2013 Opening Round Results, part I

Written by Administrator - Saturday, 11 May 2013

Seven of the nine Opening Round brackets were decided today, and two “if necessary” games will be played on Monday, May 13.

Sterling was the first team to qualify for this year's National Championship tournament. They won the Oklahoma City bracket by defeating Oklahoma City 1-0 in the final. Steven Cazares pitched a three-hit shutout for the Warriors. The only run of the game came on an RBI single by C Ian Josh in the second inning.

The Warriors got to the final by defeating Science and Arts of Oklahoma 8-5, and Jamestown 13-3. DH Andrew Clark hit a grand slam home run against USAO; Daniel Cloteaux got the win, despite allowing 13 hits and walking four in six inning of work (story). The Warriors got six runs in the first inning against Jamestown, led by a bases-loaded triple by 3B Anthony Feliciano. Feliciano, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, had a total of six RBI for the game. The Warriors used four pitchers, gave up 14 hits (story).

This will be Sterling's first-ever appearance in the National Championship tournament. The school is located in Sterling, KS. It has 674 students, and supports 16 varsity sports.

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Oklahoma City, Lee, South Carolina-Beaufort, and the College of Idaho have qualified for the Baseball National Championship tournament. Results from the fifth day of the NAIA Baseball Opening round:

At Oklahoma City, OK:

Oklahoma City 3, Sterling (KS) 0: The Stars finished this tournament with a phenomenal three straight shutouts. Sterling had the tying run at the plate with no outs in the top of the ninth, and Patrick Goelz came in, threw nine straight strikes to end it.

The winning run came in the third inning, on an RBI double by 1B Miguel Beltran. Beltran went 3-for-4 for the game. Starter Blake Schwartz got the win, went six innings, allowed five hits, struck out seven.

At Hardeeville, SC:

South Carolina-Beaufort 11, Saint Thomas (FL) 2: The Sand Sharks scored eight runs in the fourth inning. 1B Brandon Collins went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBI.

The Sand Sharks earned this trip to Lewiston in only the fourth year of their program.

At Azusa, CA:

College of Idaho 7, Azusa Pacific 6: CF Tyler Andazola hit a ground ball in the bottom of the ninth to score SS Tanner Hodges from third base to give the Coyotes their first trip to the National Championship tournament since 2002.

Todd Griffiths, who pitched a complete-game shutout against Menlo on Friday, went 8 1/3 innings in this one, allowed 11 hits. He was relieved by Taylor Nicholson after the Cougars tied it with two runs in the top of the ninth. Nicholson threw eight pitches, got the win.

At Cleveland, TN:

Lee 8, Missouri Baptist 5: The Flames scored five runs in the top of the third inning to break a 2-2 tie. 1B Roberto Reyes hit a three-RBI double.

This will be the sixth straight trip to Lewiston for the Flames since Mark Brew took over as Head Coach.

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Opening Round tournaments, third day

Written by Administrator - Saturday, 12 May 2012

LSU-Shreveport, Tennessee Wesleyan, Embry-Riddle, Point Park, and Rogers State have qualified for the Baseball National Championship tournament. Results from the third day of the NAIA Baseball Opening round:

At Paducah, KY:

LSU-Shreveport 5, Lindsey Wilson 1: Logan Norris pitched a three-hitter for the Pilots, struck out six, walked three. RF Kade Billeaudeaux hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run. Billeaudeaux went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

At Kingsport, TN:

Tennessee Wesleyan 14, Saint Francis (IL) 4: The Bulldogs got all the runs they needed in the third inning, on RBI singles by 1B Jake Stone and 3B Taylor Oldham, and a three-RBI double by DH Drew Levi. Levi went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Jeremy Fitzgerald got the win. Saint Francis used eight pitchers.

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Results from the second day of the NAIA Baseball Opening round:

At Hardeeville, SC:

South Carolina-Beaufort 7, Faulkner 3: The #5-ranked Eagles went two-and-out, and the Sand Sharks gave Corey Black his second loss of the season. The Sand Sharks scored five runs in the last two innings, and the winning run came on a pinch-hit RBI single by Blake Cilwick. Miles Galvin got the win for the Sand Sharks, struck out eleven. The Sand Sharks play Union U. (TN) on Saturday, and the winner plays Saint Thomas.

Saint Thomas (FL) 6, Union U. (TN) 3: The Bobcats go to 2-0 in the tournament. Pinch-hitter Oscar Romero hit a two-RBI single for the winning run.

At Paducah, KY:

LSU-Shreveport 1, Lindsey Wilson 0: Lindsey Wilson starter Darren Travers gave up a run in the first inning on an RBI single by 1B Greg Friesen, and held the Pilots scoreless the rest of the way. The Pilots needed a shutout from Jared Mortensen, and got one. Mortensen held the Blue Raiders to four hits, struck out ten, and walked only one. The Pilots will face the Peru State-Lindsey Wilson winner tomorrow for the championship.

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Union U. (TN) 3, Faulkner 1: (at Hardeeville, SC): After defeating Asbury 7-1 earlier in the day, the Bulldogs defeated #5 Faulkner with a complete game by Will Irwin.

Irwin, a transfer from Auburn, held the Eagles to six hits, and the only run the Eagles scored was unearned. Irwin struck out eight, didn't walk a batter, and most of the balls put in play by Eagles batters were harmless ground outs. He threw 125 pitches. He was also 2-4 at the plate.

Eagles starter Will Dismukes matched Irwin's performance for the first five innings, and the Eagles had a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. However, the Bulldogs loaded the bases, and 1B Kody Pinson drew a walk to bring in the tying run, scored by Wacey Russell, the courtesy runner for Irwin. C Doug Joyce hit a two-RBI double in the seventh to bring in the winning run. Joyce went 3-for-5 for the game.

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Top 25 and recap for May 1

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 02 May 2012

The NAIA Coaches' poll for May 1, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

1

LSU-Shreveport

46-4

559

2

7

2

Oklahoma City

41-8

527

3

5

3

Faulkner (AL)

47-10

521

4

1

4

Azusa Pacific (CA)

41-9

514

5

2

5

Lee (TN)

49-8-1

495

6

9

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

38-14

458

7

6

7

Tennessee Wesleyan

41-11

449

8

10

8

Oklahoma Baptist

42-12

422

9

8

9

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

39-11

404

10

22

10

Point Park (PA)

44-7

396

11

4

11

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

33-16

387

12

13

13

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

41-14

350

13

17

15

South Carolina-Beaufort

35-14

343

14

11

14

Georgetown C. (KY)

45-9

331

15

16

12

St. Thomas (FL)

39-12

293

16

40

17

Judson (IL)

44-10

271

17

14

16

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

36-22

263

18

21

25

Rogers State (OK)

41-12

247

19

50

19

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

39-19

209

20

19

20

Shorter (GAA)

37-16

194

21

24

23

Indiana Tech

37-18

175

22

37

24

Taylor (IN)

34-16

151

23

20

RV

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

38-12

134

24

39

18

Lubbock Christian (TX)

30-19

127

25

48

RV

Bellevue (NE)

37-17

116


12


The Master's (CA)

33-19



15


Cal State-San Marcos

27-20



18


Biola (CA)

25-25



23


Vanguard (CA)

23-21



25


Campbellsville (KY)

36-16


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 18, Azusa Pacific 2

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport won the Red River Athletic Conference championship, defeating Bacone 5-2 in the final. This was the only game of the tournament that was close. CF Ridge Gonsoulin went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the final; Drew Middleton got the win.

Oklahoma City swept three games against Wayland Baptist, 5-4, 7-0, and 22-6, and won the Sooner Athletic Conference pennant. 1B Miguel Beltran hit a three-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to win the first game. Blake Schwartz pitched a complete-game two-hitter in the second game, struck out ten. Beltran hit two home runs in the third game, to bring his season total to 22, tied for most in the NAIA. They finished their regular season with a 8-4 win over Division II Central Oklahoma. RF Chad Carman went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three RBI. The Stars are hosting the SAC tournament, and are scheduled to play Southern Nazarene May 2, Northwestern Oklahoma State on May 3, and #24 Lubbock Christian on May 4.

Faulkner was defeated by #5 Lee 13-0 in the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament, and because the Eagles lost an earlier game in the tournament, 12-9 to Shorter, the loss took the Flames out of the tournament. The loss to Shorter forced the Eagles to deplete their pitching staff, and they had to move position players to the mound for the last two innings of the game against Lee. This was the only meeting of the Eagles and Flames this season.

Azusa Pacific won three of four against Point Loma Nazarene. They lost the first game 6-5 when Matt Winkler balked in a run in the bottom of the 13th inning. Garrett Gooding, who pitched 5 1/3 relief innings for the Sea Lions, allowed four hits, struck out five, got the win. The Cougars won the remaining three games 3-1, 7-3, and 4-2. Jacob Cage got the in in the first game, went six innings, allowed zero earned runs on five hits. RF Brent Warren batted in two of the Cougars' runs, including a bunt single that sent in the winning run. DH Trevor Lothrup hit a grand slam home run to win the second game. 3B Brendan Casey scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the third game; J.C. Aguayo scattered seven hits for the win. The Cougars were upset by Westmont 12-5 in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament. 3B David Gabel went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double for the Warriors, batted in four runs. Timothy Leary went eight innings, got the win. This was Westmont's first post-season game in 15 years. The Cougars will play Fresno Pacific on May 2.

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Top 25 and recap for April 25

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 24, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

4

1

LSU Shreveport

42-4

560

2

8

2

Oklahoma City

36-8

519

3

5

5

Faulkner (AL)

44-9

518

4

1

4

Azusa Pacific (CA)

38-8

516

5

2

3

Lee (TN)

46-8-1

503

6

7

8

Embry-Riddle (FL)

36-14

453

7

6

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

36-11

422

8

11

7

Oklahoma Baptist

38-11

421

9

9

10

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

35-10

413

10

22

9

Point Park (PA)

40-7

412

11

3

12

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

30-15

386

12

16

13

St. Thomas (FL)

38-10

379

13

13

11

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

38-12

347

14

15

14

Georgetown C. (KY)

41-8

314

15

17

19

South Carolina-Beaufort

34-14

307

16

12

22

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

35-20

268

17

41

20

Judson (IL)

38-10

245

18

40

18

Lubbock Christian (TX)

28-17

238

19

43

21

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

35-17

236

20

20

15

Shorter (GA)

35-15

169

21

25

24

College of Idaho

35-13

161

22

33

23

Avila (Mo.)

30-10

154

23

21

RV

Indiana Tech

33-17

148

24

35

17

Taylor (Ind.)

31-15

140

25

23

25

Rogers State (Okla.)

39-12

128


10


The Master's (CA)

31-18



14


Cal State-San Marcos

25-18



18


Biola (CA)

22-24



19


Vanguard (CA)

21-18



24


Campbellsville (KY)

25-14


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 19, Azusa Pacific 1

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (22-4 RRAC) swept a double-header at William Carey, 10-4 and 9-4, and clinched the Red River Athletic Conference pennant by sweeping Texas Wesleyan 5-2, 5-0, and 14-2. Jared Mortensen went the distance in the first Texas Wesleyan game, scattered eight hits, struck out nine. Matt Lackie went the distance for the shutout in the second game, ran his record to 9-0, struck out seven. The Pilots then swept a double-header at Division III Centenary, 15-11 and 10-7 (eight innings, scheduled for seven). Mortensen got a save in the second game, CF Ridge Gonsoulin batted in the winning run. This crosstown, cross-divisional matchup drew 550 fans. The Pilots host the RRAC tournament April 28-May 1.

Oklahoma City (23-4 SAC) won two of three against #18 Lubbock Christian, 5-1, 4-5 (eight innings, scheduled for seven), and 4-2. 1B Miguel Beltran hit a home run in the first game, and also made an unassisted double play. 3B Jordan Lewis batted in the winning run for the Chaparrals in the second game. Jose Gonzalez, who retired all four batters he faced, got the win. 2B Brian Fisher hit a home run for the winning run in the third game. The Stars host Wayland Baptist April 26-27, and finish their regular season at Division II Central Oklahoma April 28. Beltran now has 20 home runs on the season, most in the NAIA. The Stars lead the Sooner Athletic Conference; #8 Oklahoma Baptist is three games back (with three games remaining) with a 20-7 record.

Faulkner (27-3 SSAC) swept three games against Shorter, 4-1, 5-1, and 4-2, and won the Southern States Athletic Conference pennant. Corey Black pitched a three-hitter in the first game, struck out eight. 2B Daniel Cayton hit a two-RBI double for the winning run in the third game. Black leads the NAIA with an ERA of 0.97, and is tied with four other pitchers (including Rich Hawkins of Oklahoma City) with ten wins. The Eagles have won 20 straight games. The SSAC tournament starts April 26, in Columbus, GA. The Eagles will play Belhaven in the first round.

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Top 25 and recap for April 17

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 17, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

4

1

LSU Shreveport

37-4

558

2

7

3

Oklahoma City

32-7

530

3

2

2

Lee (TN)

42-8-1

529

4

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

33-8

501

5

6

4

Faulkner (AL)

41-9

497

6

5

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

34-9

454

7

15

7

Oklahoma Baptist

34-9

444

8

8

6

Embry-Riddle (FL)

34-13

427

9

22

10

Point Park (PA)

36-7

410

10

9

9

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

31-10

389

11

10

13

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

35-10

381

12

3

11

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

27-14

370

13

14

12

St. Thomas (FL)

33-10

368

14

13

18

Georgetown C. (KY)

37-8

285

15

17

24

Shorter (GA)

35-12

261

16

11

19

The Master's (CA)

29-15

257

17

21

20

Taylor (IN)

29-11

255

18

42

14

Lubbock Christian (TX)

26-15

248

19

18

22

South Carolina-Beaufort

31-14

247

20

44

23

Judson (IL)

34-9

231

21

54

21

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

31-17

205

22

16

16

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

31-20

198

23

30

15

Avila (MO)

29-8

155

24

29

RV

C. of Idaho

32-12

130

25

23

RV

Rogers State (OK)

33-12

112


12


Cal State-San Marcos

22-17



19


Biola (CA)

18-22



20


Vanguard (CA)

18-16



24


Tabor

32-8



25


Texas Wesleyan

33-15


First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 18, Azusa Pacific 2

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (19-4 RRAC) won two of three close games against Texas-Brownsville, 1-2, 8-7, and 10-9. The loss ended a 16-game winning streak, and was Jared Mortensen's first loss of the season. Zach Armstrong went the seven-inning distance for the Scorpions, allowed only three hits, struck out six. (Mortensen allowed four hits, struck out ten.) 2B Scott Frasier hit a sacrifice fly for the winning run for the Scorpions. SS Manny Estrada hit a home run to win the second game, and he drew a bases-loaded walk to send in the winning run in the third game. The Pilots visit William Carey April 18, host Texas Wesleyan April 20-21, and close their regular season at Division III Centenary April 24. -14. The Pilots lead the Red River Athletic Conference, and can clinch the pennant with one win against Texas Wesleyan.

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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.

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Top 25 and recap for April 10

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 10, 2012, with Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating (ISR):

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

2012
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

1

LSU Shreveport

30-3

527

2

2

3

Lee (TN)

39-6-1

508

3

8

2

Oklahoma City

30-7

491

4

5

6

Faulkner (AL)

36-9

477

5

1

5

Azusa Pacific (CA)

31-8

451

6

7

4

Embry-Riddle (FL)

32-11

433

7

16

7

Oklahoma Baptist

31-8

425

8

6

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

31-8

421

9

9

12

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

29-9

382

10

20

8

Point Park (PA)

31-6

365

11

4

11

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

26-13

362

12

14

14

St. Thomas (FL)

31-9

353

13

13

16

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

29-10

320

14

39

13

Lubbock Christian (TX)

25-13

266

15

35

19

Avila (MO)

29-6

263

16

10

17

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

28-18

258

17

17

23

Tabor (KS)

29-5

224

18

15

21

Georgetown C. (KY)

32-7

223

19

12

24

The Master's (CA)

28-14

207

20

21

RV

Taylor (IN)

23-11

195

21

50

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

26-16

182

22

26

RV

South Carolina-Beaufort

27-13

179

23

43

20

Judson (IL)

29-8

147

24

24

RV

Shorter (GA)

32-12

140

25

22

9

Spring Arbor (MI)

26-7

137

11

Cal State-San Marcos

21-16

18

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

29-17

19

Biola (CA)

17-21

23

Vanguard (CA)

16-15

25

Belhaven (MS)

31-15

First place votes: LSU-Shreveport 17, Oklahoma City 1, Azusa Pacific 1

Azusa Pacific is #1 in Strength of Schedule

LSU-Shreveport (17-3 RRAC) swept Houston-Victoria 9-0, 3-1, and 8-0. Matt Lackie pitched a three-hit shutout in the first game, and Jared Mortensen pitched a seven-inning three-hit shutout in the third game, struck out eleven. Logan Norris nearly got a third shutout, but the Jaguars scored a run in the last inning. SS Manny Estrada hit a two-RBI triple. A scheduled game at Division II Southern Arkansas was rained out. Mortensen has an ERA of 1.09, third-best in the NAIA. The Pilots host Texas-Brownsville April 13-14. The Pilots have won 14 straight, and lead the Red River Athletic Conference; Texas-Brownsville is second with a with a 15-6 conference record.

Lee (21-3 SSAC) defeated Cumberland 6-3, and swept three games against Southern Polytechnic, 9-7, 6-5, and 7-0. 1B Roberto Reyes hit a grand slam home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth to win the first game against Southern Polytechnic. LF Mike Moore hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh of a seven-inning game for the winning run in the second game. Vince Spilker, Kyle Briner, and Andy Hillis combined for the shutout in the third game; 2B Blake Barber batted in three runs. The Flames host Tennessee Wesleyan April 11, and Auburn-Montgomery April 13-14. The Flames and #4 Faulkner continue to be tied for the Southern States Athletic Conference lead.

Oklahoma City (18-3 SAC) won two of three games against Rogers State, 5-3, 1-3, and 6-5 (eight innings, scheduled for seven). SS Chris Muñoz scored the winning run in the first game on a sacrifice fly by RF Dane Phillips; Muñoz went 3-for-4 with a home run. Brandon Bargas went the distance for the Hillcats in the second game, held the Stars to five hits, struck out ten. All three of the Hillcats' runs came on a home run by 2B Hector Rivera in the third inning, and Bargas had a shutout going into the seventh. 1B Miguel Beltran batted in the winning run with a fielder's choice in the third game; Patrick Goelz, who held the Hillcats scoreless over the last 2 2/3 innings, got the win in relief. The Stars host Oklahoma Christian April 12 and 14, and visit Oklahoma Christian April 13. The Stars lead the Sooner Athletic Conference; #x Oklahoma Baptist is in second place with a 13-5 record.

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