Story The Stars led the third game all the way, led by a solo home run by Delso and a two-run home run by 3B Josh Halbert. Starter Skylar Janisse got the win. Story

The Stars' next game is in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, against Texas Wesleyan on May 1 (video).

#3 Oklahoma Baptist swept three games against Saint Gregory's, 5-2, 17-1, and 13-3, and won the Sooner Athletic Conference pennant. In the first game, the Bison got all the runs they needed in the second inning, and the winning run came on an RBI single by CF Shakeel Newton. Newton was 3-for-4 for the game. Starter Kelvin Rivas went seven innings, allowed four hits, struck out 11. Story The second and third games were mercy-ruled. Ryan Joyce hit two home runs in the second game, batted in four runs. Nathan Thompson got the win, pitched five innings, struck out eight. Story DH Yariel Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and three runs scored in the third game. Four Bison pitchers combined to hold the Cavaliers to four hits; Jinny Parra got the win.Story

The Bison finish their regular season at home against Division II Oklahoma Christian April 29. Their first game in the SAC tournament is against Southwestern Christian on May 1 (video).

#4 Northwood did not play this week. The Seahawks' next game will be against Thomas in The Sun Conference tournament at Fort Myers, FL May 1 (audio for all tournament games).

#5 Davenport swept four games against Siena Heights, 12-1, 3-1, 4-3, and 12-0. Both teams had three hits in the second game; the difference was two unearned runs the Panthers got in the sixth inning. Brendan Bender got the win, allowed two hits over five innings. Tayler Thelen went the distance for the Saints, struck out five. Story The winning run in the third game came on a sacrifice fly by 3B Brandon Cable in the top of the ninth inning. Jonathan Cheshire got the win in relief. Jerry Ferris, Alex Schuiling, and Ryan Butzer combined for the two-hit shutout in the fourth game; Ferris allowed the only two hits, got the win. Story

The Panthers have a one game lead over Northwestern Ohio in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. They have four regular-season games left, at Madonna April 29-30 (video). If they sweep that series, they win the pennant. If they don't, Northwestern Ohio is playing Concordia-Ann Arbor at the same time.

#8 The Master's won the Golden State Athletic Conference on the last day of the regular season, winning two of three at Vanguard, 3-2, 5-3 (10 innings), and 4-5. 3B Nick Covello hit an RBI double for the winning run in the first game; Jason Karkenny got the win, scattered nine hits over eight innings. Story SS Jonathan Popadics hit a two-run home run in the top of the tenth of the second game for the win and the pennant. He went 5-for-5 for the game with a double and three RBI. Aaron Alexander got the win, allowed one hit over the final three innings. Story

The Mustangs host the GSAC tournament April 30-May 2, and their first game is against Vanguard. (video for the entire tournament).

#10 Faulkner won two of three at #11 Auburn-Montgomery, 8-1, 3-6, and 17-4. However, the Warhawks needed only one win to take the Southern States Athletic Conference pennant, and they got it. In the first game, Jack Charleston pitched six hitless innings, allowed a hit in the seventh before letting the bullpen take over. He recorded 11 strikeouts. 2B Dario Polanco hit an RBI double for the winning run. Story Cole Goodwin went the seven-inning distance for the Warhawks in the second game, allowed five hits, struck out eight. His record is 9-1, 3.00 ERA, 71 strikeouts, and four saves; Victor Arche got the loss. 3B Conner Smith scored the winning run on a passed ball. The Eagles put the third game away with eight runs in the second inning. CF Chris Madera went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. The Eagles got six unearned runs. Story

The Southern States Athletic Conference tournament starts in Montgomery April 29. The Eagles play Brewton-Parker in the first round, and the Warhawks play Belhaven (video for entire tournament).

#12 and ISR #1 Lewis-Clark State swept British Columbia, 8-1, 9-6, 4-3 (11 innings), and 12-1. Ty Jackson went the distance in the first game, allowed five hits, struck out eight, and went 3-for-4 at the plate. The Warriors won the second game with a three-run home run by RF Seth Brown in the bottom of the eighth. Dillon Keene got the win in relief. Story In the third game, thee Thunderbirds got three runs off two hits in the bottom of the first inning, but Warriors starter Nick Sagendorf allowed only two more hits over the next six innings, and reliever Cameron Pongs allowed four hits the rest of the way. The Thunderbirds' lead held up until two outs in the bottom of the ninth, when reliever Curtis Taylor walked in an unearned run. Pinch-hitter Robert Smith hit an RBI single for the winning run. Thunderbirds starter Alex Webb went six innings, allowed five hits, struck out 10. Taylor allowed two hits the rest of the way, struck out eight. Story The Warriors scored ten runs in the fourth inning (four of them unearned) to put the fourth game away. 1B Cameron Pongs did the most damage with a three-run home run. Jackson was the DH in this game, and went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Story

Brown leads the NAIA with 22 home runs. The sweep gave the Warriors the NAIA West pennant. They visit Division II Central Washington May 1-2, then will not play again until the National Championship tournament, which starts May 22.

The Thunderbirds dropped to third place, and second-place Concordia-Portland will host the NAIA West tournament, which starts May 1 (video for the entire tournament).

Dave Mullins of Missouri Baptist (ISR #25) pitched a seven-inning perfect game in a 10-0 win against William Woods on May 25. Story

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 20:39
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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.

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