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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.)|
The NAIA has announced that the agreement with Lewis-Clark State for hosting the Baseball National Championship has been extended for three more years, and the championship tournament will be held at Harris Field in Lewiston, ID through 2016. The dates have already been set: May 23–30, 2014, May 22–29, 2015, and May 27–June 3, 2016. The field will continue to be ten teams, and Lewis-Clark State will continue to get an automatic bid.
Click here to read the NAIA's press release.
The 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round will take place May 9-13, at the following locations:
Appalachian Athletic Conference
Hunter Wright Stadium
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Silver Cross Field
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.)
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Faulkner University (Ala.)
Lee University (Tenn.)
Jim Wade Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Rogers State University (Okla.)
Diamond Sports Complex
The Master’s College (Calif.)
Santa Clarita, Calif.
William Carey University
Milton Wheeler Field
Each of these locations will host a five-team double-elimination tournament. The nine winners will go to the Baseball National Championship tournament in Lewiston, ID May 24-31.
The 57th NAIA baseball season is already under way, and the Golden State Athletic Conference is already playing conference matchups. The season gets going in earnest this weekend. Defending champion Tennessee Wesleyan visits #9 Faulkner, #2 LSU-Shreveport visits William Carey, Northwestern Ohio visits #3 Lee, #23 Doane visits #4 Oklahoma City, #5 Rogers State visits Arlington Baptist, #20 Georgetown College (KY) visits #7 Embry-Riddle, and #10 Oklahoma Baptist visits Southwestern Oklahoma.
Here is an evaluation of the top 10 teams according to the pre-season coaches' poll:
#1 – Tennessee Wesleyan: Pre-season All-American OF Jake Stone (.407, 13 home runs) is back. He had a great summer, led the Coastal Plain League in hitting with a .375 average. Other returnees are OF-DH Drew Levi (.326, 12 HR), OF Travis Burnside (.284), RHP Corey Rhoney (10-0, 2.31 ERA, 64 K), and LHP Josh Coller (10-2, 3.02 ERA, 99 K). The Bulldogs also have a prize recruit, OF Kendall Radcliffe, selected in the 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Games to watch: at Faulkner Feb. 2, at Auburn-Montgomery Feb. 3, Lee Feb. 12, Lindsey Wilson Feb. 20, Georgetown C. March 19, Lee March 27, Cumberland March 29-30, at Georgetown C. April 3, at Lee April 9
#2 – LSU-Shreveport: OF Kyle Pearson (.353, 14 HR, 66 RBI, 13 stolen bases, 1.000 fielding percentage) is a pre-season All-American. Other returnees are 1B Greg Friesen (.391, 15 HR, 68 RBI), OF Kade Billeaudeaux (.380), RHP Jason Mouton (1-0, 3.60 ERA), RHP Ben Suit (2-0, 2.25 ERA), LHP Jake Byrd (0-0, 0.00 ERA), and LHP Caleb Olsen (0-0, 0.00 ERA). C Jared Vial is a newcomer with the Pilots. Games to watch: Houston-Victoria Feb. 8-9, at Houston-Victoria Feb. 12, Southern Arkansas Feb. 19, Texas-Tyler March 19, at Southern Arkansas April 2, at Centenary April 17, Centenary April 23
John Verhoeven, Head Coach of the Biola Eagles for 16 seasons, has resigned, effective at the end of the 2013 season.
Verhoeven is a highly-regarded coach at a highly-regarded program. His record is 521-275-6, and he had only one losing season. He took the Eagles to five Golden State Athletic Conference championships, and to the Baseball National Championship in 2001, 2003, and 2005.
Verhoeven played four American League seasons as a right-handed pitcher with the Angels, White Sox, and Twins. He had a career ERA of 3.76.
Official Biola University press release: Baseball Coach John Verhoeven to Resign at End of Season
The 2012-13 NAIA Coaches' Preseason poll, released November 13:
|5||2||Rogers State (OK)||49-16||454|
|6||6||Point Park (PA)||53-11||445|
|8||8||Lewis-Clark State (ID)||42-14||395|
|12||14||Lindsey Wilson (KY)||43-16||339|
|13||15||St. Thomas (FL)||42-12||325|
|16||22||Lubbock Christian (TX)||35-22||239|
|18||17||Auburn Montgomery (AL)||38-24||208|
|19||RV||St. Francis (IL)||40-17||207|
|20||19||Georgetown C. (KY)||45-11||192|
|21||7||South Carolina Beaufort||41-18||160|
First place votes: Tennessee Wesleyan 17, Lee 2