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2016 conference tournament recap

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 12 May 2016

#1 Georgia Gwinnett swept through the Association of Independent Institutions tournament, defeating Fisher 13-3, Mount Mercy 9-1, and Clarke 6-3 and 14-1. In the first game against Clarke, CF Josh Merrigan hit an RBI single for the winning run. RHP Nikolay Uherek got the win, pitched seven innings, allowed two earned runs on nine hits, struck out six. Story

Zac Rinehart is second in the NAIA in hitting with a .476 average. The Grizzlies are hosting an Opening Round bracket May 17-20. video

#2 Bellevue won the North Star Athletic Association tournament. They hit eight home runs in the final against Mayville State, and won 14-1. LF Joe Moran hit two of the home runs. RHP Ben McKendall had a shutout going into the eighth inning before giving up a home run by LF Aaron Miller. The Comets had to play an "if necessary" game to get to the final, and ran out of pitchers in the seventh inning, when the Bruins scored ten runs. Story None of the games the Bruins played in the tournament were close. RHP Todd Nicks and RHP John Timmins combined for an 11-0 shutout over Waldorf; Nicks struck out 14. Story

McKendall is now 11-1, 1.53 ERA (ninth-best in the NAIA), with 111 strikeouts (tied for sixth-best in the NAIA). The Bruins now wait to learn their Opening Round location.

#3 Lewis-Clark State won the NAIA West tournament, without giving up a single run. The defending champions defeated Corban 7-0, British Columbia 3-0, and C. of Idaho 5-0. RHP Kevin Hamann, RHP Noel Gonzalez (in relief), and RHP Connor Brogdon got the wins; Hamann went the distance. The game against British Columbia was probably the best of the three. It was scoreless until the eight inning, and a good pitching duel between RHP Curtis Taylor of the Thunderbirds (6 IP, 4 hits, 10 strikeouts, no walks) and RHP Quin Grogan of the Warriors (7 2/3 IP, 3 hits, seven strikeouts, three walks). The Warriors got the only run they needed on an RBI double by CF Logan Griffin, off reliever RHP Christian Botnick. LF Jacob Zanon completed the scoring with a solo home run. Story 1B Tyler McDowell went 4-for-4 with two triples and a stolen base in the game against C. of Idaho. Story

The Warriors are idle until the Baseball National Championship tournament May 27-June 3. Both the Thunderbirds (ISR #9, #1 in strength of schedule) and C. of Idaho (ISR #12) will be playing in the Opening Round.

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Top 25 and recap for April 26

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 26 April 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for April 26, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

47-4

498

2

9

2

Bellevue (NE)

39-7

477

3

2

3

Faulkner (AL)

41-11

460

4

4

4

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

40-7

451

5

3

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

36-10

437

6

6

7

Westmont (CA)

39-7

424

7

5

8

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

38-13

388

8

7

5

South Carolina-Beaufort

37-9

385

9

22

11

Tabor (KS)

38-13

366

10

36

10

Jamestown (ND)

44-5

353

11

14

12

Missouri Baptist

36-11

339

12

24

17

Sterling (KS)

40-11

316

13

28

9

Vanguard (CA)

35-12-1

308

14

8

13

Middle Georgia State

38-13

288

15

10

19

Davenport (MI)

34-10

275

16

26

14

York (NE)

37-13

241

17

17

22

Science & Arts (OK)

38-10

238

18

39

15

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

35-14

221

19

11

21

William Carey (MS)

34-15

192

20

18

16

Campbellsville (KY)

31-15

189

21

16

18

Bryan (TN)

33-15

173

22

42

20

Texas Wesleyan

33-15

166

23

19

25

IU Southeast (IN)

30-11

142

24

13

RV

St. Thomas (FL)

31-17

122

25

34

RV

Southwestern Christian (OK)

39-7

96

 

12

 

Madonna (MI)

29-14

 

 

15

23

Keiser (FL)

32-19

 

 

20

24

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

33-20

 

 

21

 

British Columbia

34-17

 

 

23

 

The Master's (CA)

31-15

 

 

25

 

Menlo (CA)

32-18

 

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Top 25 and recap for March 24

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 24 March 2015

NAIA coaches' poll for March 24, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

9

1

Oklahoma Baptist

28-0

591

2

6

2

Faulkner (AL)

29-5

556

3

11

3

Missouri Baptist

22-2

555

4

15

4

Tabor (KS)

28-3

542

5

42

5

Georgia Gwinnett

27-5

512

6

1

8

Davenport (MI)

20-2

484

7

4

7

Northwood (FL)

28-7

480

8

3

6

The Master's (CA)

27-7

474

9

35

10

LSU Shreveport (LA)

19-5

430

10

29

11

Oklahoma Wesleyan

23-6

428

11

31

T13

Oklahoma City

25-6

378

12

10

T13

Westmont (CA)

25-8

364

13

7

16

Tennessee Wesleyan

20-7

356

14

2

9

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

19-7

348

15

13

12

Bellevue (NE)

22-6

336

16

16

19

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

22-9

321

17

8

18

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

26-9

280

18

14

RV

Embry-Riddle (FL)

21-12

231

19

5

RV

Campbellsville (KY)

13-4

224

20

19

17

St. Thomas (FL)

23-8

199

21

40

15

Sterling (KS)

23-8

196

22

36

25

Mobile (AL)

20-8

184

23

30

24

Point Park (PA)

15-4

179

24

43

RV

Union (KY)

18-5

135

25

22

RV

Northwestern Ohio

18-6

122

 

12

20

British Columbia

15-8

 

 

17

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

12-16

 

 

18

 

Bryan (TN)

26-8

 

 

20

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

17-12

 

 

21

 

Judson (IL)

17-5

 

 

23

 

Madonna (MI)

20-7

 

 

24

 

Vanguard (CA)

25-12

 

 

25

 

York (NE)

20-10

 

 

Oklahoma Baptist received all 21 first place votes.

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Recap for Feb. 26-March 1

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 03 March 2015

#9 Missouri Baptist split a double-header with Bryan at the beginning of the week, 4-3 and 3-4. The loss in the second game was their first of the season. The Spartans were outhit 8-5 in the first game, but they got two unearned runs, and a two-RBI single by DH Aaron Pangilinan. The second game was tied 2-2 going into the seventh and final inning. 2B Cody Rhinehart hit a two-RBI single in the top of the ninth to win it. RB Eli Roundtree hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, but Lions reliever Zeke Colby recorded a strikeout to end it. Colby got the win; he and starter RHP Hunter Tipton held the Spartans to five hits. Story

The Spartans lost six games to weather. The host Missouri Valley March 3, and Lindenwood-Belleville March 6-7.

The Lions are 15-4, and two of their pitchers, Francisco Colin and Kenny Knudsen, have pitched no-hitters this season. They also lost games to weather, but replaced them with games against Division III Covenant, which they won, 5-1 and 5-2. Knudsen went the seven-inning distance in the second game, allowed four hits. He leads the NAIA with 46 strikeouts, and has an ERA of 0.56. The Lions host Judson March 2-3, and visit Point March March 6-7.

#2 Lewis-Clark State was off this week. They host Corban in a non-conference series March 7-8. (audio)

#3 Oklahoma Wesleyan got a pair of mid-week wins over Division II Rogers State, 7-1 and 7-5, then lost four scheduled games to weather. SS Avery Flores went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the first game against Rogers State. In the second game, 3B Zair Koeiman hit a two-RBI double for the winning run. Three Eagles pitchers held the Hillcats to four hits, but the Hillcats got two unearned runs on three errors by the Eagles. The Eagles host #4 Oklahoma Baptist March 3, and visit Bethany March 6-7.

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Recap for Feb. 6-8

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 08 February 2015

#1 Cumberland started the season with three losses in a tournament at Belhaven: 11-2 to #9 Missouri Baptist, 7-6 to Culver-Stockton, and 7-6 to #14 Belhaven. The Spartans led the first game all the way; the Bulldogs didn't get on the board until the seventh inning. David Mullins got the win, pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out seven. C Jake Hillier hit a line drive for a sacrifice fly to score the winning run for the Wildcats in the second game. Ian Miller, who allowed only one hit over the final three innings, and recorded four strikeouts, got the win. In the third game, the Bulldogs left 11 men on base, and had the tying run on third when the game ended. The winning run scored when RF Joey Harris was hit by a pitch. Harris went 2-for-3, had two RBI and a run scored. The Bulldogs visit #23 Tennessee Wesleyan on Feb. 11, then have their home opener against Missouri Baptist Feb. 13-14.

Missouri Baptist is now 6-0. After the win over Cumberland, the Spartans defeated Belhaven 13-8 amd Culver-Stockton 10-5. LF Orlando Olivera went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, five RBI and three runs scored against Belhaven. Olivera got two more RBI against Culver-Stockton, and RF Eli Roundtree went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI.

#2 Lewis-Clark State went to a tournament in Nampa and Caldwell, ID, and dropped their opener to Concordia-Portland 13-6, but they won the next three games: 5-4 over Division II Northwest Nazarene, 21-2 over #24 British Columbia, and 8-0 over C. of Idaho. Concordia broke open a close game by scoring seven runs in the bottom fo the seventh, led by a two-RBI double by C Nate Esposito. RHP Brad Bearden pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for the Cavaliers, allowed no runs on two hits. The Warriors scored two runs in the top of the ninth, on a two-RBI single by 1B Seth Brown, to take a 5-3 lead against Northwest Nazarene. The Crusaders made it 5-4 on an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth, but the game ended with 2B/3B Tyler Davis being tagged out five feet short of home plate by RHP Joe Mello. SS Max Whitt hit two home runs, one of them a grand slam, against British Columbia. RHP Beau Kerns pitched a three-hit shutout against C. of Idaho, struck out seven. Brown went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.

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Top 25 and recap for April 29

Written by Administrator - Saturday, 26 April 2014

The NAIA Coaches' Poll for April 29, 2014, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking.

RANK

ISR

LAST
TIME

SCHOOL

2014
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

14

1

Oklahoma Baptist

44-6

590

2

1

3

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

39-7

554

3

8

4

Georgetown C.(KY)

38-6

542

4

9

2

Faulkner (AL)

42-12

540

5

10

5

Oklahoma Wesleyan

49-6

531

6

12

6

Georgia Gwinnett

44-9

496

7

2

7

San Diego Christian (CA)

37-16

461

8

16

9

Missouri Baptist

42-10

460

9

15

10

Brewton-Parker (GA)

30-9

422

10

26

8

LSU Shreveport (LA)

40-14

419

11

20

11

Doane (NE)

42-7

418

12

6

12

The Master's (CA)

37-14

377

13

21

13

Tabor (KS)

43-10

367

14

17

15

Southern Polytechnic (GA)

38-16

326

15

28

16

Embry-Riddle (FL)

34-17

313

16

32

14

Oklahoma City

32-16

306

17

24

19

Southeastern (FL)

40-14

262

18

27

21

Bellevue (NE)

34-13-2

239

19

33

23

Point Park (PA)

38-13

223

20

34

20

Northwestern (IA)

38-9

221

21

45

17

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

37-8

203

22

7

RV

Vanguard (CA)

31-19

188

23

31

24

Belhaven (MS)

38-17

137

24

5

18

Westmont (CA)

34-16

118

25

43

RV

Jamestown (ND)

31-8

107

 

3

 

British Columbia

29-11

 

 

4

 

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

37-17

 

 

11

 

Cal State San Marcos

37-16

 

 

13

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

26-18

 

 

18

 

Corban (OR)

28-14

 

 

19

 

C. of Idaho

27-22

 

 

22

 

Cumberland (TN)

37-17

 

 

23

 

William Woods (MO)

35-10

 

 

25

 

Menlo (CA)

25-28

 



First place votes: Oklahoma Baptist 19, Faulkner 1, Lewis-Clark State 1
#7 San Diego Christian is #1 in Strength of Schedule

#1 Oklahoma Baptist swept Saint Gregory's, 18-11, 12-4, and 16-5. The first game was closer than the score indicates; both teams had twelve hits, and the Bison didn't put it away until they scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning. CF Joey Szczepanski went 4-for-6 with a three-run home run, five RBI, and four runs scored. 1B Steven Knudson hit two home runs in the second game, batted in three runs. Julian Merryweather got the win, went eight innings, allowed four runs on ten hits. Knudson got another home run in the third game, went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Jinny Parra got the win, allowed four runs on six hits, struck out seven. Parra's record is 6-1, 1.99 ERA.

The Bison then defeated now-Division II Rogers State 3-2 in twelve innings. Szczepanski hit an RBI double for the winning run in the 12th. Frankie Wright, who allowed one hit over the last two innings, got the win. Szczepanski had another double, was 3-for-6 for the game.

Merryweather is 9-2, 1.39 ERA, 91 K. The Bison have won 15 straight, and they won the Sooner Athletic Conference pennant. They are co-hosting the SAC tournament May 2-5. Live video The Bison play Mid-America Christian in the first round. #16 Oklahoma City plays Southwestern Assemblies of God.

#2 Lewis-Clark State dropped their first game against Division II Northwest Nazarene 11-10, then won the remaining three games 12-5, 9-0, and 1-0. The Warriors were charged with four errors in the first game. The Crusaders got the winning run on a sacrifice fly by CF Josh Hatfield in the eighth inning; Hatfield had three RBI's for the game. Aaron Vaughn got the win for the Crusaders, despite giving up eight earned runs on 14 hits over eight innings. The Warriors didn't over the second game until the seventh inning, when they scored four runs, two of them on a single by RF Cody Lavalli. CF Ryan Sells went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Ty Jackson and Nick Lemoncelli combined for the shutout in the third game. They allowed two hits apiece, and Lemoncelli struck out five in three innings of work. Lavalli, 1B Jacob Cano, and LF Zach Holley hit home runs. The only run of the fourth game came from an RBI double by DH Jake Shirley in the top of the ninth. The Crusaders loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but David Murillo got a strikeout to end the game. Shirley was 4-for-5 for the game. J.T. Kaul, Beau Kerns, Joe Mello, and Murillo combined for the shutout; Mello got the win.

The Warriors finished the weekend with a 2-1 win in a non-conference game at nearby C. of Idaho. The Warriors' only runs came from a two-run home run by Jackson, playing first base in this one. Cody Chartrand got the win, went five innings, allowed a run on five hits. Gunnar Swanson and Michael Noteware held the Coyotes hitless the rest of the way.

Lavalli has 13 home runs, which ties him with seven other players, including Knudson of Oklahoma Baptist and Ruiz of Oklahoma Wesleyan, for second-best in the NAIA. (Forrest Smith of Oklahoma City leads the NAIA with 16.) The Warriors visit Division II Western Oregon May 2 and 4, and visit Linfield, ranked #1 in Division III, May 3.

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Recap for March 17

Written by Administrator - Saturday, 15 March 2014

NAIA baseball action during the past week, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking.

#1 Lewis-Clark State swept #8 College of Idaho, 8-0, 6-2, 10-2, and 9-3. Michael Noteware, Colton Wright, and Joe Mello combined for a one-hitter in the first game; Noteware went six innings, allowed the only hit, struck out five. The four Coyotes' runs in the second and third games came from two two-run home runs by SS Mitch Skaggs. Dillon Keene got the win in relief in the fourth game, allowed one hit in two innings. The Warriors visit Menlo March 21, 22, and 24.

#2 British Columbia swept a four-game series at #6 Concordia-Portland, 3-1, 11-2, 2-1, and 14-6 (12 innings). Sean Callegari got the win in the first game, went seven innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out eight. The Thunderbirds got all the runs they needed in the second game in the second inning, with a bases-loaded triple by 2B Matt Spillman. Conor Lillis-White got the win, allowed one hit in five innings. C Cam Firth hit an RBI double with two out in the top of the ninth for the winning run in the third game. Curtis Taylor got the win, pitched a perfect eighth inning. Bryan Pawlina pitched the first seven innings, allowed one run on three hits, struck out eight. It took the Thunderbirds 12 innings to complete the sweep. They left the go-ahead run on third in the top of the ninth. Curtis Taylor got the Thunderbirds out of a jam in the bottom of the ninth. He was greeted with a double by SS Christian Lichtenhale. Taylor struck out the next batter, then got a ground out, which moved the potential winning run to third base. Taylor intentionally walked the next batter, and struck out the one after that to send it into extra innings. The Cavaliers ran out of pitchers in the 12th inning.

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It wasn't pretty, but five Biola pitchers combined for a 6-0 no-hitter against The Master's, giving the Eagles the series win, and their first no-hitter since 1970.

Josh Staumont pitched the first 5 1/3 innings for the Eagles, got the win. He struck out three, walked five. The next pitcher, Garrett Picha, faced only one batter. He walked him, and threw a wild pitch while doing it. He was relieved by Erick Allen, who went 2 1/3 innings. Javier Martinez came in with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, and a ground ball to third base was scored as an error, the only one of the game. Martinez got a fly out to end the inning, and struck out the first batter in the bottom of the ninth. Will Emerson recorded a fly out and a strikeout to complete the no-hitter.

C Nick Oddo went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for the Eagles. 1B Sage Poland singled in the winning run in the second inning. Eagles Head Coach John Verhoeven didn't realize that his team got a no-hitter until ten minutes after the game was over.

Story from Biola site: Five Biola Pitchers Combine to No-Hit The Master's

The Eagles and Mustangs traded 2-0 shutouts on Saturday. A.J. Work and Daniel Sheaffer combined for the shutout for the Mustangs in the first game, Nick Turner and Javier Martinez combined for the shutout for the Eagles in the second game.

LHP Cole Swanson, a transfer from San Diego State (he pitched 26 1/3 innings for the Aztecs last year, struck out 21), got the start for Concordia-Irvine's season opener, and he delivered a complete-game one-hitter against Arizona Christian. He struck out 14. The one hit was a two-run home run by 1B Ryan Jones in the seventh inning. The final score was 4-2. The winning run for the Eagles came on an RBI single by LF Dylan Bryant in the fifth inning. 1B Bryan Garza completed the Eagles' scoring with a home run in the sixth.

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Verhoeven stepping down at Biola

Written by Administrator - Friday, 30 November 2012

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

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Recap for March 13

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Oklahoma City (19-4, 10-1 SAC) defeated Southern Nazarene 12-11, and swept three games against Mid-America Christian, 15-5, 8-1, and 11-0. 2B Brian Fisher went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI, and two runs scored against Southern Nazarene. CC/RF Dane Phillips hit a three-run home run in the first game against Mid-America Christian. Cody Crabaugh got the win in the second game, allowed two hits in five innings. Davis Henderson, Will Patrigo, and Allen Townsend combined for the shutout in the third game; Henderson recorded ten strikeouts. The Stars host Bethany March 12, Southern Nazarene March 13, and Briar Cliff March 17-18.

Concordia-Irvine (15-6, 7-1 GSAC) won two of three in a non-conference series against Cal State-San Marcos, losing 7-3 and winning 8-7 (10 innings) and 6-5. James Dykstra went the distance for the Cougars in the first game, allowed three runs on six hits, struck out seven. LF Kyle Konicek hit an RBI single for the winning run in the second game. CF John Doering laid down a bunt to score 2B Chris Limus for the winning run in the third game. The Eagles visit Point Loma Nazarene March 16, host Point Loma Nazarene March 17, and host Sioux Falls 18 and 21. The Eagles are tied with Azusa Pacific for the lead in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

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