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National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Monday, 23 May 2016

Schedule for the first two days of the 60th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 27-28, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

9 AM: #7 seed Sterling (48-14) vs. #10 Point (33-25)

Sterling (Sterling, KS) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. Their previous appearance was in 2013, and they went 0-2. They won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Nickname: Warriors
Rankings: #9 in coaches' poll, #21 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #14
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Missouri Baptist, 5-2 vs. York
Top position players: 1B Andrew Dorado (.417, 15 HR, 53 RBI), 2B Beau Kallas (.415, 18 HR, 66 RBI), RF Kendall Radcliffe (.376, 19 HR, 64 RBI). Radcliffe was tied for seventh in the NAIA in home runs. Kallas was tied for ninth in home runs.
Top pitchers: LHP Kade Wagner (11-2, 1.53 ERA, 79 K), LHP Brad Williams (from Perth, Australia; 10-3, 2.09 ERA, 115 K), RHP Ryan Pope (3-1, 2.14 ERA, 59 K, 15 saves). Wagner has the sixth-lowest ERA in the NAIA.
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, fifth season
Outlook: The Warriors will win a game.

Point (West Point, GA) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Skyhawks
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #33 in ISR. SoS: #11
Quality wins: Faulkner, 4-1 vs. Bryan, South Carolina-Beaufort, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville
Top position players: 3B Omar Smith (.341), C Juan Reyes (from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; .336, 7 HR, 25 RBI), CF Riliani Familia (also from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; .322, 10 HR, 44 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Payne Kosobucki (7-1, 2.39 ERA, 70 K), RHP Josh Nestlehutt (8-6, 3.14 ERA, 89 K), RHP Dylan Griffin (9-2, 4.09 ERA, 115 K)
Coach: Jeremy Christian, second season
Outlook: The Skyhawks did well to get this far, but they're in tough here.


2016 conference tournament recap

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 12 May 2016

#1 Georgia Gwinnett swept through the Association of Independent Institutions tournament, defeating Fisher 13-3, Mount Mercy 9-1, and Clarke 6-3 and 14-1. In the first game against Clarke, CF Josh Merrigan hit an RBI single for the winning run. RHP Nikolay Uherek got the win, pitched seven innings, allowed two earned runs on nine hits, struck out six. Story

Zac Rinehart is second in the NAIA in hitting with a .476 average. The Grizzlies are hosting an Opening Round bracket May 17-20. video

#2 Bellevue won the North Star Athletic Association tournament. They hit eight home runs in the final against Mayville State, and won 14-1. LF Joe Moran hit two of the home runs. RHP Ben McKendall had a shutout going into the eighth inning before giving up a home run by LF Aaron Miller. The Comets had to play an "if necessary" game to get to the final, and ran out of pitchers in the seventh inning, when the Bruins scored ten runs. Story None of the games the Bruins played in the tournament were close. RHP Todd Nicks and RHP John Timmins combined for an 11-0 shutout over Waldorf; Nicks struck out 14. Story

McKendall is now 11-1, 1.53 ERA (ninth-best in the NAIA), with 111 strikeouts (tied for sixth-best in the NAIA). The Bruins now wait to learn their Opening Round location.

#3 Lewis-Clark State won the NAIA West tournament, without giving up a single run. The defending champions defeated Corban 7-0, British Columbia 3-0, and C. of Idaho 5-0. RHP Kevin Hamann, RHP Noel Gonzalez (in relief), and RHP Connor Brogdon got the wins; Hamann went the distance. The game against British Columbia was probably the best of the three. It was scoreless until the eight inning, and a good pitching duel between RHP Curtis Taylor of the Thunderbirds (6 IP, 4 hits, 10 strikeouts, no walks) and RHP Quin Grogan of the Warriors (7 2/3 IP, 3 hits, seven strikeouts, three walks). The Warriors got the only run they needed on an RBI double by CF Logan Griffin, off reliever RHP Christian Botnick. LF Jacob Zanon completed the scoring with a solo home run. Story 1B Tyler McDowell went 4-for-4 with two triples and a stolen base in the game against C. of Idaho. Story

The Warriors are idle until the Baseball National Championship tournament May 27-June 3. Both the Thunderbirds (ISR #9, #1 in strength of schedule) and C. of Idaho (ISR #12) will be playing in the Opening Round.


Top 25 and recap for May 3

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 03 May 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for May 3, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

2

1

Georgia Gwinnett

21-4

498

2

12

2

Bellevue (NE)

43-9

467

T3

1

4

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

45-7

461

T3

4

3

Faulkner (AL)

42-12

461

5

3

5

Tennessee Wesleyan

39-11

439

6

5

6

Westmont (CA)

41-9

416

7

6

7

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

39-14

397

8

7

8

South Carolina-Beaufort

41-10

394

9

29

9

Tabor (KS)

41-14

370

10

17

11

Missouri Baptist

37-11

353

11

44

10

Jamestown (ND)

47-7

334

12

14

16

York (NE)

41-13

315

13

11

13

Vanguard (CA)

37-13-1

307

14

8

14

Middle Georgia State

39-14

284

15

28

12

Sterling (KS)

43-12

270

16

15

17

Science & Arts (OK)

41-11

265

17

38

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

38-15

228

18

23

20

Campbellsville (KY)

33-15

194

19

26

23

Indiana Southeast

38-11

192

20

9

RV

Madonna (MI)

34-14

184

21

22

21

Bryan (TN)

36-16

179

22

47

22

Texas Wesleyan

35-15

166

23

18

19

William Carey (MS)

35-17

129

24

37

RV

Wayland Baptist (TX)

41-14

118

25

16

24

St. Thomas (FL)

33-18

102

 

10

 

British Columbia

31-18

 

 

13

 

C. of Idaho

35-18

 

 

19

 

The Master's (CA)

33-16

 

 

20

 

Davenport (MI)

35-13

 

 

21

 

Keiser (FL)

33-20

 

 

24

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

34-20

 

 

25

 

Menlo (CA)

33-20

 


Top 25 and recap for April 26

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 26 April 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for April 26, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

47-4

498

2

9

2

Bellevue (NE)

39-7

477

3

2

3

Faulkner (AL)

41-11

460

4

4

4

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

40-7

451

5

3

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

36-10

437

6

6

7

Westmont (CA)

39-7

424

7

5

8

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

38-13

388

8

7

5

South Carolina-Beaufort

37-9

385

9

22

11

Tabor (KS)

38-13

366

10

36

10

Jamestown (ND)

44-5

353

11

14

12

Missouri Baptist

36-11

339

12

24

17

Sterling (KS)

40-11

316

13

28

9

Vanguard (CA)

35-12-1

308

14

8

13

Middle Georgia State

38-13

288

15

10

19

Davenport (MI)

34-10

275

16

26

14

York (NE)

37-13

241

17

17

22

Science & Arts (OK)

38-10

238

18

39

15

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

35-14

221

19

11

21

William Carey (MS)

34-15

192

20

18

16

Campbellsville (KY)

31-15

189

21

16

18

Bryan (TN)

33-15

173

22

42

20

Texas Wesleyan

33-15

166

23

19

25

IU Southeast (IN)

30-11

142

24

13

RV

St. Thomas (FL)

31-17

122

25

34

RV

Southwestern Christian (OK)

39-7

96

 

12

 

Madonna (MI)

29-14

 

 

15

23

Keiser (FL)

32-19

 

 

20

24

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

33-20

 

 

21

 

British Columbia

34-17

 

 

23

 

The Master's (CA)

31-15

 

 

25

 

Menlo (CA)

32-18

 


Top 25 and recap for April 19

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 19 April 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for April 19, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

43-4

486

2

8

3

Bellevue (NE)

34-6

481

3

3

4

Faulkner (AL)

38-10

462

4

4

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-7

451

5

6

5

South Carolina- Beaufort

36-6

437

6

2

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

33-9

425

7

7

7

Westmont (CA)

35-7

408

8

5

8

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

34-12

384

9

19

11

Vanguard (CA)

34-9-1

353

10

48

9

Jamestown (ND)

39-4

344

11

20

12

Tabor (KS)

34-13

342

12

17

10

Missouri Baptist

34-10

322

13

9

14

Middle Georgia State

36-11

318

14

13

18

York (NE)

34-11

277

15

34

16

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

34-11

272

16

15

19

Campbellsville (KY)

30-12

267

17

23

20

Sterling (KS)

36-11

232

18

12

17

Bryan (TN)

32-13

225

19

14

21

Davenport (MI)

28-9

215

20

37

RV

Texas Wesleyan

31-14

177

21

11

22

William Carey (MS)

31-15

156

22

21

23

Science & Arts (OK)

35-10

151

23

10

RV

Keiser (FL)

30-16

138

24

16

25

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

32-17

130

25

27

RV

IU Southeast (IN)

27-11

103

 

18

 

Saint Thomas (FL)

28-18

 

 

22

 

Southeastern (FL)

30-17

 

 

24

 

Webber International (FL)

30-17

 

 

25

 

Madonna (MI)

23-14

 


Top 25 and recap for April 5

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 05 April 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for April 5, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

38-1

498

2

5

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

30-5

481

3

9

4

Bellevue (NE)

27-5

458

4

2

3

Faulkner (AL)

30-9

446

5

6

6

USC Beaufort (SC)

31-5

429

6

4

5

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

29-9

418

7

8

7

Westmont (CA)

27-7

407

8

3

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

25-9

374

9

11

12

Missouri Baptist

29-6

373

10

17

8

Jamestown (ND)

34-2

372

11

25

11

Tabor (KS)

28-11

312

12

36

13

Oklahoma City

28-11

295

13

16

15

Vanguard (CA)

26-9-1

293

14

37

17

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

27-9

275

15

10

20

Bryan (TN)

28-9

271

16

29

14

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

24-7

267

17

12

18

Middle Georgia State

29-11

260

18

28

16

York (NE)

26-9

235

19

7

19

Keiser (FL)

27-11

220

20

20

22

Davenport (MI)

22-7

189

21

26

RV

Campbellsville (KY.)

22-11

162

22

38

25

Wayland Baptist (TX)

32-9

154

23

31

21

Sterling (KS)

26-11

135

24

15

10

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

26-14

127

25

13

24

St. Thomas (FL)

25-13

98

 

14

 

William Carey (MS)

25-11

 

 

18

 

Menlo (CA)

25-14

 

 

19

 

Madonna (MI)

17-13

 

 

21

 

Science and Arts of Oklahoma

25-10

 

 

22

23

Indiana Tech

20-5

 

 

23

 

Southeastern (FL)

25-15

 

 

24

 

The Master's (CA)

24-12

 

 


Article by Chuck Curti at Black College Nines: Javion Randle of Jarvis Christian College: One of NAIA’s Best

Excerpt: “I feel like if Javion was playing at a Division I school, he’s probably a top-10 rounder. I think he’s a kid who you can plug into just about anyone’s team in the country. I don’t care what level it is, you’re not going to find any program in the country that has three better outfielders than this kid.” - Jarvis Christian Coach Michael Holochuck


Top 25 and recap for March 15

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 15 March 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for March 15, 2016. Recaps below.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

Faulkner (AL)

20-4

488

2

1

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

16-2

451

3

8

Georgia Gwinnett

25-1

443

4

13

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

20-5

442

5

12

Bellevue (NE)

17-4

426

6

16

Westmont (CA.)

19-3

388

7

NR

USC Beaufort (SC)

24-3

368

8

7

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

19-7

362

9

NR

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

15-1

340

10

NR

Jamestown (ND)

23-0

318

11

15

Keiser (FL)

20-7

317

12

14

Tennessee Wesleyan

14-7

287

13

4

Tabor (KS)

15-8

279

14

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

16-5

272

15

5

Oklahoma City

17-8

270

16

NR

Bethel (TN)

17-3

253

17

11

LSU Shreveport (LA)

16-5

245

18

22

Vanguard (CA)

19-6

211

19

9

Oklahoma Wesleyan

16-7

201

20

21

Missouri Baptist

16-6

142

21

20

Sterling (KS)

17-6

136

22

6

Davenport (MI)

11-7

126

23

23

Bryan (TN)

17-7

124

24

NR

Science & Arts (OK)

20-5

113

25

NR

Menlo (CA)

21-8

488


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