#1 Faulkner swept a series at Blue Mountain, 2-0, 8-1, and 10-1. Their record is now 8-2. LHP Thomas Dorminy pitched a one-hitter in the first game, struck out ten.RHP Jeremy Holcombe got the win in the second game, pitched six shutout innings, allowed three hits. RHP Julian Esquibel got the win in the third game. The Eagles visit Thomas Feb. 21-22.
#2 Lewis-Clark State started their season 4-0, sweeping Division II Montana State-Billings, 5-4, 20-6, 9-2, and 4-1. David Murillo, Beau Kerns, Dillon Keene, and Gunnar Swanson got the wins. Swanson went six innings, allowed three hits, struck out seven. LF/DH Kyle Knigge went 8-for-17 with four RBI for the series. The Warriors host Division II Western Oregon Feb. 21-23.
#3 Embry-Riddle swept South Carolina-Beaufort, 5-2, 4-0, and 3-1. RHP Daniel Poncedeleon went the nine-inning distance in the first game, struck out ten. LHP Stetson Nelson pitched all but the last out of a two-hit shutout in the second game, and the Eagles scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the eighth. RHP Corey Tufts and LHP Clayton Wagner combined for a one-hitter in the third game. The Sand Sharks got only nine hits in the series. The Eagles visit Division II Stillman Feb. 22-23.
#4 Missouri Baptist won three games at a tournament at Belhaven. The Spartans defeated Campbellsville 13-3, Saint Francis (IN) 19-3, and Belhaven 5-2. LF Orlando Olivera went 4-for-5 with two RBI against Campbellsville. 2B Jeff Smith went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI against Saint Francis. LHP Dave Mullins got the win against Belhaven; he went seven innings, allowed no earned runs and one hit. The Spartans host Indiana Wesleyan Feb. 21-22.
NAIA baseball action during the past week, with Boyd Nation's ISR
ISR #1 Lewis-Clark State is #8 in strength of schedule.
They swept four games against Oregon Tech, 13-3, 8-2, 20-1, and 12-9.
Garrett Wilson went the distance in the second game, allowed eight
hits, struck out four (story).
3B/1B Brady Steiger went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the
third game, and Ryan Sells got the win (story).
Steiger was 12-for-16 with five doubles and two home runs for the
series, and he is batting .482.
The Warriors then won the first of six games in Daytona Beach, FL.
They defeated Saint Thomas 3-2. DH Eric Peterson singled in the
winning run, and Carson Nylund got the win (story).
The Warriors play at #12 Embry-Riddle March 19, 21, 22, and 23,
and play Webber International March 20 in Daytona Beach.
#2 Cal State San
Marcos swept four games against Vanguard,
3-0, 6-2, 5-1, and 8-1. James Dykstra pitched the first eight innings
of the shutout in the first game, allowed two hits, struck out 10.
3B Kenny Belzer hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the
winning run. The losing pitcher, Kanakani Usui, went the distance,
allowed only five hits. The Lions were done in by four unearned runs
on four errors in the second game. LF Kyle Kuck went 2-for-3, singled
in the winning run, and pitched a hitless seventh inning (story).
Steve Messner went the distance in the third game, allowed four hits.
Belzer went 2-for-5, batted in three runs, including the winning run.
Kevin Hilton went the seven-inning distance in the fourth game,
allowed seven hits, struck out three. The Cougars' first two runs
came on balks (story).
The Cougars are 19-2. Hilton is
4-0, 0.82 ERA, and Dykstra is 6-0, 1.15 ERA, with 53
strikeouts. The Cougars visit
now-Division-II Point Loma Nazarene March 22, and host Point Loma
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.
Oklahoma City (15-4, 6-1 SAC) defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan
12-4, and swept Northwestern
Oklahoma State, 10-5, 3-0, and
10-2. 2B Brian Fisher went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI
against Oklahoma Wesleyan. C Chad Carman hit a solo home run for the
winning run in the first game against Northwestern Oklahoma State.
Rich Hawkins pitched the shutout in the second game, allowed four
hits. C/RF Dane Phillips hit
a three-run home run in the third game, and got another RBI on a
ground out. The Stars visit Southern Nazarene March 6,
host Mid-America Christian March 8 and 10, and visit
Mid-America Christian March 9.
Concordia-Irvine (13-5, 7-1 GSAC) swept four games against
Vanguard, 9-7 , 20-6, 10-9,
and 14-4. Pinch-hitter Matt Taylor hit a two RBI double in the top of
the ninth to win the first game. 1B Tony Harkey, Jr. hit two home
runs and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored in the
second game. LF Kyle Konicek when 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI
in the third game, and 3B Ryan DiMascio went 2-for-4 with a home run
and two RBI in the fourth game. The Eagles visit non-conference Cal
State-San Marcos March 9, and visit Cal State-San Marcos March
10. The Eagles lead the Golden State Athletic Conference; The
Master's is second with a 6-2
Lee (21-2, 9-0 SSAC) swept Milligan 10-1
and 13-0. SS Edmanuel Rivera and 1B Roberto Reyes hit home runs in
the first game. Dustin Lawson, Kyle Briner, and Joe Fabre combined
for a two-hit shutout in the second game. The Flames then swept three
games against Truett McConnell,
8-1, 3-2, and 14-4. Kris Hall went seven innings in the first game,
allowed one run on three hits, struck out 12.
The Flames were out-hit 5-4 in the second game, but 2B Blake Barber
singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh to win it. LF Mike
Moore went 3-for-4 with
a home run in the third game. The
Flames visit Bryan March
7 and Tennessee Temple March
8, then host Loyola-New Orleans March 9-10. Barber is
batting .507 for the Flames.
you've seen, or are planning to see the film “Moneyball”,
starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, it's entertainment. Most of the
real story can be found on Wikipedia, in the articles on A's GM Billy
Beane and Assistant GM Paul
DePodesta was taken out of the film entirely, and replaced by the
fictional character played by Hill. The film portrayed Beane as
placing his career on the line with the deals he made during the 2002
season, when, in fact, he had already been the General Manager of the
A's for four seasons.
that the film was based on was written by Michael Lewis and published
in 2003. It gives a history of “sabermetrics”,
a set of baseball statistics that started with Bill
James, and was refined by a community of geeks. James felt that
batting average, home runs, and RBI are ineffective measurements of a
players performance. On-base percentage is better, but James came up
with the “runs created” statistic, which is:
RC = ((hits + BB) x total bases) / (at bats + BB)