Faulkner received all 18 first place votes.
San Diego Christian (ISR #57) is #1 in strength of schedule.
#1 Faulkner swept three games at Martin Methodist, 11-2, 8-3, and 18-0. DH T.J. Condon went 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles in the first game. RHP Junior Ramirez got the win. Story RHP Tyler Tungate got the win in the second game. 3B/SS Tra'mayne Holmes went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in the third game. RHP Israel Fuentes, RHP Jose Agosto (Gurabo, Puerto Rico), and LHP Preston Szuch combined for a mercy-rule-shortened four hit shutout. Story
The Eagles added two more wins at home against Stillman, 9-4 and 9-2. 1B Paolo Montezuma (Casracas, Venezuela) hit a two-run home run in the first game. RHP Colby Green got the win in relief, went four innings, allowed no earned runs on two hits. Holmes went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the second game, and also pitched a hitless inning. Story
The Eagles are 9-0 in Southern States Athletic Conference play. They visit non-conference #6 Georgia Gwinnett March 24-25. Video
#2 Oklahoma City swept three games against Mid-America Christian, 15-0, 20-5, and 8-1. The Stars got all the runs they needed in the first inning of the first game on a three-run home run by LF Jared Baker. RHP Matt Young, RHP Ken Williams, and RHP Chance Weinstein combined for the two-hit mercy-rule-shortened shutout. Story The Stars trailed the second game 5-1 in the early going, but put it away with 12 runs in the top of the fourth inning. Five Stars pitchers combined to hold the Evangels to three hits in the third game. Story
The Stars then won a midweek game against Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State 10-0. DH Branden Grieger, RF Cory Linn, and CF Hunter Aguirre hit home runs. Bryce Milligan got the win, pitched five innings, allowed three hits. He combined with four other pitchers for the shutout.
The Stars visit #20 Science and Arts of Oklahoma March 23, Video and host USAO March 25. Video
#3 Oklahoma Wesleyan swept three games against Bethany, 10-5, 5-3, and 8-0. The Eagles trailed the first game in the early going, but took over with six runs in the fifth inning; the winning run scored on a two-RBI double by 1B Hunter Henry. The Eagles held the Swedes to three hits in the second game. All three of them were given up by starter RHP Blake Randazzo, who went seven innings. DH Will Price's home run in the sixth inning was the winning run, and it was followed by another home run by Henry. LHP Carlos Adana (Portogues, Venezuela) pitched the seven-inning shutout in the third game, allowed three hits, struck out eight. RF Alejandro Hernandez batted in three runs without recording a hit. Story
The Eagles lost a mid-week game to Division II Rogers State 9-7. CF Chris Acosta-Tapia went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, and four RBI.
Trevor Achenbach continues to lead the NAIA with 50 RBI, and Hernandez is second with 48 RBI.
The Eagles visit 11-18 McPherson March 24-25.
#4 Southeastern won two of three at Warner, 8-0, 3-2, and 3-8. LHP Kade Wagner and RHP Mike Ruppenthal combined for the two-hit shutout in the first game. Wagner pitched seven innings, struck out eight. DH Mike D'Acunti batted in three runs. Story The Fire came from behind in the second game; RF Derek Martin hit an RBI triple, then scored the winning run on a passed ball. RHP Jamal Wilson got the win. In the third game, the Royals got all the runs they needed in the first inning, on an RBI double by LF Taylor Briggs, an RBI single by 3B Jesse Haney, and an RBI double by 1B Josh Canabal, who scored the winning run on an error. Story
The Fire then swept a mid-week double-header against Edward Waters, 8-1 and 9-2. LF Jadan Garcia and D'Acunti hit home runs in the first game. DH Gerald Ceballos hit a grand slam home run in the second game.
The Fire visit Ave Maria March 24-25. Video
#5 Tennessee Wesleyan swept three games at #19 Bryan, 5-3, 11-3, and 17-13. 2B Pedro Barrios, 1B Dan Ward, 3B Collin Ridout, and RF Nehwon Norkeh hit home runs in the first game. Ward and Norkeh hit home runs in the second game. Norkeh hit two more in the third game, and Barrios, Ridout, and LF Cody Erickson also hit home runs.
The Bulldogs host Talladega March 22, and Saint Andrews March 24-25.
#6 Georgia Gwinnett got an 8-3 mid-week win over #19 Bryan, then swept Saint Ambrose, 10-4, 10-4, and 14-1. The win over Bryan ended their 16-game winning streak. The Grizzlies scored six of their eight runs in the bottom of the fifth, and RF Kyler Timmerman's RBI single was the winning run. He also hit a home run later in the game. RHP Trevor Bradley got the win, pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed three hits, struck out ten. Story
RHP Nikolay Uherek went the distance in the first game against Saint Ambrose, allowed two earned runs on five hits, struck out 11. Three of the four runs he allowed didn't come until the ninth inning. Story RHP Tyler Souris got the win in the second game, and LHP Abram Cartledge got the win in the third game. LF Austin Alexander had a big day; 5-7 in the last two games, with two home runs, a double, a triple, and a single. Story
Uherek has 61 strikeouts, fifth-best in the NAIA.
The Grizzlies host #1 Faulkner March 24-25, and a 13-12 Talladega team March 28. Video They will go through March without a road game, and don't have another one until April 4.
#7 Menlo swept three games against #21 Vanguard, 6-3, 6-5 (11 innings), and 10-1. CF Jordan Getzelman hit two home runs, and scored the winning run when he was walked in in the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Justin Cooney-Sylk drew the walk in a ten-pitch at-bat. LHP Kevin George (transfer from Santa Clara) got the win in relief, pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowed one hit. Story Pinch hitter Kama Eldredge hit a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the second game. George got another win in that one, retired all six batters he faced. In the third game, the Oaks got all the runs they needed with a two-run home run by 3B Joe Gillette in the bottom of the first. Cooney-Sylk, playing right field, hit a two-RBI double, and RHP Brett Solano went the seven-inning distance. Story
Getzelman leads the NAIA with 15 home runs.
The Oaks have a one-game lead over Vanguard in the Golden State Athletic Conference. They visit non-conference Oregon Tech March 24-25.