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2014 Opening Round Brackets

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 01 May 2014

The Opening Round tournaments are scheduled for May 12-15. Click here for the Dakstats schedule and results page. Click here for the NAIA's announcement.

Kingsport  Bracket
Hunter Wright Stadium | Hosted by Appalachian Athletic Conference

Host site

1. Missouri Baptist - ISR #13
2. Brewton-Parker (Ga.) - 12
3. Cumberland (Tenn.) - 15
4. Bryan (Tenn.) - 72
5. Culver-Stockton (Mo.) - 80

Jackson Bracket
Smith-Willis Stadium | Hosted by Belhaven University (Miss.)

Host site (includes video)

1. Oklahoma Wesleyan - 4
2. Oklahoma City - 23
3. Belhaven (Miss.) - 26
4. Sterling (Kan.) - 43
5. Houston-Victoria (Texas) - 107

Marion Bracket
Wildcat Field | Hosted by Crossroads League

Host site

1. Georgetown (Ky.) - 2
2. Point Park (Pa.) - 35
3. Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) - 42
4. Midland (Neb.) - 29
5. Spring Arbor (Mich.) - 74

Daytona Beach Bracket
Sliwa Stadium | Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.)

Host site (includes video)

1. Southern Poly - 9
2. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) - 21
3. Talladega (Ala.) - 67
4. Tennessee Wesleyan - 44
5. LSU Alexandria (La.) - 37

Montgomery Bracket
Harrison Field | Hosted by Faulkner University (Ala.)

Host site (includes audio)

1. Faulkner (Ala.) - 3
2. LSU Shreveport (La.) - 25
3. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) - 31
4. Judson (Ill.) - 53
5. Point (Ga.) - 85

Lawrenceville Bracket
Grizzly Baseball Complex | Hosted by Georgia Gwinnett College

Host site (includes video)

1. Georgia Gwinnett - 5
2. Southeastern (Fla.) - 17
3. William Woods (Mo.) - 16
4. Westmont (Calif.) - 7
5. St. Francis (Ill.) - 77

Shawnee Bracket
OBU Baseball Complex | Hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University

Host site (includes video)

1. Oklahoma Baptist - 8
2. Bellevue (Neb.) - 22
3. Northwestern (Iowa) - 30
4. Friends (Kan.) - 82
5. Bacone (Okla.) - 52

Hutchinson Bracket
Hobart-Detter Field | Hosted by Tabor College (Kan.)

Host site (includes video)

1. Tabor (Kan.) - 18
2. Doane (Neb.) - 20
3. Jamestown (N.D.) - 34
4. Mayville State (N.D.) - 79
5. Viterbo (Wis.) - 49

Santa Clarita Bracket
May 12 - 15 | Reese Field | Hosted by The Master's College (Calif.)

Host site (includes video)

1. San Diego Christian (Calif.) - 10
2. The Master's (Calif.) - 14
3. Davenport (Mich.) - 24
4. Vanguard (Calif.) - 19
5. British Columbia - 6

2014 Season Preview

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The 58th NAIA baseball season is already under way, and six games were played in California last weekend. The Golden State Athletic Conference is already playing conference matchups, with #9 Concordia-Irvine at Arizona Christian, Biola at The Master's, and San Diego Christian at Westmont. Ave Maria and Southeastern play Edward Waters and Calumet College of Saint Joseph in Lakeland, FL, Bryan hosts Lindenwood, Cal State San Marcos visits Vanguard, Doane visits Houston-Victoria, and Warner visits Webber International.

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

#1 – Faulkner: The defending champions will have returning position players OF Michael Cruz (.355, 13 HR, 68 RBI; he led the Eagles in all three categories, and is a Pre-season All-American), C/IF Sergio Sanchez (.363, 65 RBI), IF Luis Sanchez (.344) and IF Dauris Holguin (.291). Their returning pitchers are RHP Julian Esquibel (11-2, 2.71 ERA), LHP Labradford Griffis (5-0, 2.11 ERA), and RHP Jeremy Holcombe (4-0, 3.19 ERA). They will have three key transfers; OF Willie Allen (Western Oklahoma State), C T.C. Mark (Arizona), RHP Kurt Lipscomb (Jacksonville State), and OF Omar Gomez (New Mexico Junior College). Games to watch: Missouri Baptist Feb. 7-8, Lindsey Wilson Feb. 7, Cumberland Feb. 8, at Tennessee Wesleyan March 5 Live Video

#2 – Lewis-Clark State: The Warriors have Cody Lavalli (.373, 10 HR), who was drafted in 37th round by the Rangers, and is a Pre-season All-American. Other returnees are OF/C Jake Shirley (.340), RHP Michael Noteware (missed most of 2013 with a medical redshirt), RHP Steve Thompson (5-5, 2.49 ERA), and RHP Dave Murillo (5-0, 3.02 ERA, 38 K). Their most impressive recruit is IF Michael Sexton, a freshman drafted in the 38th round by the Mariners. They also have RHP Gunnar Swanson (transfer from Everett CC; he was 9-2, 1.63 ERA with 8 complete games and 88 K there) and OF Raymond Pedrina. Games to watch: British Columbia Feb. 7, Concordia-Portland Feb. 8 and April 4-6, Western Oregon Feb. 21-23, at British Columbia March 7-9, at Western Oregon May 2, 4, at Linfield (Division III champion) May 3 Live Audio

2014 Preseason Top 25

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 14 November 2013

The 2013-14 NAIA Coaches' Preseason poll, released November 12:

1 1 Faulkner (Ala.) 56-11 529
2 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 45-15 507
3 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 50-15 498
4 5 Missouri Baptist 37-14 473
5 10 Oklahoma City 49-13 461
6 8 York (Neb.) 44-12 421
7 9 Sterling (Kan.) 48-14 405
8 12 Tennessee Wesleyan 45-18 403
9 19 Concordia (Calif.) 35-21 390
10 14 Cumberland (Tenn.) 49-19-1 371
11 17 Oklahoma Baptist 44-19 369
12 6 The Master’s (Calif.) 44-17 345
13 7 Northwood (Texas) 43-11 338
14 15 Bellevue (Neb.) 45-10-1 337
15 20 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 45-20 274
16 18 Cal State San Marcos 35-12 256
17 RV Southern Poly (Ga.) 39-18 225
18 22 Judson (Ill.) 46-17 216
19 23 Point Park (Pa.) 39-16 209
20 16 Texas Wesleyan 42-17 200
21 RV LSU Shreveport (La.) 40-18 188
22 RV San Diego Christian (Calif.) 39-20 133
23 25 Georgetown (Ky.) 36-19 120
24 RV William Carey (Miss.) 36-23 117
T25 RV Ave Maria (Fla.) 38-21 116
T25 NR Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 38-13 116

First-place votes: Faulkner 18, Lewis-Clark State 1

NAIA press release

1B Matt Page of Oklahoma Baptist leads the team. Two players from Northwood (TX) and DH Michael Cruz from defending champion Faulkner.

Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Tyler Latham Bryan C Sr. Spring City, TN
Blake Marchant Grand View C Jr. Indianola, IA
Matt Page Oklahoma Baptist 1B Sr. Redwood City, CA
Isaac Maturino Northwood (TX) 2B Sr. Grand Prairie, TX
Nate Mullins Bellevue 3B Sr. Snohomish, WA
Randy Santiesteban Peru State SS Jr. Hialeah, FL
Jordan Crowell Point Park UT Jr. Milford, OH
Seth Neely Arizona Christian OF Sr. Phoenix, AZ
Cody Lavalli Lewis-Clark State OF Sr. Apple Valley, CA
David Kuhne St. Francis (IL) OF Sr. Metamora, IL
Steven Karkenny The Master’s OF Jr. Chatsworth, CA
Michael Cruz Faulkner DH Sr. Dominican Republic
Chris Good Belhaven SP Jr. Forney, TX
Anthony Gomez Cumberland SP Sr. Norwalk, CA
Jarrod Jameson Tennessee Wesleyan SP Sr. Oklahoma City, OK
Stetson Nelson Embry-Riddle SP Jr. Leesburg, FL
Cody Gray Northwood (TX) RP Sr. Glendale, AZ

NAIA press release

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.

Cumberland U. going to Division II

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 08 August 2013

Cumberland, a long-term baseball power in the NAIA, announced on August 7 that they have been granted provisional membership in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), and will be applying for NCAA Division II membership. Here is Cumberland's press release: CU admitted to G-MAC, will apply to NCAA D-II.

This is a major loss for NAIA baseball. The Bulldogs have made 11 appearances at the Baseball National Championship, and they won it in 2004 and 2011. Woody Hunt has been the Head Coach for 32 years, and has a record of 1403-584-4.

Joining the G-MAC reconnects the Bulldogs with two traditional opponents, Trevecca Nazarene and Georgetown College (KY). Trevecca Nazarene is the current conference champion.

The other significant departure announcement this year is Auburn-Montgomery. They have applied to the Peach Belt Conference and Division II. The Warhawks were 32-24-1 last season.

Update on October 4: Auburn-Montgomery's application to the NCAA was turned down, because of a recruiting violation. They will have to re-apply later.