2018 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2018 Major league Baseball draft:

Position Player School Round Overall MLB team Story
C Elih Marrero Saint Thomas 8 250 Red Sox story
RHS Ben Madison Central Baptist 9 256 Giants story
RHS Alex DuBord Faulkner 10 286 Giants story
RHS Shawn Dubin Georgetown C. 13 402 Astros story
RF Marvin Malone Southeastern 16 480 Rays story
C Lane Milligan Oklahoma City 17 520 Red Sox story
RHR Eddie Jimenez Southeastern 18 550 Red Sox  
RHR Angel Reyes Science and Arts of Oklahoma 19 555 Tigers story
RHS Stephen Yancey Texas Wesleyan 20 600 Rays  
3B Mitch Robinson British Columbia 21 637 Yankees story
RHP Gage Burland Lewis-Clark State 22 656 Blue Jays story
LHP Jonathan Bermudez Southeastern 23 702 Astros  
OF Preston White The Master's 24 706 Giants story
C Rusber Estrada Faulkner 24 712 Braves  
RHP Miguel Figueroa Oklahoma City 24 732 Astros  
RHS Kris Jackson Corban 28 850 Red Sox story
C Nelson Mompierre Saint Thomas 29 860 Mets  
LHP Andrew Shaps William Jessup 31 944 Dodgers story
3B Joe Gillette Menlo 36 1089 Diamondbacks  
LF Matthew Jarecki Benedictine (KS) 37 1095 Tigers  
RHR Alex Camacho Vanguard 37 1102 Braves  
RHS Bobby Milacki Arizona Christian 38 1151 Nationals  
C Kevynn Arias Montreat 40 1185 Tigers  
RHS Brian Metoyer LSU-Alexandria 40 1190 Mets  
RHP Cole Uvila Georgia Gwinnett 40 1199 Rangers  
RF Andrew Warner Columbia C. 40 1203 Cardinals  

 

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National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 20 May 2018

Schedule for the first two days of the 62nd NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 25-June 1, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #8 seed Antelope Valley (44-12-1) vs. #9 Reinhardt (41-18)

Antelope Valley (Lancaster, CA) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship, in only the third season of their program. They won both the regular season and tournament championships of the California Pacific Conference.
Nickname: Pioneers
Rankings: #17 in coaches' poll, #29 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #93
Quality wins: 2-2 vs. Lewis-Clark State, Middle Georgia State, 2-1 vs. William Jessup
Top position players: IF Michael Pereznegron (.398), IF Tyler Pittmon (.376, 9 HR, 64 RBI), OF Adam Maciel (.410, 57 RBI), C/1B Nathaniel Broaddus (.318, 8 HR, 42 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Clayton Rabiej (11-0, 3.28 ERA, 93 K), RHP Jacob Castillo (11-0, 4.75 ERA), RHP Jesse Garcia (7-4, 5.30 ERA, 77 K), LHP Chris Gutierrez (3-0, 2.61 ERA)
Coach: Jacob Garsez, third season
Outlook: The Pioneers should win this one, but if they do, Saturday night's game against Faulkner will be a challenge.

Reinhardt (Waleska, GA) is one of five teams making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship. The Eagles and Freed-Hardeman are tied for fourth in the NAIA in team fielding, with a .971 average.
Nickname: Eagles
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #14 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #24
Quality wins: 1-1 vs. Middle Georgia State, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville
Top position players: OF Kaleb Swayze (.356, 10 HR, 45 RBI), 1B Sherman Graves (.316, 10 HR, 55 RBI), IF Jacob Cagle (.256, 12 HR, 49 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Heriberto Casasola (Panama City, Panama; 6-2, 2.25 ERA, 48 K), RHP Dylan Powers (11-3, 2.62 ERA), 80 K), RHP Jason Gifford (9-3, 3.32 ERA, 85 K)
Coach: John Harris, first season
Outlook: The Eagles are happy to be here.

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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 5

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 05 April 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for April 5, 2016, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

1

1

Georgia Gwinnett

38-1

498

2

5

2

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

30-5

481

3

9

4

Bellevue (NE)

27-5

458

4

2

3

Faulkner (AL)

30-9

446

5

6

6

USC Beaufort (SC)

31-5

429

6

4

5

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

29-9

418

7

8

7

Westmont (CA)

27-7

407

8

3

9

Tennessee Wesleyan

25-9

374

9

11

12

Missouri Baptist

29-6

373

10

17

8

Jamestown (ND)

34-2

372

11

25

11

Tabor (KS)

28-11

312

12

36

13

Oklahoma City

28-11

295

13

16

15

Vanguard (CA)

26-9-1

293

14

37

17

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

27-9

275

15

10

20

Bryan (TN)

28-9

271

16

29

14

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

24-7

267

17

12

18

Middle Georgia State

29-11

260

18

28

16

York (NE)

26-9

235

19

7

19

Keiser (FL)

27-11

220

20

20

22

Davenport (MI)

22-7

189

21

26

RV

Campbellsville (KY.)

22-11

162

22

38

25

Wayland Baptist (TX)

32-9

154

23

31

21

Sterling (KS)

26-11

135

24

15

10

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

26-14

127

25

13

24

St. Thomas (FL)

25-13

98

 

14

 

William Carey (MS)

25-11

 

 

18

 

Menlo (CA)

25-14

 

 

19

 

Madonna (MI)

17-13

 

 

21

 

Science and Arts of Oklahoma

25-10

 

 

22

23

Indiana Tech

20-5

 

 

23

 

Southeastern (FL)

25-15

 

 

24

 

The Master's (CA)

24-12

 

 

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Interview with Saint Thomas Coach Jorge Perez

Written by Administrator - Thursday, 05 November 2015

Jorge Perez is the Head Coach of the Saint Thomas University Bobcats. The Bobcats were runners-up at the NAIA Baseball National Champiosnip last season, and Perez was selected ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach of the Year. His record at Saint Thomas over seven seasons is 240-172.

Bob Broughton, courtesyrunner.com: In the final game of the National Championship tournament last Spring, you led Lewis-Clark State 7-1 after five innings, and 7-4 after seven innings. What was going through the minds of you and your players at that stage of the game?

Jorge Perez: We did not get caught up in the score of the game.  We were living in the moment and thinking pitch-by-pitch.

BB: But you got two big wins in the tournament over Oklahoma Baptist and Faulkner. Tell us about them.

JP: We felt good vs. Oklahoma Baptist. We led the entire game and played very well. Faulkner’s game was a true indication of the character of this team. We played the entire 27 outs.

BB: And on the way, you got a shutout against a good Westmont team.

JP: Our ace Marcos Barrios pitched great and we got several clutch hits when we needed them.


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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