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2016 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Saturday, 11 June 2016

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft:

Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
46 2 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Erceg story Menlo (Calif.) 3B
119 4 Arizona Diamondbacks Curtis Taylor story British Columbia RHP
209 7 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Watson   Science & Arts (Okla.) LHP
234 8 San Diego Padres Benjamin Sheckler story Cornerstone (Mich.) LHP
258 9 Cincinnati Reds Alex Webb   British Columbia RHP
266 9 Chicago White Sox Max Dutto   Menlo (Calif.) SS
277 9 Houston Astros Ryan Hartman story Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
309 10 Texas Rangers Josh Merrigan story Georgia Gwinnett OF
379 13 Atlanta Braves Brandon White story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
416 14 Chicago White Sox Bryan Saucedo story Davenport (Mich.) RHP
425 14 San Francisco Giants Conner Menez story The Master's (Calif.) LHP
445 15 Detroit Tigers John Schreiber story Northwestern Ohio RHP
464 15 Chicago Cubs Jed Carter story Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) RHP
474 16 San Diego Padres Chris Mattison story Southeastern (Fla.) C
480 16 New York Mets Jacob Zanon story Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) CF
575 19 San Francisco Giants Brandon Van Horn   The Master's (Calif.) SS
604 20 Washington Nationals Jake Barnett   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) LHP
694 23 Washington Nationals Michael Rishwain story Westmont (Calif.) RHP
708 24 Cincinnati Reds Bruce Yari story British Columbia 1B
744 25 San Diego Padres Luis Anguizola   Loyola (La.) C
778 26 Boston Red Sox Jared Oliver   Truett-McConnell RHP
799 27 Atlanta Braves Corbin Clouse   Davenport (Mich.) LHP
801 27 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Cain   Faulkner (Ala.) RF
860 29 Colorado Rockies Josh Shelley   Mobile (Ala.) RHP
886 29 St. Louis Cardinals Noel Gonzalez   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
903 30 Minnesota Twins Quin Grogan   Lewis-Clarke State (Idaho) RHP
909 30 Texas Rangers Christian Torres   Faulkner (Ala.) LHP
922 31 Oakland Athletics Sam Sheehan   Westmont (Calif.) RHP
953 32 Miami Marlins Chevis Hoover   Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
965 32 San Francisco Giants John Timmins   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
969 32 Texas Rangers Travis Bolin   Davenport (Mich.) OF
976 32 St. Louis Cardinals Leland Tilley   Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
982 33 Oakland Athletics Jarrett Costa   Westmont (Calif.) C
999 33 Texas Rangers Mark Vasquez   Faulkner (Ala.) RHP
1056 35 Los Angeles Angels Sean Issac   Vanguard (Calif.) RHP
1086 36 Los Angeles Angels Jose Rojas   Vanguard (Calif.) SS
1121 37 Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Zamora   Calument (Ind.) RHP
1134 38 San Diego Padres Will Solomon   Georgia Gwinnett LHP
1161 39 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Gomez   St. Thomas (Fla.) CF

 

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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 19

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 19 April 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for April 19, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

43-4

486

2

8

3

Bellevue (NE)

34-6

481

3

3

4

Faulkner (AL)

38-10

462

4

4

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-7

451

5

6

5

South Carolina- Beaufort

36-6

437

6

2

6

Tennessee Wesleyan

33-9

425

7

7

7

Westmont (CA)

35-7

408

8

5

8

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

34-12

384

9

19

11

Vanguard (CA)

34-9-1

353

10

48

9

Jamestown (ND)

39-4

344

11

20

12

Tabor (KS)

34-13

342

12

17

10

Missouri Baptist

34-10

322

13

9

14

Middle Georgia State

36-11

318

14

13

18

York (NE)

34-11

277

15

34

16

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

34-11

272

16

15

19

Campbellsville (KY)

30-12

267

17

23

20

Sterling (KS)

36-11

232

18

12

17

Bryan (TN)

32-13

225

19

14

21

Davenport (MI)

28-9

215

20

37

RV

Texas Wesleyan

31-14

177

21

11

22

William Carey (MS)

31-15

156

22

21

23

Science & Arts (OK)

35-10

151

23

10

RV

Keiser (FL)

30-16

138

24

16

25

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

32-17

130

25

27

RV

IU Southeast (IN)

27-11

103

 

18

 

Saint Thomas (FL)

28-18

 

 

22

 

Southeastern (FL)

30-17

 

 

24

 

Webber International (FL)

30-17

 

 

25

 

Madonna (MI)

23-14

 

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Top 25 and recap for March 15

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 15 March 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for March 15, 2016. Recaps below.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

Faulkner (AL)

20-4

488

2

1

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

16-2

451

3

8

Georgia Gwinnett

25-1

443

4

13

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

20-5

442

5

12

Bellevue (NE)

17-4

426

6

16

Westmont (CA.)

19-3

388

7

NR

USC Beaufort (SC)

24-3

368

8

7

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

19-7

362

9

NR

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

15-1

340

10

NR

Jamestown (ND)

23-0

318

11

15

Keiser (FL)

20-7

317

12

14

Tennessee Wesleyan

14-7

287

13

4

Tabor (KS)

15-8

279

14

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

16-5

272

15

5

Oklahoma City

17-8

270

16

NR

Bethel (TN)

17-3

253

17

11

LSU Shreveport (LA)

16-5

245

18

22

Vanguard (CA)

19-6

211

19

9

Oklahoma Wesleyan

16-7

201

20

21

Missouri Baptist

16-6

142

21

20

Sterling (KS)

17-6

136

22

6

Davenport (MI)

11-7

126

23

23

Bryan (TN)

17-7

124

24

NR

Science & Arts (OK)

20-5

113

25

NR

Menlo (CA)

21-8

488

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2016 Preseason All-Americans

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 04 November 2015

The headliners are DH Keivan Berges of Keiser (Formerly Northwood FL) and LHP Adam Hines of LSU-Shreveport. Berges batted .333 with 156 home runs last season. Hines had an ERA of 0.96, and pitched seven complete games, including four straight. OF Colton Nash of Bellevue batted .352, hit grand slam home runs in three consecutive games. RHP Curtis Taylor of British Columbia had an ERA of 1.02. SS Cabe Reiten of Lewis-Clark State batted .411, started all 58 games.

Pos.

Name

Institution

Class

Hometown

C

Ryan Crowe

Westmont (Calif.)

Sr.

Ladera Ranch, Calif.

C

Scott Morton

Briar Cliff (Iowa)

Sr.

Ventura, Calif.

1B

Alex Bush

Westmont (Calif.)

Sr.

Menifee, Calif.

2B

Houston Looser

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

Jr.

Muscle Shoals, Ala.

3B

Alex Couch

Tabor (Kan.)

Sr.

Castlewood, Va.

SS

Cabe Reiten

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

Sr.

Spanaway, Wash.

UT

Wardy Polanco

Tennessee Wesleyan

Sr.

Haverstraw, N.Y.

DH

Keivan Berges

Keiser (Fla.)

Jr.

Wellington, Fla.

OF

Logan Coughlin

IU Southeast (Ind.)

Sr.

Brownsburg, Ind.

OF

Jordan Espino

Sterling (Kan.)

Sr.

Buena Park, Calif.

OF

Preston King

Bryan (Tenn.)

Sr.

Kingston, Tenn.

OF

Colton Nash

Bellevue (Neb.)

Sr.

Bonney Lake, Wash.

SP

Adam Hines

LSU Alexandria (La.)

Sr.

Bunkie, La.

SP

Victor Arche

Faulkner (Ala.)

Sr.

Miami, Fla.

SP

Brandon Guske

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

Jr.

Spring Hill, Tenn.

SP

Phillipe Graham

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Jr.

St. Chrysostome, Quebec

RP

Curtis Taylor

British Columbia

Jr.

Port Coquitlam, B.C.

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Canada won its second straight gold medal in baseball in the 2015 Pan American Games, played in Ajax, Ontario.

In both 2011 and 2015, alumni of NAIA schools played a key role in Canada's win. The 2011 team had four players who played at NAIA schools, and RHP Chris Kissock of Lewis-Clark State played a key role for that team (story).

The 2015 edition included two NAIA alumni, LHP Jeff Francis of British Columbia and RHP Jared Mortensen of LSU-Shreveport. Francis got two saves during the preliminary round, retired all six batters he faced, struck out two of them. He was called upon to start the gold medal game against the USA. He went seven innings, allowed four runs (two of them on a home run by DH Patrick Kivlehan [Mariners organization, Rutgers]) on eight hits, struck out seven, and walked one. He got a no-decision; the game was tied 4-4 when he left it. Canada ultimately won the game 7-6 in ten innings; the tying and winning runs came on a bad pickoff attempt followed by a throwing error.

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Conference championships roundup

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 06 May 2015

In every conference listed here (except the the Southern States Athletic Conference, which had a winner-take-all final), the title was decided by an “if necessary” game. ISR's mentioned here are as of May 6.

Cal State San Marcos (ISR #13) won the Association of Independent Institutions championship for the third time in five years. They lost the first “final” to #1 Georgia Gwinnett 2-1. The Grizzlies out-hit the Cougars 11-5, and SS Ernesto Vasquez hit an RBI single for the winning run. CSUSM won the deciding game 11-5. The Cougars got five runs in the first inning, and added four more in the second. LF Clinton Perez hit an RBI single for the winning run. Emilio Esquibel got his second win of the tournament, and ran his record to 12-1, 2.43 ERA. Story Georgia Gwinnett will host an Opening Round bracket.

#2 Oklahoma City won the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, defeating #3 Oklahoma Baptist twice, 9-6 and 7-5. The Stars trailed in the late innings of both games. They scored four runs in the eighth inning of the first one. In the second one, C Connor Lynch hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth. Story Both Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Baptist are hosting Opening Round brackets.

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Top 25 and recap for April 28

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 28 April 2015

NAIA coaches' poll for April 28, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

32

2

Georgia Gwinnett

43-9

576

2

20

3

Oklahoma City

38-10

568

3

4

4

Oklahoma Baptist

45-4

544

4

9

5

Northwood (FL)

39-10

521

5

7

7

Davenport (MI)

44-6

495

6

14

6

Oklahoma Wesleyan

43-10

489

7

6

8

Tennessee Wesleyan

37-10

485

8

2

8

The Master's (CA)

41-10

467

9

13

10

Tabor (KS)

46-9

443

10

8

1

Faulkner (AL)

42-12

437

11

17

15

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

36-16

389

12

1

13

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

40-10

382

13

41

12

LSU Shreveport (LA)

40-12

357

14

5

11

Westmont (CA)

37-13

352

15

16

16

Northwestern Ohio

37-10

310

16

11

17

Bellevue (NE)

41-12

303

17

24

20

Sterling (KS)

44-11

294

18

18

18

Embry-Riddle (FL)

32-16

265

19

19

14

Campbellsville (KY)

27-9

252

20

29

21

St. Thomas (FL)

38-13

218

21

3

19

Concordia (CA)

40-14

212

22

21

23

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

30-8

181

23

34

22

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

33-12

180

24

37

24

Point Park (PA)

36-11

146

25

36

25

William Woods (MO)

35-10

115

 

10

 

British Columbia

27-16

 

 

12

 

Vanguard (CA)

36-18

 

 

15

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

29-21

 

 

22

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

35-18

 

 

23

 

York (NE)

42-15

 

 

25

 

Missouri Baptist

35-10

 

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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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2015 Preseason All-Americans

Written by Administrator - Monday, 03 November 2014

Northwood (FL) C Carlos Contreras and British Columbia LHP Conor Lillis-White are the headliners of the 2015 NAIA Preseason All-America Team.

Contreras transfered from Northwood (TX), which shut down their athletic program. He hit .453 there, with a slugging percentage of .753, fourth-highest in the NAIA.

Lillis-White had the lowest ERA in the NAIA last season, 0.46. He is already 2-0, 0.82 ERA this season.

Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Carlos Contreras

Northwood (Fla.)

C

Sr.

West Palm Beach, Fla.

Taylor Eads

Spring Hill (Ala.)

OF

Jr.

Slidell, La.

Jordan Eckley

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

OF

Jr.

Leawood, Kan.

Jaime Gurroloa

Science & Arts (Okla.)

3B

Jr.

El Paso, Texas

Russell Harmening

Westmont (Calif.)

SP

Jr.

Oceanside, Calif.

Steve Karkenny

The Master's (Calif.)

RP

Sr.

Chatsworth, Calif.

Conor Lillis-White

British Columbia

SP

Sr.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Connor Lynch

Oklahoma City

C

Sr.

Marietta, Ga.

Aaron Marshall

Ottawa (Kan.)

1B

Jr.

McPherson, Kan.

Derek Moore

Shawnee State (Ohio)

SP

So.

Wheelersburg, Ohio

Orlando Olivera

Missouri Baptist

OF

Jr.

Miami, Fla.

Mitch Peschon

Northwestern (Iowa)

OF

Jr.

Spirit Lake, Iowa

Paul Pickerell

Belhaven (Miss.)

2B

Jr.

Elizabethtown, Ky.

Davon Poole

Saint Mary (Kan.)

INF

Sr.

Sacramento, Calif.

Jeff Ricker

Oklahoma Baptist

DH

Sr.

San Bernardino, Calif.

Riley Swanson

Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)

SS

So.

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Chris Van Brandt

Brewton-Parker (Ga.)

OF

Sr.

Sarasota, Fla.

Brandon Zywicki

Missouri Baptist

SP

Sr.

Rochester, Minn.

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