Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, has applied for membership in the Division II Sunshine State Conference.
The Eagles have made 12 trips to the National Championship tournament, ten of them in the last 11 seasons, under coaches Greg Guilliams and Randy Stegall. Their best finish was in 2005, when they were runners-up to Oklahoma City.
Joining the Sunshine State Conference would put the Eagles in the same conference with former NAIA opponents Barry and Rollins. The Eagles have been playing non-conference games against Tampa, the defending national Division II champions. The Eagles lost to them 2-1 (ten innings) this season.
Story by Brent Woronoff in the Daytona Beach News-Journal: ERAU makes case to NCAA conference
Concordia-Irvine won the National Championship in 2011. They would be joining former GSAC members Cal Baptist, Point Loma Nazarene, Azusa Pacific, and Fresno Pacific in the PacWest Conference.
Concordia-Portland is the defending champion of NAIA West. The Cavaliers went to the National Championship tournament in 2004. Rob Vance has been their Head Coach for 15 seasons. They have a new, good quality ballpark. They would, if accepted, compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Whether they can break Western Oregon's long streak of conference championships remains to be seen.
These three schools would continue to complete in the NAIA through the 2015 season.
Georgetown College (KY) has applied for membership in the Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). A previous application by Georgetown C. was turned down.
The Melville Millionaires won their first-ever Western Major Baseball League championship, defeating the Medicine Hat Mavericks three games to two in the final.
Both teams were loaded with NAIA players. The Millionaires' roster included six players from British Columbia (see picture): Alex Webb, Cam Firth, Tyler Enns, Kevin Biro, Jeremy Newton, and Nathan Kirby. Also Jaime Paxton (Northwood (TX)), Allen Rimer (Bacone), and Chase Medler (Lyon). The Mavericks' roster included four players from Tabor: Alex Mann, Jacob Webb, Grant Silva, and C.J. DeDeaux. The also had Alex Bos (Concordia-Portland), Alex Graham (British Columbia), Kyle McKay (Saint Francis (IN)), Ched Gaskin (Purdue North Central), and Bryan Arthur (British Columbia).
Biro led the Millionaires in hitting during the regular season with a .366 average, and, for the Sabermetricians, 29.668 runs created. Bos led the WMBL with an 8-0 won-lost record. Webb had three starts and three wins during the playoffs, did not allow an earned run in 17 2/3 innings pitched. Silva batted .337 for the Mavericks.
Anthony Armanino of Lewis-Clark State, playing for the Swift Current Indians, had an astonishing 24 strikeouts during three playoff games (19 innings pitched). He had a regular season record of 4-0, 2.25 ERA, 60 strikeouts.
Very funny article by D.J. Gallo at Sports Pickle: NAIA Announces It Will Begin Paying Its Student-Athletes 45 Cents Per Season
Players for NAIA schools taken in the 2013 MLB draft:
RHP Myles Smith, Lee, Red Sox, 4th round story
RHP James Dykstra, Cal State San Marcos, White Sox, 6th story
RHP Calvin Drummond, Arizona Christian, Tigers, 6th story
RHP Nick Blount, Southern Polytechnic, White Sox, 9th story
LF Henry Yates, Texas Wesleyan, Dodgers, 9th story
RHP Jose Samayoa, Lee, Rangers, 9th story
RHP Andy Hillis, Lee, Brewers, 11th story
CF Jimmy Bosco, Menlo, Cardinals, 13th story
RHP Fabian Roman, Lubbock Christian, Reds, 16th story
LHP Clint Terry, Lee, Brewers, 18th story
CF Michael Carballo, Tennessee Wesleyan, White Sox, 18th
LHP Cory Bafidis, Texas Wesleyan, Nationals, 18th story
SS Christian Vasquez, Lubbock Christian, Blue Jays, 19th story
LHP Cole Swanson, Concordia-Irvine, Angels, 19th
LF Jon Kemmer, Brewton-Parker, Astros, 21st
RHP Ben Heller, Olivet Nazarene, Cubs, 22nd
SS Chase Jensen, Oklahoma City, Padres, 22nd story
LHP Christopher O'Hare, Fisher, Pirates, 22nd
RHP Cody Harris, The Master's, Marlins, 24th story
C Orrin Sears, Arizona Christian, Braves, 24th story
RHP Johnnie Kirkland, Southeastern, Tigers, 25th
C Kyle Wheeler, Belhaven, A's, 26th
RHP Ricky Claudio, St. Thomas (FL), Mariners, 27th
1B Jake Stone, Tennessee Wesleyan, Cardinals, 27th
RHP Jace Chancellor, Lubbock Christian, Padres, 28th (red-shirted this season, made seven appearances for Wayland Baptist in 2012, never played for the Chaparrals) story
RHP Johnny Shuttlesworth, Faulkner, Diamondbacks, 28th
RHP Alex Moore, Lee, Brewers, 28th
LHP Derek Loera, Lubbock Christian, Rays, 28th story
LHP Joey Webb, Menlo, Nationals, 28th story
RHP Justin Sprenger, Tennessee Wesleyan, Rangers, 29th
RHP Blake McMullen, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, A's, 29th
RHP Colton Reavis, Northwood (TX), Rays, 30th
C Joel Thys, Arizona Christian, Diamondbacks, 31st story
RHP Cody Crabaugh, Oklahoma City, Marlins, 32nd story
LHP Eric Greene, Embry-Riddle, Orioles, 36th
OF Cody Lavalli, Lewis-Clark State, Rangers, 37th
RHP Blake McKnight, Evangel, Cardinals, 38th
A huge day for Lee, with five players drafted, three by the Brewers. Also a good day for Lubbock Christian, Arizona Christian and Texas Wesleyan.
1B Matt Page of Oklahoma Baptist was named Player of the Year. National Champion Faulkner had three players named to the first team. The first team includes two Puerto Ricans, and one Dominican Republican. Here's the list: 2013 NAIA Baseball All-Americans Announced
This is brilliant:
Schedule for the first two days of the 57th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):
9 AM: #8 seed Sterling (48-12) vs. #9 Missouri Baptist (35-12)
(Sterling, KS) is making their first appearance at the Baseball
Rankings: #15 in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
Quality wins: Oklahoma City, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1-1 vs. York
Top position players: IF Joe Battaglia (.422, 10 HR, 63 RBI), IF Joe Williams (.395), OF Jared Forbush (.391)
Top pitchers: RHP Steven Cazares (9-1, 0.86 ERA), RHP Daniel Cloteaux (10-3, 2.81 ERA, 70 K). Cazare's ERA is second-lowest in the NAIA.
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, second season
Outlook: Happy to be here.
Baptist (Saint Louis) is making their first appearance at the
Baseball National Championship.
Rankings: #20 in coaches' poll, #23 in ISR. SoS: #56
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, including a 19-inning win in the final of the Kingsport bracket. 1-1 vs. Cumberland, 1-1 vs. Lindsey Wilson
Top position players: IF Patrick Johnson (.387), OF Ryan Gunhouse (.373, 7 HR, 40 RBI), IF Pier Olivier-Dostaler (.322, 34 RBI), IF Joseph Taylor (.241, 9 HR, 43 RBI). Olivier-Dostaler is one of six Canadians on the Spartans' roster, and they also have two Puerto Ricans.
Top pitchers: RHP Ethan Gibbons (10-0, 2.09 ERA, 85 K), RHP Julien Soucy (5-2, 1.90 ERA)
Coach: Eddy Uschold, 14th season
Outlook: The Spartans will go home with a win.
Watch this site for updates on sites for each bracket and live video. Click here for the NAIA's schedule and results page.
|Claremore Bracket||1. Lubbock Christian (Texas)|
|Official site||2. Bellevue (Neb.)|
|Live video for a price||3. Lyon (Ark.)|
|Hosted by Rogers State University - Claremore, Okla.||4. Rogers State (Okla.)|
|5. Midland (Neb.)|
|Cleveland Bracket||1. Lee (Tenn.)|
|Official site (PDF)||2. Madonna (Mich.)|
|Live audio||3. LSU Shreveport (La.)|
|Hosted by Lee University- Cleveland, Tenn.||4. Avila (Mo.)|
|5. Grand View (Iowa)|
|Daytona Beach Bracket||1. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)|
|Official site||2. Concordia (Calif.)|
|Live video for a price||3. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)|
|Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla.||4. Ave Maria (Fla.)|
|5. Martin Methodist (Tenn.)|
|Hattiesburg Bracket||1. Northwood (Texas)|
|Official site||2. Oklahoma Baptist|
|Hosted by William Carey University - Hattiesburg, Miss.||3. William Carey (Miss.)|
|4. Central Methodist (Mo.)|
|5. South Carolina Beaufort|
|Joliet Bracket||1. York (Neb.)|
|Official site||2. Cumberland (Tenn.)|
|Live video for a price||3. Judson (Ill.)|
|Hosted by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference - Joliet, Ill.||4. Mayville State (N.D.)|
|5. Trinity Christian (Ill.)|
|Kingsport Bracket||1. Tennessee Wesleyan|
|Official site||2. Point Park (Pa.)|
|Hosted by Appalachian Athletic Conference - Kingsport, Tenn.||3. Missouri Baptist|
|4. Taylor (Ind.)|
|5. Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.)|
|Montgomery Bracket||1. Faulkner (Ala.)|
|Official site||2. Texas Wesleyan|
|Live audio||3. Georgetown (Ky.)|
|Hosted by Faulkner University - Montgomery, Ala.||4. Indiana Tech|
|5. Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)|
|Oklahoma City Bracket||1. Oklahoma City|
|Official site||2. Sterling (Kan.)|
|Live video for a price||3. Science & Arts (Okla.)|
|Hosted by Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, Okla.||4. Northwestern (Iowa)|
|5. Jamestown (N.D.)|
|Santa Clarita Bracket||1. The Master's (Calif.)|
|Official site||2. Cal State San Marcos|
|Live video for a price||3. San Diego Christian (Calif.)|
|Hosted by The Master's College, Santa Clarita, Calif.||4. Tabor (Kan.)|
|5. Concordia (Ore.)|