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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 18:18

Top 25 and recap for April 3

Written by Administrator

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 3, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

4

2

LSU-Shreveport

30-3

523

2

11

3

Oklahoma City

28-6

493

3

3

1

Lee (TN)

35-6-1

490

4

5

4

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-9

480

5

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

28-6

475

6

9

8

Faulkner (AL)

31-9

421

7

19

6

Oklahoma Baptist

29-7

416

8

17

9

Point Park (PA)

28-3

411

9

10

10

Spring Arbor (MI)

24-3

382

10

8

7

Tennessee Wesleyan

28-8

369

11

2

14

Concordia (CA)

24-11

364

12

6

15

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

25-8

347

13

35

11

Lubbock Christian (TX)

23-11

314

14

20

12

St. Thomas (FL)

28-9

290

15

13

20

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

27-12

288

16

12

RV

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

25-10

246

17

16

16

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

26-16

220

18

46

21

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

25-13

214

19

45

NR

Avila (MO)

24-5

163

20

37

24

Judson (IL)

26-6

161

21

22

17

Georgetown C. (KY)

28-7

145

22

21

25

Belhaven (MS)

30-12

143

23

30

RV

Tabor (KS)

25-5

142

24

14

RV

The Master's (CA)

23-11

116

25

7

23

Cal State-San Marcos

21-13

104


15


Biola (CA)

17-20



18


Vanguard (CA)

14-15



23


Shorter (GA)

28-11



24


Fresno Pacific (CA)

19-16



25


Campbellsville (KY)

25-10


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 15, Azusa Pacific 2, Lee 1, Oklahoma City 1

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (17-3 RRAC) defeated Division III Louisiana College 5-1, and swept three games at Southwest Assemblies of God, 18-2, 8-2, and 10-6. The Pilots outhit Louisiana College 15-3. They scored ten runs in the top of the ninth in the first game against SAGU, allowed three hits. C David Dorton hit an inside-the-park home run. 3B Devin Greco went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the second game, and 3-for-4 with three RBI in the third game. The Pilots visit Division II Southern Arkansas April 4, and host Houston-Victoria April 6-7. The Pilots lead the Red River Athletic Conference; Texas-Brownsville is second with a with a 13-5 conference record.

Oklahoma City (16-2 SAC) swept three games against Saint Gregory's, 7-2, 6-2, and 12-5. 1B Miguel Beltran, LF Kale Gaden, and SS Chris Muñoz hit home runs in the first game. RF Dane Phillips went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI in the second game. Phillips moved to catcher for the third game, went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. The Stars host Rogers State April 5, and visit Rogers State April 7. The Stars lead the Sooner Athletic Conference; #7 Oklahoma Baptist and Lubbock Christian are tied for second place with 11-4 records.

Lee (18-3 SSAC) got a midweek shutout against Trevecca Nazarene, 6-0, and five Flames pitchers combined to hold the Trojans to four hits. The Flames won the first game of a series at Southern Wesleyan 5-1; Kris Hall got the win, allowed four hits and struck out nine in seven innings of work. However, the Warriors won the next two games and the series, 12-10 and 5-4. In the first game, both teams committed five errors, but Flames pitchers walked five batters, and hit three more. The Flames out-hit the Warriors 12-5. Flames starter Patrick Merkling was chased after three innings, got his first loss of the season. The second game was scoreless for the first six innings. Both teams got four runs in the seventh; the Warriors got three runs on a home run by LF Kendall Ray. RF Cliff Alexander scored the winning run in the eighth when the Flames couldn't complete a double play on a ground ball by DH Tyler Lollis. The Flames host Southern Polytechnic April 6-7. The two conference losses put the Flames in a tie with #6 Faulkner for the Southern States Athletic Conference lead.

Embry-Riddle (16-2 The Sun Conference) swept three games at Southeastern, 7-4, 4-1, and 5-4. Robbie Ratliff got the win in a seven-inning relief appearance in the first game. Adam Palencu got the win in the second game, went eight innings, scattered seven hits, struck out six. 1B Chris Page batted in three runs in the third game. The Eagles play the Class A Daytona Cubs on April 4, and host South Carolina-Beaufort April 6-7.

Azusa Pacific (17-3 GSAC) swept four games against Vanguard 11-5, 17-4, 10-1, and 7-1. The Cougars trailed 5-3 in the eighth inning of the first game, but RF Brent Warren hit a grand slam home run. Ben Ruder went the distance in the third game, allowed four hits. 1B Jordan Leyland hit two home runs in the fourth game. However, they lost a conference game at The Master's 5-3. The Cougars committed four errors, and the winning run was unearned. The Cougars play the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes April 3, visit Arizona Christian April 4, visit San Diego Christian April 7, and host San Diego Christian April 9. The Cougars lead the Golden State Athletic Conference; Concordia is second with a 14-6 record.

Faulkner (18-3 SSAC) swept three games against Loyola-New Orleans, 10-0, 3-2, and 13-0. Corey Black and Nathan Prokuski combined for the seven-inning three-hit shutout in the first game; Black struck out ten. The Wolfpack out-hit the Eagles 5-2 in the second game, but both of the Eagles' hits came in the third inning. Combined with two walks and a fielder's choice, the Eagles got the two runs they needed to win it. Will Dismukes went the distance for the Eagles. Matthew Guerry also went the distance for the Wolfpack, got the two-hit loss. Matt Creel, Zach Sterling, and Damon Porter combined for the two-hit shutout in the third game. The Eagles also got three unearned runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Division II West Alabama 6-5. The Eagles visit Mobile April 6-7.

Okahoma Baptist (11-4 SAC) won two of three against Southern Nazarene, 17-4, 3-4, and 12-6. 3B Jacob Inbody batted in the winning run for Southern Nazarene in the second game; Jake Bidelman went the seven-inning distance for the win. The Bison scored eight runs in the first inning of the first game. The Bison visit Wayland Baptist April 5-6.

Point Park swept four games against Houghton, 19-0, 10-7, 5-3, and 7-0. Derek Peluso got the win in the first game, struck out seven. RF Javier Marticorena hit two home runs in the fourth game, Nathan Spohn got the shutout. Marticorena leads the Pioneers in hitting with a .383 average and 29 RBI. The Pioneers host Malone April 6, and visit Malone April 7.

Spring Arbor (10-3 MCC) won three of four against Mount Vernon Nazarene, 9-2, 9-8, 2-1, and 1-7. They added a 5-4 win against Taylor, and this win was Head Coach Sam Riggleman's 900th. Mark Weist is batting .484 for the Cougars. The Cougars visit Taylor April 5 and Saint Francis (IN) April 7, and host Saint Francis April 10.

Tennessee Wesleyan (11-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) lost to Cumberland 10-8. and won two of three at Bluefield, 4-5, 4-0, and 9-4. Bluefield got two late unearned runs to win the first game. Jeremy Fitzgerald pitched the three-hit shutout in the second game. Stephen Branca hit a three-run home run in the third game. The Bulldogs visit Virginia-Wise April 4, and Point April 6-7.

Last modified on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 18:43
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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.

Website: tbirdbaseball.net/

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