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News from Saint Xavier University: One of the most exciting World Series in recent memory came to a close Wednesday night with the Houston Astros claiming their first championship in franchise history, and for the first time a Saint Xavier alumnus was right in the middle of the celebration.

Astros reliever Luke Gregerson (2003-06) became the first Cougar to be on a World Series-winning team after the game seven victory, the highlight of his nine seasons in the Major Leagues. The 2014 SXU Hall of Fame inductee made two appearances in the World Series, first in a thrilling Game 5 in which Gregerson inherited two runners but struck out Los Angeles' Chris Taylor to end the threat. Houston would go on to come back later that night to win in extra innings, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. Gregerson also came on in the 8th inning of Game 6 to pitch two-thirds of an inning, recording one strikeout.


2017 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 11 June 2017

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft:

Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
228 8 Padres Oliver Basabe story Faulkner SS
229 8 Rays Riley O'Brien story C. of Idaho RHP
269 9 Marlins Cameron Baranek story Hope International CF
293 10 Phillies Connor Brogdon story Lewis-Clark State RHP
322 11 Diamondbacks Tra'Mayne Holmes   Faulkner CF
426 14 Giants Michael Sexton story The Master's 3B
569 19 Marlins Micah Brown story Lewis-Clark State SS
637 21 Mets Aaron Ford   Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
641 21 Red Sox Lukas Young story Mobile RHP
620 22 Braves Justin Morhardt story Bryan C
664 22 Cardinals Kevin Hamann   Lewis-Clark State RHP
678 23 Padres Luis Roman story Texas Wesleyan 3B
681 23 A's Mailik Jones story Missouri Baptist RHP
732 24 Indians Riley Echols   Freed-Hardeman RHP
750 25 Royals Tyler James   William Carey CF
805 27 Angels Brandon Sandoval story Vanguard CF
818 27 Orioles Nick Vichio   Missouri Baptist RHP
834 28 Brewers Roberto Delgado story Oklahoma City RHP
869 29 Marlins Henry McAree   Lewis-Clark State RHP
905 30 Tigers Kyle Thomas story Northwestern Ohio RHP
912 30 Indians Zack Draper   C. of Idaho LHP
949 32 Rays Seaver Whalen   Lewis-Clark State 3B
958 32 Pirates Hector Quinones story Midway RHP
976 33 Twins J.J. Robinson   Lewis-Clark State 1B
979 33 Rays Ivan Pelaez   Faulkner LHP
987 33 White Sox Kevin George   Menlo LHP
1041 35 A's Cooper Golby   Lewis-Clark State C
1056 35 Giants Dalton Combs story Huntington RF
1089 36 Blue Jays Jonathan Cheshire story Davenport RHP

More to come...


National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 21 May 2017

Schedule for the first two days of the 61st NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #7 seed Science and Arts of Oklahoma (47-15) vs. #10 The Master's (39-21)

Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chikasha, OK) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went two-and-out last year, and were taken out by The Master's. The Drovers win the United Nations award for the second straight year; they have an Australian, five Puerto Ricans, and a Dominican Republican.
Nickname: Drovers
Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #27 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #37
Quality wins: 3-1 vs. Bellevue, Davenport, 3-1 vs. Friends, Oklahoma Baptist
Top position players: UTL Christian Perez (.434, 10 HR, 59 RBI, Bayamon, Puerto Rico), RF Randy Ventura (.429, 10 HR, 52 RBI, Carolina, Puerto Rico), C Dillon White (.410, 15 HR, 80 RBI). White's 80 RBI are fifth-best in the NAIA.
Top pitchers: LHP Francis Ventura (10-1, 1.64 ERA, 88 K), LHP Jose Hidalgo (9-1, 2.04 ERA, 85 K), RHP Ruddy Estrella (1-1, 2.49 ERA, 29 K), LHP Carson Korff (8-0, 2.56 ERA, 52 K). Ventura's ERA is third-lowest in the NAIA, and lowest of the pitchers in this tournament. Hidalgo's ERA is 15th-lowest.
Coach: Mike Ross, 13th season
Outlook: The Drovers had to beat a really good Bellevue team twice and a good Davenport team to get here. This is a tough first round matchup for both teams.

The Master's (Santa Clarita, CA) is making their fourth appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went 1-2 in last year's tournament. The win was 6-1 over Science and Arts of Oklahoma; RHP Brad Lohse pitched a complete game. They won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament by winning five straight after losing the opening game.
Nickname: Mustangs
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #6
Quality wins: 4-1 vs. Menlo, 2-0 vs. Georgia Gwinnett. Defeated Hope International twice in GSAC tournament.
Top position players: C Jonah Jarrard (.413, 12 HR, 46 RBI), 3B Michael Sexton (.401, 16 HR, 59 RBI), CF Max Maitland (.351), SS Aaron Shackelford (.316, 14 HR, 50 RBI), 1B David Sheaffer (262, 8 HR, 59 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Danny Lutz (2-1, 2.53 ERA, 29 K), RHP Aaron Alexander (10-4, 2.84 ERA, 95 K), RHP Robert Winslow (8-5, 2.92 ERA, 97 K), RHP Jason Karkenny (5-2, 4.28 ERA, 49 K)
Coach: Monte Brooks, 21st season
Outlook: After a slow start, the Mustangs went 24-4 since March 25, and enter this tournament with a nine-game winning streak. Preview from The Master's College.


Top 25 and recap for May 2

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 02 May 2017

NAIA coaches' poll for May 2, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

1

Oklahoma City

41-8

454

2

4

4

Bellevue (NE)

47-7

452

3

2

3

Oklahoma Wesleyan

44-9

447

4

1

2

Faulkner (AL)

43-10

408

5

22

7

Keiser (FL)

36-16

399

6

6

9

Clarke (IA)

41-10

390

7

34

8

U. of Northwestern Ohio

39-10

383

8

8

11

Southeastern (FL)

44-8

345

9

12

10

Missouri Baptist

35-12

344

T10

24

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

35-18

329

T10

7

16

Middle Georgia State

40-12

329

12

20

13

Texas Wesleyan

41-11

289

13

10

12

Tabor (KS)

38-13

276

14

14

14

Georgia Gwinnett

35-19

270

15

15

5

Central Methodist (MO)

39-13

269

16

6

17

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

35-13

233

17

16

15

Webber International (FL)

36-13

213

18

25

19

Indiana Tech

37-10

207

19

33

18

Science & Arts (OK)

39-13

195

20

17

23

William Carey (MS)

35-16

176

21

46

25

IU Southeast (IN)

42-11

163

22

19

22

Mayville State (ND)

40-9

132

23

30

RV

Campbellsville (KY)

31-17

115

24

9

RV

Biola (CA)

34-16

111

25

42

RV

Point (GA)

32-19

107

 

11

 

Saint Thomas (FL)

36-16

 

 

13

 

Antelope Valley (CA)

33-16

 

 

18

 

Hope International (CA)

29-15

 

 

21

21

Bryan (TN)

38-16

 

 

23

 

British Columbia

23-14

 


Top 25 and recap for April 18

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 18 April 2017

NAIA coaches' poll for April 18, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

2

Oklahoma City

40-5

467

2

2

1

Faulkner (AL)

38-8

444

3

4

4

Oklahoma Wesleyan

38-8

435

4

3

5

Bellevue (NE)

37-7

432

5

14

10

Central Methodist (MO)

32-8

383

6

23

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

31-14

379

7

21

16

Keiser (FL)

33-15

365

8

20

13

Northwestern Ohio

31-10

345

9

8

11

Clarke (IA)

34-8

343

10

34

22

Missouri Baptist

31-11

338

11

9

3

Southeastern (FL)

39-7

317

12

15

7

Tabor (KS)

31-11

303

13

19

12

Texas Wesleyan

32-11

280

14

32

8

Georgia Gwinnett

31-16

269

15

5

15

Webber International (FL)

35-9

266

16

12

17

Middle Georgia State

35-12

262

17

16

18

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

27-12

218

18

33

21

Science & Arts of Oklahoma

35-13

182

19

25

19

Indiana Tech

31-9

165

20

27

25

Cumberlands (KY)

36-11

152

21

26

20

Bryan (TN)

30-13

135

22

10

RV

Mayville State (ND)

33-6

132

23

24

14

William Carey (MS)

29-14

125

24

29

RV

Huntington (IN)

22-8

109

25

45

NR

IU Southeast

32-9

104

 

6

 

Hope International (CA)

24-11

 

 

7

 

Biola (CA)

29-14

 

 

11

24

Saint Thomas (FL)

34-14

 

 

13

9

Menlo (CA)

28-14

 

 

17

 

British Columbia

36-20

 

 

18

23

Sterling (KS)

28-11

 

 

22

 

Vanguard (CA)

27-17

 


Top 25 and recap for April 4

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 04 April 2017

NAIA coaches' poll for April 4, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Faulkner (AL)

33-4

494

2

2

2

Oklahoma City

35-4

485

3

6

4

Southeastern (FL)

36-3

465

4

7

3

Oklahoma Wesleyan

33-7

450

5

3

8

Bellevue (NE)

28-6

434

6

17

5

Tennessee Wesleyan

26-11

404

7

9

10

Tabor (KS)

27-8

398

8

32

6

Georgia Gwinnett

27-12

377

9

5

7

Menlo (CA)

26-8

366

10

13

14

Central Methodist (MO)

24-5

349

11

4

16

Clarke (IA)

26-5

319

12

21

15

Texas Wesleyan

26-9

318

13

27

17

Northwestern Ohio

26-10

299

14

16

9

William Carey (MS)

25-10

298

15

8

13

Webber International (FL)

28-8

283

16

28

11

Keiser (FL)

26-13

273

17

11

18

Middle Georgia State

29-10

223

18

22

12

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

19-12

215

19

18

24

Indiana Tech

26-7

194

20

33

19

Bryan (TN)

24-12-1

180

21

23

20

Science & Arts (OK)

25-12

168

22

39

RV

Missouri Baptist

23-10

153

23

10

RV

Sterling (KS)

23-9

125

24

12

23

St. Thomas (FL)

28-12

111

25

34

RV

Cumberlands (KY)

27-10

103

 

14

 

Hope International (CA)

20-10

 

 

15

 

Biola (CA)

23-13

 

 

19

 

Mayville State (ND)

15-5

 

 

20

 

Vanguard (CA)

22-16

 

 

24

 

Huntington (IN)

24-10

 

 

25

 

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

20-10

 

 


RHP Luke Gregerson, who played college ball at Saint Xavier, and LHP J.C. Romero, who played for Mobile, played in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles. Gregerson played for the champion, U.S.A., and Romero played for the runner-up, Puerto Rico.


Top 25 and recap for March 21

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

NAIA coaches' poll for March 21, 2017, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

LAST
POLL

SCHOOL

2017
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

5

1

Faulkner (AL)

26-3

498

2

4

4

Oklahoma City

28-4

479

3

3

2

Oklahoma Wesleyan

26-5

467

4

15

7

Southeastern (FL)

28-3

444

5

22

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

20-8

426

6

28

2

Georgia Gwinnett

23-8

419

7

2

6

Menlo (CA)

22-5

392

8

1

18

Bellevue (NE)

18-6

382

9

11

12

William Carey (MS)

22-5

374

10

9

9

Tabor (KS)

20-7

361

11

18

5

Keiser (FL)

21-10

313

12

27

8

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

13-8

307

13

7

NR

Webber International (FL)

24-5

282

14

16

NR

Central Methodist (MO)

21-4

280

15

23

NR

Texas Wesleyan

20-7

267

16

6

11

Clarke (IA)

20-3

240

17

34

20

Northwestern Ohio

19-10

218

18

10

19

Middle Georgia State

23-8

211

19

40

14

Bryan (TN)

21-9

199

20

20

17

Science and Arts of Oklahoma

22-9

190

21

21

16

Vanguard (CA)

19-12

186

22

48

13

LSU Shreveport

20-8

185

23

8

22

St. Thomas (FL)

23-9

144

24

24

NR

Indiana Tech

16-7

111

25

14

NR

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

14-5

110

 

12

 

Sterling (KS)

20-7

 

 

13

 

Hope International (CA)

16-6

 

 

17

 

Huntington (IN)

10-7

 

 

19

 

Davenport (MI)

11-6

 

 

25

 

Biola (CA)

19-11

 

 


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