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Cody Faulkner, a sophomore LHP from Irving, TX, pitched the fourth no-hitter in the history of the National Championship tournament, and the first since 1992. He led Northwood (TX) to a 1-0 win in an elimination game over Sterling.

Faulkner threw 94 pitches. He walked two, and they were the only baserunners the Warriors had. One of them was taken out in a double play.

The only run of the game came in the top of the first inning. 3B Logan Brumley hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a walk, and moved to third on a bunt single by SS Elvin Rodriguez. He scored on a sacrifice fly by C Adam Humes.

Warriors ace Steven Cazares went the distance for the Warriors. He threw 131 pitches, and came close to matching Faulker's performance. He allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out six.

Box score and play-by-play
NAIA press release

In other action, York was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to Rogers State. #1 Faulkner won their opening game in another good pitching duel, 2-0 over Missouri Baptist. Johnny Shuttlesworth and Labradford Griffis combined for the shutout. Shuttlesworth got his 15th win of the year, went seven innings, allowed five hits, struck out four. C Zac Colby singled in both runs of the game in the seventh inning.

Lee defeated Lewis-Clark 14-11. Lee 1B Karsten Strieby hit a home run that cleared the center field fence.

Schedule for Monday, May 27 (all times PDT):

9 AM: Rogers State vs. Missouri Baptist (loser out)
noon: Northwood vs. Lewis-Clark State (loser out)
3 PM: The Master's vs. Faulkner
6:30 PM: Embry-Riddle vs. Lee


The Rieleros de Aguascalientes (“Railroaders”) split a Mexican League double-header at home against the Saraperos de Saltillo (“Serape Makers”) on May 15. The Rieleros won the first game 7-3, and lost the second game 10-4. A double-header (two seven-inning games) was played because of a rainout the previous night.

First game: The starters were Fredy Quintero for the Rieleros, and Victor Garate for the Saraperos. Quintero was in the Dodgers organization in 2008 and 2009. Garate, a Venezuelan left-hander, made four appearances for the Nationals in 2009. He was in the Astros, Dodgers, and Brewers organizations from 2005 to 2012.

Neither of the starters lasted very long. The Saraperos opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly by CF Jesus Cota in the top of the first. The Rieleros answered with an RBI single by CF Rene Reyes and a two-RBI double by 1B Willis Otanez. (Otanez played three games for the Orioles in 1998, and split the 1999 season between the Orioles and Blue Jays; he hit seven home runs in 1999.)

In the top of the third inning, Rufino Candelario reached first on an error with one out. He was forced out at second when 3B Henry Mateo hit a ground ball, and Mateo reached on a fielder's choice. (Mateo is a Dominican Republican who played six seasons with the Expos/Nationals.) The Saraperos then executed a perfect hit-and-run. Daniel Castro hit a slash bunt toward the shortstop, and Mateo had a good enough head start so that there was no play. A walk loaded the bases, but a fly out ended the inning with the bases loaded.


2013 Opening Round Results, part II

Written by Administrator - Monday, 13 May 2013

Missouri Baptist will be making their first-ever trip to the National Championship tournament. They defeated defending champion Tennessee Wesleyan 4-3 (19 innings) in the “if necessary” game of the Kingsport bracket. The Spartans led 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, and starter Ethan Gibbons held the Bulldogs to seven hits over the first eight innings; the only run he allowed was on a wild pitch. The Spartans got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by C Garrett Vail, and two runs in the seventh on a home run by DH Joe Stropp. Gibbons got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the next two batters got base hits. The next batter hit a ground ball to second that should have ended the game, but it was bobbled, and a run scored. The Bulldogs sent it into extra innings with an RBI single by CF Travis Burnside.

The Bulldogs left the winning run on third in the bottom of the tenth and 15th. The Spartans left the bases loaded in the top of the 12th, and left runers on second in the tenth, 13th, 14th, and 16th innings. The Spartans got the winning run when SS Patrick Johnson opened the 19th with a single, went to second on a walk, and was bunted to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Vail.


2013 Opening Round Results, part I

Written by Administrator - Saturday, 11 May 2013

Seven of the nine Opening Round brackets were decided today, and two “if necessary” games will be played on Monday, May 13.

Sterling was the first team to qualify for this year's National Championship tournament. They won the Oklahoma City bracket by defeating Oklahoma City 1-0 in the final. Steven Cazares pitched a three-hit shutout for the Warriors. The only run of the game came on an RBI single by C Ian Josh in the second inning.

The Warriors got to the final by defeating Science and Arts of Oklahoma 8-5, and Jamestown 13-3. DH Andrew Clark hit a grand slam home run against USAO; Daniel Cloteaux got the win, despite allowing 13 hits and walking four in six inning of work (story). The Warriors got six runs in the first inning against Jamestown, led by a bases-loaded triple by 3B Anthony Feliciano. Feliciano, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, had a total of six RBI for the game. The Warriors used four pitchers, gave up 14 hits (story).

This will be Sterling's first-ever appearance in the National Championship tournament. The school is located in Sterling, KS. It has 674 students, and supports 16 varsity sports.


Top 25 and recap for May 5

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 05 May 2013

The NAIA Coaches' poll for May 5, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

7

2

Faulkner (AL)

47-10

581

2

10

1

Oklahoma City

47-10

580

3

6

3

Lee (TN)

46-10

547

4

28

5

Lubbock Christian (TX)

42-15

525

5

11

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

45-13

505

6

16

4

Northwood (TX)

39-11

501

7

1

7

The Master’s (CA)

40-15

489

8

12

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

43-16

454

9

21

11

York (NE)

41-10

434

10

2

10

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

38-13

415

T11

3

12

Cal State San Marcos

35-10

388

T11

24

9

Bellevue (NE)

44-8-1

388

13

13

13

Cumberland (TN)

39-17-1

343

14

31

15

Oklahoma Baptist

41-17

323

15

40

18

Sterling (KS)

45-12

302

16

27

17

Texas Wesleyan

40-16

298

17

5

14

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

34-19

286

18

22

19

Madonna (MI)

36-9

232

19

51

21

Point Park (PA)

39-14

228

20

32

16

Missouri Baptist

31-11

220

21

19

20

Georgetown (KY)

35-17

196

22

14

23

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

42-18

166

23

29

25

Science & Arts (OK)

40-17

149

24

26

RV

LSU Shreveport

40-16

147

25

20

24

William Carey (MS)

35-21

143


4


San Diego Christian (CA)

37-18



8


Arizona Christian

28-23



9


Menlo (CA)

33-19



15


Westmont (CA)

24-26



17


Vanguard (CA)

22-27



18


British Columbia

26-18



23


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

39-18



25


Biola (CA)

25-26



Top 25 and recap for April 30

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 30, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below the fold.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

9

1

Oklahoma City

44-10

524

2

7

2

Faulkner (AL)

44-10

516

3

6

4

Lee (TN)

43-10

486

4

16

3

Northwood (TX)

38-10

481

5

31

5

Lubbock Christian (TX)

39-14

455

6

11

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

40-12

445

7

1

8

The Master’s (CA)

37-15

422

8

14

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

39-15

401

9

20

12

Bellevue (NE)

44-7-1

396

10

2

7

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

38-13

380

11

22

10

York (NE)

39-10

348

12

5

13

Cal State San Marcos

32-10

320

13

13

11

Cumberland (TN)

38-17

317

14

3

14

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

33-17

308

15

30

15

Oklahoma Baptist

39-16

289

16

32

16

Missouri Baptist

31-9

268

17

26

17

Texas Wesleyan

39-13

260

18

43

18

Sterling (KS)

42-12

219

19

21

24

Madonna (MI)

33-7

193

20

19

19

Georgetown (KY)

35-17

188

21

55

25

Point Park (PA)

38-13

166

22

46

20

Lyon (AR)

41-13

161

23

12

22

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

41-16

155

24

23

RV

William Carey (MS)

33-20

112

25

29

RV

Science & Arts (OK)

38-16

92


4


San Diego Christian (CA)

35-16



8


Arizona Christian

28-21



10


Menlo (CA)

30-17



15


Westmont (CA)

24-26



17


British Columbia

25-16



18


Vanguard (CA)

22-27



24


Biola (CA)

25-26



25


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

37-17



Top 25 and recap for April 23

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 23, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

9

1

Oklahoma City

40-9

560

2

7

4

Faulkner (AL)

40-10

535

3

13

3

Northwood (TX)

37-9

524

4

4

2

Lee (TN)

38-10

507

5

29

6

Lubbock Christian (TX)

36-13

486

6

12

8

Embry-Riddle (FL)

37-12

452

7

1

5

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-11

438

8

2

9

The Master’s (CA)

34-15

431

9

15

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

35-15

417

10

18

14

York (NE)

36-9

400

11

10

12

Cumberland (TN)

37-15-1

387

12

19

6

Bellevue (NE)

38-7-1

367

13

6

13

Cal State San Marcos

30-9

342

14

3

13

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

31-16

321

15

32

19

Oklahoma Baptist

35-15

268

16

27

22

Missouri Baptist

28-9

265

17

33

25

Texas Wesleyan

37-13

246

18

41

20

Sterling (KS)

40-11

221

19

16

RV

Georgetown (KY)

33-15

210

20

40

16

Lyon (AR)

40-12

198

21

31

RV

Belhaven (MS.)

34-17

159

22

17

21

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

38-16

154

23

52

15

Rogers State (OK)

30-17

132

24

24

RV

Madonna (MI)

27-7

114

25

60

RV

Point Park (PA)

35-13

109


5


San Diego Christian (CA)

31-16



8


Arizona Christian

27-19



11


Menlo (CA)

30-17



14


Westmont (CA)

24-23



20


Vanguard (CA)

21-25



21


Biola (CA)

25-23



22


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

35-16



23


British Columbia

23-14



25


William Carey (MS)

31-19



Top 25 and recap for April 16

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 16, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below the fold.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

8

2

Oklahoma City

37-8

586

2

5

1

Lee (N)

36-9

571

3

13

4

Northwood (TX)

35-8

546

4

7

3

Faulkner (AL)

38-10

539

5

1

7

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

34-9

503

T6

18

10

Bellevue (NE)

33-6-1

464

T6

33

5

Lubbock Christian (TX)

32-13

464

8

17

8

Embry-Riddle (FL)

34-12

455

9

4

6

The Master’s (CA)

32-14

442

10

15

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

34-14

412

11

3

11

Cal State San Marcos

29-7

405

12

11

12

Cumberland (TN)

33-14-1

393

13

2

13

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

30-14

364

14

14

14

York (NE)

34-9

358

15

43

15

Rogers State (OK)

29-12

313

16

40

17

Lyon (AR)

38-9

304

17

44

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

35-6-1

286

18

19

16

William Carey (MS)

31-15

250

19

26

20

Oklahoma Baptist

32-13

238

20

37

21

Sterling (KS)

37-9

229

21

20

22

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

34-15

196

22

27

23

Missouri Baptist

28-8

188

23

36

19

St. Thomas (FF)

31-15

179

24

49

24

Bacone (OK)

31-11

171

25

31

25

Texas Wesleyan

34-12

125


6


San Diego Christian (CA)

29-15



9


Arizona Christian

23-17



10


Menlo (CA)

27-16



12


Westmont (CA)

22-22



16


Biola (CA)

25-20



21


Georgetown C. (KY)

28-14



22


Science and Arts of Oklahoma

33-14



23


Vanguard (CA)

18-25



24


British Columbia

20-13



25


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

29-16



Top 25 and recap for April 9

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 09 April 2013

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 9, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below the fold.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

5

1

Lee (TN)

33-8

556

2

10

2

Oklahoma City

33-8

543

3

7

3

Faulkner (AL)

34-9

523

4

11

4

Northwood (TX)

32-8

501

5

24

6

Lubbock Christian (TX)

31-9

473

6

2

7

The Master’s (CA)

32-11

472

7

1

5

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

29-9

453

8

16

8

Embry-Riddle (FL)

32-10

434

9

12

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

31-12

409

10

14

9

Bellevue (NE)

28-6-1

388

11

4

11

Cal State San Marcos

26-6

373

12

8

14

Cumberland (TN)

29-13

365

13

3

12

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

28-13

362

14

21

16

York (NE)

30-9

323

15

48

13

Rogers State (OK)

25-10

275

16

22

18

William Carey (MS)

29-12

268

17

40

24

Lyon (AR)

33-8

266

18

54

19

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

30-6-1

262

19

36

20

St. Thomas (FL)

30-12

238

20

25

17

Oklahoma Baptist

28-13

213

21

44

22

Sterling (KS)

32-9

198

22

20

25

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

30-14

176

23

30

15

Missouri Baptist

23-8

168

24

58

23

Bacone (OK)

28-11

143

25

27

RV

Texas Wesleyan

31-12

82


6


San Diego Christian (CA)

27-13



9


Menlo (CA)

25-14



13


Georgetown C. (KY)

25-13



15


Westmont (CA)

21-20



17


Arizona Christian

20-17



18


Science and Arts of Oklahoma

29-10



19


Biola (CA)

24-18



23


British Columbia

18-10



Top 25 and recap for April 2

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 02 April 2013

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 2, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below the fold.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

1

Lee (TN)

30-7

556

2

7

2

Oklahoma City

30-7

545

3

6

4

Faulkner (AL)

31-8

523

4

11

10

Northwood (TX)

29-7

467

5

1

7

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

27-8

465

6

43

11

Lubbock Christian (TX)

27-8

447

7

4

5

The Master’s (CA)

27-11

441

8

9

8

Embry-Riddle (FL)

28-9

418

9

12

12

Bellevue (NE)

24-4-1

413

10

10

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

27-11

412

11

2

3

Cal State San Marcos

22-5

405

12

5

13

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

26-12

367

13

48

6

Rogers State (OK)

24-8

360

14

16

15

Cumberland (TN)

26-12-1

318

15

27

17

Missouri Baptist

19-5

287

16

19

20

York (NE)

25-7

275

17

23

14

Oklahoma Baptist

27-10

270

18

22

19

William Carey (MS)

26-11

261

19

49

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

27-5-1

243

20

29

16

St. Thomas (FL)

29-12

219

21

25

21

Campbellsville (KY)

22-7

196

22

44

23

Sterling (KS)

28-7

187

23

55

24

Bacone (OK)

27-9

154

24

45

25

Lyon (AR)

30-7

139

25

16

RV

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

25-13

103


8


San Diego Christian (CA)

24-13



13


Arizona Christian

20-14



14


Georgetown C. (KY)

21-12



17


Science and Arts of Oklahoma

27-9



18


Menlo (CA)

21-14



20


Biola (CA)

20-17



21


Westmont (CA)

20-18



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