Oklahoma City (11-4) defeated Northwood (TX) 13-5
and won two of three against U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
12-2, 8-5, and 2-4. RF Dane Phillips went 3-for-5 with a double
and an RBI in the first game against USAO; Blake Schwartz and Allen
Townsend combined for a two-hitter. 1B Miguel Beltran went 3-for-4
with a double, a home run, and two RBI in the second game; Rich
Hawkins got the win. 1B Zach Gonzales singled in the winning run for
USAO in the third game. Adam Wilson got the win, held the Stars to
five hits. The Stars host Oklahoma Wesleyan Feb. 28, visit
Northwestern Oklahoma State March 1, and host Northwestern
Oklahoma State March 3.
Concordia-Irvine (9-5) began their defense of their Golden
State Athletic Conference championship by winning three of four
against San Diego Christian, 5-4, 12-4, 6-1, and 5-6. RF Ty
Holm stole home for the winning run in the first game. DH Tony Harkey
hit a three-RBI double in the second game. Jake Hovis pitched a
complete game in the third game, allowed five hits. The Eagles were
done in by three unearned runs on the fourth game. They visit
Vanguard March 1-2, and host Vanguard March 3.
Lee (16-2) defeated Rio Grande 12-1, Lindsey
Wilson 10-8, and swept three games at U. of Mobile, 3-0,
12-1 and 8-4. Patrick Merckling pitched a two-hit shutout in the
first game against U. of Mobile, struck out eight. 1B Roberto Reyes
hit a three-run home run in the second game; Kris Hall went the
mercy-rule shortened distance, allowed four hits, struck out six.
Reyes hit another three-run home run in the third game. The Flames
host Milligan Feb. 28, and Truett McConnell March 2-3.
Lubbock Christian (10-5) split a double-header with U.
of the Southwest, losing 11-6, and winning 9-0; Ethan Murphy,
Jose Gonzalez and Kyle Forsyth combined for the shutout. The
Chaparrals then opened their Sooner Athletic Conference schedule by
sweeping Oklahoma Christian, 5-4, 10-0, and 12-2. Tyler Rogers
struck out 14 in the first game, allowed only one earned run
on five hits, 2B Jordan Lewis scored the winning run on a bunt by SS
Ryan Burnaman. Shane Ingram got a three-hit shutout in the second
game, struck out ten. The Chaparrals have a major challenge coming up
at Rogers State March 2-3; the Hillcats are 17-1.
Embry-Riddle (14-4) split a double-header with
Brewton-Parker, losing 7-6 (nine innings, scheduled for seven)
and winning 2-1 (nine innings, scheduled for seven). David Lidyard
got the win in the second game, but starter Daniel Eaton went eight
innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out six. 1B Chris Page
hit a home run to win it. The Eagles then swept a double-header at
Edward Waters 11-5 and 11-2, giving Head Coach Randy Stegall
his 200th win at Embry-Riddle in slightly more than four
seasons. Page went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the
first game, and went 3-for-4 with a grand slam home run in the second
game. The Eagles visit Savannah College of Art and Design March
2-3, host Bellevue March 4, and Cumberland March 5-7..
LSU-Shreveport (12-1) swept a double-header against
Houston-Victoria 3-1 and 12-1, giving Head Coach Rocke
Musgraves his 500th career win. LF Kyle Pearson scored on
a wild pitch to win the first game. DH Greg Friesen went 2-for-2 with
a home run and two RBI in the second game. The Pilots then won two of
three against Bacone, losing 10-9, and winning 12-3 and 9-7.
CF Tyler Alton went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the first
game; CF Garland Norton hit a walk-off home run for the Warriors.
Jared Mortensen got the win in the second game, struck out ten. The
Pilots needed three runs in the top of the eighth to win the third
game; 1B Pearson doubled in the winning run. The Pilots host Division
III Louisiana College Feb. 28, and visit U. of the Southwest March
Cumberland (7-5) split a double-header at Point Park,
losing the first game 3-2 (eight innings, scheduled for seven); CF
Tom Pasinski scored the winning run on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs won
the second game 5-0, and Chipper Smith pitched a seven-inning
no-hitter for the Bulldogs. Smith struck out 14 batters, and
allowed only two baserunners; one walk, and one hit batter. Story
from Cumberland site. The Bulldogs visit Tennessee Wesleyan Feb.
28, host Mid-Continent March 2-3, play Bellevue and
Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach March 5, play Embry-Riddle March
6, and Aquinas and Embry-Riddle March 7.
Faulkner (12-4) won
two of three at Brewton-Parker, winning 11-8 and 3-1, and
losing 5-3. Will Dismukes went the distance in the second game,
allowed three hits, struck out seven. Ben Gillespie got the win in
relief for the Barons in the third game. He struck out nine of the 14
batters he faced. The Eagles host Reinhardt Feb. 28, Point
(a program new to the NAIA) Feb. 29, and visit Southern
Wesleyan March 2-3. Faulkner provides streaming
video of their home games.
Okahoma Baptist (14-2) defeated Division II East Central
17-11, and won three of four against York, 5-3, 8-11, 6-3, and
15-6. Chad Hardison went the distance in the third game, struck out
ten, The Bison then swept a double-header against Kansas Wesleyan,
3-0 and 20-3. Chris Witschi and Jesus Carlos combined for a pitching
gem in the first game. Witschi pitched the first six innings, allowed
two hits, struck out nine. Carlos pitched the seventh inning, struck
out all three batters he faced with nine pitches. Carlos got his
sixth save of the season against York, and his seventh against Kansas
Wesleyan. The Bison host Mid America Christian March 1 and 3,
and visit Mid America Christian March 2..
Biola (7-10) opened their GSAC season losing three out of
four against Azusa Pacific, losing 16-7, 13-4, and 7-5, and
salvaging an 11-7 win. Jacob Cage, Michael Finnigan, and Zachary
Hedges got the wins for the Cougars. 12 of the 13 runs scored by the
Cougars in the second game were unearned, as were two of the Eagles'
runs. 1B Jordan Leyland hit four home runs in the series. The Eagles
host Westmont March 1-2, and visit Westmont March 3.
More teams doing well: Georgetown C. is 13-0,
Campbellsville is 9-1, Bryan and South
Carolina-Beaufort are 14-2. Georgetown C. and Campbellsville play
each other at Georgetown March 2-3.