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National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 21 May 2017

Schedule for the first two days of the 61st NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #7 seed Science and Arts of Oklahoma (47-15) vs. #10 The Master's (39-21)

Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chikasha, OK) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went two-and-out last year, and were taken out by The Master's. The Drovers win the United Nations award for the second straight year; they have an Australian, five Puerto Ricans, and a Dominican Republican.
Nickname: Drovers
Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #27 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #37
Quality wins: 3-1 vs. Bellevue, Davenport, 3-1 vs. Friends, Oklahoma Baptist
Top position players: UTL Christian Perez (.434, 10 HR, 59 RBI, Bayamon, Puerto Rico), RF Randy Ventura (.429, 10 HR, 52 RBI, Carolina, Puerto Rico), C Dillon White (.410, 15 HR, 80 RBI). White's 80 RBI are fifth-best in the NAIA.
Top pitchers: LHP Francis Ventura (10-1, 1.64 ERA, 88 K), LHP Jose Hidalgo (9-1, 2.04 ERA, 85 K), RHP Ruddy Estrella (1-1, 2.49 ERA, 29 K), LHP Carson Korff (8-0, 2.56 ERA, 52 K). Ventura's ERA is third-lowest in the NAIA, and lowest of the pitchers in this tournament. Hidalgo's ERA is 15th-lowest.
Coach: Mike Ross, 13th season
Outlook: The Drovers had to beat a really good Bellevue team twice and a good Davenport team to get here. This is a tough first round matchup for both teams.

The Master's (Santa Clarita, CA) is making their fourth appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went 1-2 in last year's tournament. The win was 6-1 over Science and Arts of Oklahoma; RHP Brad Lohse pitched a complete game. They won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament by winning five straight after losing the opening game.
Nickname: Mustangs
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #6
Quality wins: 4-1 vs. Menlo, 2-0 vs. Georgia Gwinnett. Defeated Hope International twice in GSAC tournament.
Top position players: C Jonah Jarrard (.413, 12 HR, 46 RBI), 3B Michael Sexton (.401, 16 HR, 59 RBI), CF Max Maitland (.351), SS Aaron Shackelford (.316, 14 HR, 50 RBI), 1B David Sheaffer (262, 8 HR, 59 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Danny Lutz (2-1, 2.53 ERA, 29 K), RHP Aaron Alexander (10-4, 2.84 ERA, 95 K), RHP Robert Winslow (8-5, 2.92 ERA, 97 K), RHP Jason Karkenny (5-2, 4.28 ERA, 49 K)
Coach: Monte Brooks, 21st season
Outlook: After a slow start, the Mustangs went 24-4 since March 25, and enter this tournament with a nine-game winning streak. Preview from The Master's College.

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2015 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft:

Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
64 2 Kansas City Royals Josh Staumont story Azusa Pacific,
transfer from Biola
RHP
164 5 Washington Nationals Taylor Hearn story Oklahoma Baptist LHP
166 6 Arizona Diamondbacks Tyler Mark story Concordia (Calif.) RHP
296 10 Miami Marlins Kelvin Rivas story Oklahoma Baptist RHP
306 10 San Francisco Giants Tyler Cyr story Embry-Riddle (Fla.) RHP
364 12 Cleveland Indians Ryan Perez story Judson (Ill.) LHP
441 15 Boston Red Sox Jerry Downs story St. Thomas (Fla.) OF
488 16 Oakland Athletics Dustin Hurlbutt story Tabor (Kan.) RHP
506 17 Miami Marlins Max Whitt story Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) SS
526 18 Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Comstock story Menlo (Calif.) C
547 18 Pittsburgh Pirates Stephan Meyer story Bellevue (Neb.) RHP
571 19 Milwaukee Brewers Steven Karkenny story The Master's (Calif.) 1B
578 19 Oakland Athletics Seth Brown   Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 1B
584 19 Washington Nationals Clayton Brandt   MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) SS
595 20 Cincinnati Reds Rock Rucker   Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) LHP
610 20 Detroit Tigers Logan Longwith   Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
632 21 Toronto Blue Jays Tayler Saucedo   Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
648 22 Texas Rangers Josh Altmann   Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) SS
653 22 Chicago Cubs Alex Bautista   Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) OF
720 24 Atlanta Braves Jacob Lanning   Holy Cross (Ind.) 3B
735 24 Los Angeles Angels Mitch Esser story Concordia (Calif.) CF
792 26 Los Angeles Dodgers Marcus Crescentini story Missouri Baptist RHP
794 26 Washington Nationals Russell Harmening story Westmont (Calif.) RHP
829 28 Houston Astros Zac Grotz story  Embry-Riddle (Fla.) RHP
837 28 San Diego Padres Corey Hale   Mobile (Ala.) LHP
853 28 Baltimore Orioles Christian Turnipseed   Georgia Gwinnett RHP
875 29 Seattle Mariners Jared West   LSU Shreveport (La.) LHP
886 30 Arizona Diamondbacks Jeff Smith   Missouri Baptist IF
892 30 Chicago White Sox Jack Charleston   Faulkner (Ala.) RHP
919 31 Houston Astros Keach Ballard story Oklahoma Baptist SS
932 31 Toronto Blue Jays Josh Degraaf   Taylor (Ind.) RHP
948 32 Texas Rangers John Werner   St. Catharine (Ky.) RHP
950 32 Minnesota Twins Andrew Vasquez   Westmont (Calif.) LHP
954 32 Philadelphia Phillies Reggie Wilson story Oklahoma City CF
958 32 Tampa Bay Rays Ty Jackson   Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) RHP
975 32 Los Angeles Angels Conor Lillis-White story British Columbia LHP
999 33 Kansas City Royals Nathan Esposito   Concordia (Ore.) C
1040 35 Minnesota Twins Hector Lujan   Westmont (Calif.) RHP
1077 36 San Diego Padres Alex Webb   British Columbia RHP
1083 36 New York Yankees Dustin Cook   Oklahoma City RHP
1151 38 St. Louis Cardinals Orlando Olivera   Missouri Baptist OF
1186 40 Arizona Diamondbacks Tucker Ward   Mobile (Ala.) RHP

 

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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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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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Top 25 and recap for March 17

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 17 March 2015

NAIA coaches' poll for March 17, 2015. Recaps below.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

Oklahoma Baptist

22-0

591

2

2

Faulkner (AL)

27-3

572

3

T4

Missouri Baptist

19-1

543

4

T4

Tabor (KS)

23-2

537

5

3

Georgia Gwinnett

22-5

519

6

11

The Master's (CA)

24-6

474

7

7

Northwood (FL)

23-7

468

8

13

Davenport (MI)

14-2

457

9

9

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

17-5

453

10

10

LSU Shreveport (LA)

16-5

416

11

8

Oklahoma Wesleyan

17-6

415

12

14

Bellevue (NE)

18-4

349

T13

21

Westmont (CA)

22-7

348

T13

16

Oklahoma City

18-5

348

15

19

Sterling (KS)

20-5

316

16

17

Tennessee Wesleyan

15-6

310

17

12

St. Thomas (FL)

18-8

308

18

6

Concordia (CA)

21-9

258

19

15

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

16-9

235

20

23

British Columbia

21-6

219

21

24

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

5-1

175

22

RV

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

13-7

173

23

RV

Southeastern (FL)

21-10

169

24

20

Point Park (PA)

10-4

136

25

22

Mobile (AL)

17-8

114

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Top 25 and recap for March 10

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The NAIA coaches' poll for March 10. Recaps below.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

Oklahoma Baptist

19-0

591

2

5

Faulkner (AL)

23-3

572

3

6

Georgia Gwinnett

20-4

531

T4

7

Tabor (KS)

17-2

526

T4

9

Missouri Baptist

11-1

526

6

18

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

21-6

499

7

NR

Northwood (FL)

19-5

469

8

3

Oklahoma Wesleyan

14-4

455

9

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

13-5

429

10

10

LSU-Shreveport

11-4

416

11

20

The Master's (CA)

21-6

410

12

RV

St. Thomas (FL)

16-6

354

13

19

Davenport (MI)

9-2

350

14

12

Bellevue (NB)

12-4

323

15

NR

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

15-6

310

16

16

Oklahoma City

12-5

301

17

23

Tennessee Wesleyan

13-5

296

18

NR

USC Beaufort (SC)

19-4

253

19

RV

Sterling (KS)

14-4

252

20

22

Point Park (PA)

9-1

239

21

RV

Westmont (CA)

19-7

225

22

NR

Mobile (AL)

16-6

206

23

24

British Columbia

17-6

123

T24

17

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

0-0

116

T24

RV

Campbellsville (KY)

6-2

116

 

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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. 17-22

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 24 February 2015

#9 Missouri Baptist (#1 according to Perfect Game) had four scheduled games canceled. They will play in a tournament at Campbellsville Feb. 26-28, against Campbellsville and Saint Francis (IN), but it's not clear if those games will happen, either (video).

#1 Cumberland had five scheduled games canceled. They are scheduled to host Freed-Hardeman Feb. 24 (video), visit #6 Georgia Gwinnett Feb. 25, and host Marygrove, a new baseball program, Feb. 27-28 (video). Marygrove also lost some games to weather, so the series at Cumberland will be their first-ever baseball games.

#2 Lewis-Clark State split four games with Division II Western Oregon, 11-0, 4-6, 8-4, and 0-5. Beau Kerns pitched a complete game shutout in the first game. He allowed six hits, recorded nine strikeouts. It was his third straight complete game, and he has an ERA of 1.00. 2B Cabe Reiten and 1B Seth Brown both hit three-run home runs. Reiten also hit a double, and was 3-for-4. C Chadwick Ka'alekahi was also 3-for-4 with a double. Story The Wolves led the second game the entire way, starting with a two-RBI double by LF Matt Taylor in the first inning. Reiten went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the third game, and he has had at least one hit in every game the Warriors have played this year. Story Michael Bennett, Shawn Domke, and Jacob Storedahl combined for the shutout in the fourth game. Three of the Wolves' runs came on a mis-played popup by Taylor. Story

The Warriors are now 10-5. They don't play again until March 7, when they host Corban.

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Recap for Feb. 10-15

Written by Administrator - Monday, 16 February 2015

#1 Cumberland has started the season 0-7. They had a midweek loss at #23 Tennessee Wesleyan, 13-7, then got swept at home by #9 Missouri Baptist, 5-3 (10 innings), 13-5, and 7-3. 3B Ridge Hoopi-Haslam was the star for Tennessee Wesleyan; he went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, four RBI, and three runs scored. In the first game against Missouri Baptist, Bulldogs starter Jake Collier had a shoutout going into the ninth inning, but gave up a two-run home run by pinch-hitter Timothy Cusick to send it into extra innings. RF Eli Roundtree hit an RBI single in the top of the tenth for the winning run. Story The defending champions led the second game 5-0 after three innings, but the Spartans put it away with a five-run sixth inning, led by a two-RBI single by 2B Aaron Collazo. Randy Wynne got the win in relief for the Spartans; he allowed only one hit over the final 5 1/3 innings, struck out five. The winning run in the third game game on a two-RBI double by SS Brent Zimmerman in the fourth inning. The Bulldogs visit Bethel Feb. 17, and host Judson Feb. 21-22 (video).

Missouri Baptist is now 9-0. The Spartans host the Clayton Pfeiffer Invitational Tournament Feb. 20-21, with Saint Francis (IN) and non-NAIA Morthland.

#2 Lewis-Clark State went 5-2 on their California tour, with wins over San Diego Christian, 9-4 and 7-6, #18 Concordia-Irvine 7-3, Cal State San Marcos 8-3, and non-NAIA Bethesda 7-5. They lost to Cal State San Marcos 10-3, and Concordia-Irvine 4-3. In the first game against San Diego Christian, the Warriors were held to one run over the first seven innings by Anthony Carrizosa, but erupted for seven runs in the top of the ninth off three different Hawks relievers. The Hawks had only five hits. Starter Ty Jackson went five innings, allowed three runs on two hits, struck out seven, got a no-decision. Nick Sagendorf got the win, pitched the final two innings, struck out four of the six batters he faced. The Warriors had a 6-0 lead in the second game after four innings, but the Hawks answered with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Warriors got the winning run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by C Julian Ramon. The Hawks made it a one-run game when 1B Luke Bando reached on an error, allowing pinch-runner Gordy Smith to score. However, they left the tying run on third, and the winning run on first. Story SS Max Whitt his a grand slam home run in the win over Concordia, and 1B Seth Brown also hit a home run. Beau Kerns pitched a complete nine-inning game in the win over Cal State San Marcos, and 3B Michael Sexton went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBI. 3B Robert Smith Jr. went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run and five RBI against Bethesda, and his two-RBI single in the top of the ninth provided the winning run.

Starter Addison Domingo got the win for Cal State San Marcos. He held the Warriors to one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings, struck out seven. DH L.A. Gamo batted in five of the Cougars' runs, went 2-for-3 and drew two walks. In the loss to Concordia, the Warriors out-hit the Eagles 10-4, but the Eagles got two runs on a home run by DH Dane Vande Guchte, and runs on an RBI single by CF Mitchell Esser and a sacrifice fly by C Neil Lawhorn. Starter Robbie Ingram got the win, allowed one earned run over seven innings.

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