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National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 17 May 2015

Schedule for the first two days of the 59th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 22-23, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

9 AM: #7 seed Lindsey Wilson (41-17) vs. #10 Vanguard (38-20)

Lindsey Wilson (Columbia, KY) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Blue Raiders
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Auburn-Montgomery, 1-1 vs. Faulkner, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville, 2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan
Top position players: RF Alex Bautista (.383, 19 HR, 72 RBI), 3B Ryan Harper (.400). Bautista's 72 RBI is fourth-best in the NAIA.
Top pitchers: LHP Scott Sebald (10-3, 1.07 ERA), LHP Ryan Hartman (10-2, 2.04 ERA, 103 K)
Coach: Jonathan Burton, fourth season
Outlook: Happy to be here.

Vanguard (Costa Mesa, CA) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship; the first one was in 1985.
Nickname: Lions
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #16 in ISR. SoS: #12
Quality wins: 4-2 vs. Westmont, British Columbia, Northwestern Ohio
Top position players: OF Brandon Sandoval (.291, 36 stolen bases), SS Jose Rojas (.333, 12 HR, 57 RBI), OF Paul Keating (.330)
Top pitchers: RHP Sean Isaac (9-5, 2.91 ERA, 92 K), RHP Scott Torrey (6-1, 3.07 ERA)
Coach: Rob Pegg, third season
Outlook: The Lions play in the very competitive Golden State Athletic Conference, and got to the National Championship by winning the toughest Opening Round bracket. They should do better than their #10 seeding, but won't be championship contenders.

Noon: #8 Concordia-Irvine (47-16) vs. #9 Saint Thomas (44-16)

Concordia-Irvine (CA) is making their third appearance at the Baseball National Championship. (It will be their final appearance; they are moving to Division II next year.) They won the championship in 2011.
Nickname: Eagles
Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #2 in ISR. SoS: #3 (highest in tournament)
Quality wins: 1-1 vs. Oklahoma City, 1-1 vs. Lewis-Clark State, 6-1 vs. Vanguard
Top position players: SS Ryan Goodman (.314), OF Robert Shiroky (.292), OF Mitchell Esser (.312, 52 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Tyler Mark (5-1, 1.30 ERA, 64 K), RHP Dillon Moran (9-4, 3.63 ERA, 64 K), RHP Isaiah Terrazas (6-2, 2.61 ERA). Mark has 23 saves, the most in the NAIA.
Coach: Mike Grahovac, seventh season
Outlook: The Eagles won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament, and split with #1 Oklahoma City in the Opening Round to make it here. They should be a contender for the championship.

Saint Thomas (Miami Gardens, FL) is making their fifth appearance at the Baseball National Championship; the last one was in 2007.
Nickname: Bobcats
Rankings: #20 in coaches' poll, #22 in ISR. SoS: #25
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Northwood, 2-1 vs. Georgia Gwinnett, Westmont
Top position players: 1B Eric Santamaria (.374, 53 RBI), 3B Paul Chacin (Maracuabo, Venezuela; .335, 69 RBI), LF Jerry Downs (.348, 7 HR, 51 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Marcos Barrios (9-2, 3.63 ERA, 78 K), RHP Alex Hernandez (3-1, 2.93 ERA, 43 K). RHP Chris Rodriguez (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 26 K, 12 saves)
Coach: Jorge Perez, sixth season
Outlook: The Bobcats are happy to be here.

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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 21

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 21 April 2015

NAIA coaches' poll for April 21, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

15

1

Faulkner (AL)

40-10

567

2

31

6

Georgia Gwinnett

41-8

565

3

21

4

Oklahoma City

34-10

548

4

5

7

Oklahoma Baptist

42-4

517

5

10

3

Northwood (FL)

39-10

514

6

14

8

Oklahoma Wesleyan

40-9

499

7

11

2

Davenport (MI)

39-6

483

T8

1

5

The Master's (CA)

38-9

462

T8

8

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

34-9

462

10

13

10

Tabor (KS)

38-8

431

11

4

13

Westmont (CA)

35-11

397

12

39

14

LSU Shreveport (LA)

37-11

362

13

2

18

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

36-10

350

14

16

15

Campbellsville (KY)

25-7

337

15

18

12

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

33-14

322

16

22

23

Northwestern Ohio

35-9

291

17

12

17

Bellevue (NE)

34-11

286

18

19

16

Embry-Riddle (FL)

31-15

266

19

3

19

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

39-12

261

20

27

20

Sterling (KS)

36-11

251

21

26

22

St. Thomas (FL)

37-13

226

22

33

RV

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

30-11

183

23

17

24

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

27-7

145

24

43

21

Point Park (PA)

31-10

114

25

38

NR

William Woods (MO)

31-9

106

 

6

 

British Columbia

27-12

 

 

7

 

Vanguard (CA)

35-15

 

 

9

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

26-20

 

 

20

 

York (NE)

37-15

 

 

23

 

Missouri Baptist

33-8

 

 

24

 

Bryan (TN)

39-15

 

 

25

 

Lyon (AR)

27-9

 

 

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Top 25 and recap for April 16

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The NAIA Coaches' poll for April 16, with Boyd Nation's ISR ranking. Recap below the fold.

RANK

ISR

LAST
WEEK

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

8

2

Oklahoma City

37-8

586

2

5

1

Lee (N)

36-9

571

3

13

4

Northwood (TX)

35-8

546

4

7

3

Faulkner (AL)

38-10

539

5

1

7

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

34-9

503

T6

18

10

Bellevue (NE)

33-6-1

464

T6

33

5

Lubbock Christian (TX)

32-13

464

8

17

8

Embry-Riddle (FL)

34-12

455

9

4

6

The Master’s (CA)

32-14

442

10

15

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

34-14

412

11

3

11

Cal State San Marcos

29-7

405

12

11

12

Cumberland (TN)

33-14-1

393

13

2

13

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

30-14

364

14

14

14

York (NE)

34-9

358

15

43

15

Rogers State (OK)

29-12

313

16

40

17

Lyon (AR)

38-9

304

17

44

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

35-6-1

286

18

19

16

William Carey (MS)

31-15

250

19

26

20

Oklahoma Baptist

32-13

238

20

37

21

Sterling (KS)

37-9

229

21

20

22

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

34-15

196

22

27

23

Missouri Baptist

28-8

188

23

36

19

St. Thomas (FF)

31-15

179

24

49

24

Bacone (OK)

31-11

171

25

31

25

Texas Wesleyan

34-12

125


6


San Diego Christian (CA)

29-15



9


Arizona Christian

23-17



10


Menlo (CA)

27-16



12


Westmont (CA)

22-22



16


Biola (CA)

25-20



21


Georgetown C. (KY)

28-14



22


Science and Arts of Oklahoma

33-14



23


Vanguard (CA)

18-25



24


British Columbia

20-13



25


Southern Polytechnic (GA)

29-16


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Recap for March 19

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 19 March 2013

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

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 March 23.

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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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