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Rob Pegg hired as Vanguard coach

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 14 June 2012

Rob Pegg, former Head Coach of Division II Colorado Christian, has been hired as Head Coach at Vanguard. Pegg was the starting catcher for the Lions in the 1996 and 1997 season. He was at Colorado Christian for seven years, and is the only head coach that program has had. Story from Vanguard site: Lions Pegg New Skipper


The 2012 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 05 June 2012

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2012 MLB draft:

Dane Phillips, C, Oklahoma City, Padres, 70th overall pick Story

Corey Black, RHP, Faulkner, Yankees, 157 Story

Ryan Newell, RHP, Shorter, Marlins, 227 Story

David Otterman, LHP, British Columbia, Brewers, 245 Story

Kris Hall, RHP, Lee, A's, 259 Story

Michael Heesch, LHP, South Carolina-Beaufort, Cubs, 254 Story

Jordan Leyland, 1B, Azusa Pacific, Blue Jays, 295

Charles Gillies, RHP, The Master's, Tigers, 334

Joseph Shiver, RHP, Southern Polytechnic, 336

Keith Glenn, CF, Arizona Christian, Diamondbacks, 393

Michael Vaughn, C, Fresno Pacific, Marlins, 437

Blake Schwartz, RHP, Oklahoma City, Nationals, 534

Ricky Gingras, C, Point Loma Nazarene, Astros, 549

Patrick Merkling, LHP, Lee, Marlins, 557 Story

Miguel Beltran, 1B, Oklahoma City, Rays, 602

Gary Ward, LHP, Bethel U. (TN), Mets, 650

Jeremy Fitzgerald, RHP, Tennessee Wesleyan, Braves, 659

Cory McGinnis, RHP, Auburn-Montgomery, White Sox, 681

Alan Garcia, RHP, Azusa Pacific, Dodgers, 686

Levi Dean, RHP, Tennessee Weslayan, Mariners, 701

Keaton Briscoe, 2B, British Columbia, Red Sox, 751

Chad Carman, C, Oklahoma City, Phillies, 758

Dane Stone, RHP, Saint Thomas (FL), Marlins, 767

Alec Mehrten, SS, Fresno Pacific, Rockies, 768

Storm Throne, RHP, Morningside, White Sox, 771

Vincent Spilker, RHP, Lee, Diamondbacks, 783

Brandon Alger, LHP, Indiana Tech, Padres, 795

Adam Paulencu, RHP, Embry-Riddle, Rockies, 798

Chris Fern, LHP, Union C. (KY), Giants, 838

Lance Rymel, C, Rogers State, Cubs, 854

Joel Capote, CF, Saint Thomas (FL), Angels, 867

Austin Pentecost, RHP, Lewis-Clark State, Cubs, 884 Story

Andy Hillis, RHP, Lee, Cardinals, 900

Izaac Garsez, RF, C. of Idaho, Cubs, 914

Matt Kimbrel, RHP, Southern Polytechnic, Braves, 959

Jorge Saez, C, Lee, Blue Jays, 985

Ben Kline, SS, Embry-Riddle, Rays, 992

Nick Anderson, RHP, Mayville State, Brewers, 995

Luke Goodgion, LHP, Lewis-Clark State, Rays, 1022

Zachary Livingston, C, Arizona Christian, Angels, 1047

Cory Bafidis, LHP, Texas Wesleyan, Nationals, 1074

Jose Sermo, SS, Bethany C. (KS), Brewers, 1085

Michael Smith, LHP, Cumberland, Marlins, 1157

Anthony Renteria, OF, Cal State-San Marcos, Padres, 1185


National All-Americans, Gold Gloves

Written by Administrator - Monday, 04 June 2012

Miguel Beltran of Oklahoma City is the NAIA Player of the Year. Click here for the story from Oklahoma City. This is the second straight year that an Oklahoma City player has gotten this honor.

Click here for the NAIA's list of All-Americans. It includes three players from Oklahoma City and Lee, and two from LSU-Shreveport.

Click here for Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove team. Chad Carman of Oklahoma City and Kyle Pearson of LSU-Shreveport made both lists. Two players from Siena Heights received Gold Gloves.


National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Schedule for the first two days of the 56th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday, May 25, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

9 AM: #7 seed Point Park (51-9) vs. #10 College of Idaho (41-19)

Point Park (Pittsburgh) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship since 1998.
Nickname: Pioneers
Rankings: #12 in coaches' poll, #17 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #160
Significant wins: Campbellsville
Top position players: OF Tom Pasinski (.351), IF Tom Birko (.343)
Top pitchers: RHP Derek Peluso (9-1, 2.23 ERA, 73 K), RHP Manny Perdomo (7-0, 1.47 ERA), LHP Nathan Spohn (8-0, 2.29 ERA), RHP Sean Clark (7-0, 2.55 ERA)
Coach: Loren Torres, third season
Outlook: The Pioneers are happy to be here.

College of Idaho (Caldwell, ID) is making their first trip to the Baseball National Championship since 2002. They won the championship in 1998.
Nickname: Coyotes
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #28 in ISR. SoS: #31
Significant wins: 1-1 vs. Azusa Pacific, 3-1 vs. British Columbia, 2-3 vs. Lewis-Clark State
Top position players: LF Izaac Garsez (.396, 8 home runs, 52 RBI), Jarel Lewis (.374, 6 home runs, 56 RBI), Tanner Hodges (.373, 66 RBI), 3B/RHP Todd Griffiths (.258), DH Jesse Dodd (.369).
Top pitchers: RHP Taylor Nicholson (9-2, 2.47 ERA, 63 K), LHP Zachary Fabricius (5-4, 4.04 ERA, 39 K), RHP Chad Yeggy (8-3, 3.71 ERA), LHP Joshua Orr (7-4, 4.09 ERA), RHP Todd Griffiths (4-1, 2.58 ERA).
Coach: Shawn Humberger, 12th season
Outlook: The Coyotes played well all season in a good conference, and got a win at Azusa Pacific to get here. They should get a couple of wins in this tournament.


Opening Round Brackets Announced

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 06 May 2012

Here are the locations and seedings for the NAIA Opening Round tournaments, to be played May 10-14:

Bracket Team
Paducah Bracket No. 1 LSU-Shreveport
Hosted by Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau - Paducah, Ky. No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (KY)
  No. 3 Bellevue (NE)
  No. 4 Peru State (NE)
  No. 5 Grand View (IA)
   
Cleveland Bracket No. 1 Lee (TN)
Hosted by Lee University (Tenn.) - Cleveland, Tenn. No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (TN)
  No. 3 Missouri Baptist
  No. 4 Avila (MO)
  No. 5 Bacone (OK)
   
Oklahoma City Bracket No. 1 Oklahoma City
Hosted by Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, Okla. No. 2 Lubbock Christian (TX)
  No. 3 Sterling (KS)
  No. 4 York (NE)
  No. 5 Mount Marty (SD)
   
Azusa Bracket No. 1 Azusa Pacific (CA)
Hosted by Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) - Azusa, Calif. No. 2 Shorter (GA)
  No. 3 College of Idaho
  No. 4 Arizona Christian
  No. 5 Menlo (CA)
   
Hardeeville Bracket No. 1 Faulkner (AL)
Hosted by University of South Carolina Beaufort - Hardeeville, S.C. No. 2 St. Thomas (FL)
  No. 3 South Carolina-Beaufort
  No. 4 Union (TN)
  No. 5 Asbury (KY)
   
Kingsport Bracket No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan
Hosted by Appalachian Athletic Conference - Kingsport, Tenn. No. 2 Georgetown (KY)
  No. 3 Indiana Tech
  No. 4 Campbellsville (KY)
  No. 5 St. Francis (IL)
   
Hutchinson Bracket No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist
Hosted by Tabor College (KS) - Hillsboro, Kan. No. 2 Judson (IL)
  No. 3 Rogers State (OK)
  No. 4 Tabor (KS)
  No. 5 Dakota State (SD)
   
Daytona Beach Bracket No. 1 Embry-Riddle (FL)
Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) - Daytona Beach, Fla. No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (AL)
  No. 3 Biola (CA)
  No. 4 Southern Poly (GA)
  No. 5 Siena Heights (MI)
   
Marion Bracket No. 1 Concordia (CA)
Hosted by Mid-Central College Conference - Marion, Ind. No. 2 Point Park (PA)
  No. 3 Taylor (IN)
  No. 4 Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)
  No. 5 Doane (NE)
 

2012 Opening Round Hosts Announced

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 15 April 2012

The nine sites for the 2012 Opening Round tournaments will be:

Host Host City
Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) Azusa, Calif.
Mid-Central College Conference Marion, Ind.
Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau Paducah, Ky.
Appalachian Athletic Conference Kingsport, Tenn.
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lee University (Tenn.) Cleveland, Tenn.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tabor College (Kan.) Hutchinson, Kan.
University of South Carolina Beaufort Bluffton, S.C.

The Opening Round tournaments will be played May 10-14. The nine winners and host Lewis-Clark State will make up the field for the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID May 25-June 1.

The fields for the Opening Round tournaments will be announced on May 6.


Savannah College of Art and Design has announced that they are dropping baseball and two other sports at the end of this season. Click here for the announcement and comments.

The program had been successful in recent years, under Coach Doug Wollenburg. The 2009 team was 39-23. The Bees have two alumni currently playing pro ball, RHP Ryan Pope (Yankees) and LHP Richard Sullivan (Braves). Pope had an ERA of 1.15 in 2007, recorded 122 strikeouts, pitched a no-hitter and a phenomenal 14 complete games; he completed every game he started.

Story by Dennis Knight in Savannah Morning News: SCAD to drop baseball, softball and volleyball


2012 Season Preview

Written by Administrator - Monday, 23 January 2012

The 56th NAIA baseball season starts today, with defending champion Concordia-Irvine hosting Simpson, Palm Beach State at Saint Thomas (FL), and Point Loma Nazarene playing an exhibition game at UC San Diego. Simpson visits Point Loma on Jan. 25, and The Master's on Jan. 27. On January 26, Doane visits Texas-Brownsville. On January 27-29, Auburn-Montgomery hosts a four-team tournament with Embry-Riddle, Tennessee Wesleyan, and Southern Polytechnic. Also on the 27th, Belhaven hosts Blue Mountain, Brewton-Parker hosts South Carolina-Beaufort, and at least nine more games are scheduled. On January 28, Montreat visits Thomas (GA) and Warner visits Webber International.

Here is an evaluation of the top 10 teams according to the pre-season coaches' poll:

#1 – Oklahoma City: The Stars are led by All-American C Chad Carman (.323), IF Miguel Beltran (.346), and LHP Rich Hawkins (10-5, 2.04 ERA). They've loaded up on talent with C Dane Phillips (transfer from Oklahoma State, batted .337 in 2010), RHP Blake Schwartz (transfer from Minnesota State-Mankato, 10-2, 2.11 ERA, 79 K), RHP Patrick Goelz (transfer from Bethune-Cookman, 8-3, 3.09 ERA, 75 K), IF Chris Munoz (transfer from Eastern Oklahoma State JC), OF Cody Ferrell (transfer from Seminole State JC, .367, 8 home runs), and LHP Ryan Gibson (transfer from Oklahoma, 48th round draft pick in 2009). Games to watch: Missouri Baptist Feb. 11-12, at Oklahoma Baptist March 22, 24, Oklahoma Baptist March 23, Rogers State April 5, at Rogers State April 7, at Lubbock Christian April 20-21.

#2 – Concordia-Irvine: The defending champions lost Matt Ivanoff to graduation, and John Hill and Bryan Nicholson to pro ball. They still have OF Kyle Konicek (.391), RHP Blake Harrison (8-1, 2.74 ERA), and LHP Josh White (2-1, 2.20 ERA). They've added a high-profile JUCO transfer, P/OF Ty Holm (Everett CC), and two Division I transfers, LHP/OF Aaron Gates (Pepperdine, 4-5, team-best 3.15 ERA) and IF Dave Peterson (Hawaii, .283). Games to watch: at Cal State-San Marcos March 9, Cal State-San Marcos March 10, at Point Loma Nazarene March 16, Point Loma Nazarene March 17, at Biola March 29-30, Biola March 31, at Cal Baptist April 5-6.


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