Cody Faulkner, a sophomore LHP from Irving, TX, pitched the fourth no-hitter in the history of the National Championship tournament, and the first since 1992. He led Northwood (TX) to a 1-0 win in an elimination game over Sterling.
Faulkner threw 94 pitches. He walked two, and they were the only baserunners the Warriors had. One of them was taken out in a double play.
The only run of the game came in the top of the first inning. 3B Logan Brumley hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a walk, and moved to third on a bunt single by SS Elvin Rodriguez. He scored on a sacrifice fly by C Adam Humes.
Warriors ace Steven Cazares went the distance for the Warriors. He threw 131 pitches, and came close to matching Faulker's performance. He allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out six.
Box score and play-by-play
NAIA press release
In other action, York was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to Rogers State. #1 Faulkner won their opening game in another good pitching duel, 2-0 over Missouri Baptist. Johnny Shuttlesworth and Labradford Griffis combined for the shutout. Shuttlesworth got his 15th win of the year, went seven innings, allowed five hits, struck out four. C Zac Colby singled in both runs of the game in the seventh inning.
Lee defeated Lewis-Clark 14-11. Lee 1B Karsten Strieby hit a home run that cleared the center field fence.
Schedule for Monday, May 27 (all times PDT):
9 AM: Rogers State vs. Missouri Baptist (loser out)
noon: Northwood vs. Lewis-Clark State (loser out)
3 PM: The Master's vs. Faulkner
6:30 PM: Embry-Riddle vs. Lee
Schedule for the first two days of the 57th NAIA
Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, Harris
Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):
9 AM: #8 seed Sterling (48-12) vs. #9 Missouri Baptist (35-12)
(Sterling, KS) is making their first appearance at the Baseball
#15 in coaches' poll, #31 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #105
wins: Oklahoma City, Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1-1 vs.
Top position players: IF Joe Battaglia (.422, 10 HR,
63 RBI), IF Joe Williams (.395), OF Jared Forbush (.391)
pitchers: RHP Steven Cazares (9-1, 0.86 ERA), RHP Daniel
Cloteaux (10-3, 2.81 ERA, 70 K). Cazare's ERA is second-lowest in the
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, second season
Happy to be here.
Baptist (Saint Louis) is making their first appearance at the
Baseball National Championship.
#20 in coaches' poll, #23 in ISR. SoS: #56
2-1 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, including a 19-inning win in the
final of the Kingsport bracket. 1-1 vs. Cumberland, 1-1 vs. Lindsey
Top position players: IF Patrick Johnson (.387), OF
Ryan Gunhouse (.373, 7 HR, 40 RBI), IF Pier Olivier-Dostaler (.322,
34 RBI), IF Joseph Taylor (.241, 9 HR, 43 RBI). Olivier-Dostaler is
one of six Canadians on the Spartans' roster, and they also have two
Top pitchers: RHP Ethan Gibbons (10-0, 2.09
ERA, 85 K), RHP Julien Soucy (5-2, 1.90 ERA)
Uschold, 14th season
Outlook: The Spartans will go home
with a win.
Seven of the nine
Opening Round brackets were decided today, and two “if necessary”
games will be played on Monday, May 13.
was the first team to qualify
for this year's National Championship tournament. They won the
Oklahoma City bracket by defeating Oklahoma City 1-0
in the final. Steven Cazares pitched a three-hit shutout for the
Warriors. The only run of the game came on an RBI single by C Ian
Josh in the second inning.
Warriors got to the final by defeating Science and Arts of
Oklahoma 8-5, and Jamestown
13-3. DH Andrew Clark hit a
grand slam home run against USAO; Daniel Cloteaux got the win,
despite allowing 13 hits and walking four in six inning of work
The Warriors got six runs in the first inning against Jamestown, led
by a bases-loaded triple by 3B Anthony Feliciano. Feliciano, from
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, had a total of six RBI for the game. The
Warriors used four pitchers, gave up 14 hits (story).
This will be
Sterling's first-ever appearance in the National Championship
tournament. The school is located in Sterling, KS. It has 674
students, and supports 16 varsity sports.
NAIA baseball action during the past week.
#1 Tennessee Wesleyan defeated Georgia Gwinnett 2-1,
and won two of three against Saint Andrew's, 2-0, 6-5, and
2-3. The winning run against Georgia Gwinnett came on an RBI single
by SS Wes Minton in the bottom of the ninth. Corey Rhoney and Noah
Piard combined for the shutout in the first Saint Andrew's game;
Rhoney went eight innings, allowed four hits, struck out seven. In
the second game, the Knights out-hit the Bulldogs 12-7; the Bulldogs
scored all six of their runs in the first inning. CF Travis Burnside
hit a two-RBI single, then scored the winning run on a misplayed
ground ball. In the third game, the defending champions were held to
six hits by Joe McCarty and Evan Tucker. RF Michael Durig batted in
all three of the Knights' runs.
The Bulldogs are now 15-5. They visit Belhaven March 5-6, host
Milligan March 9-10, and host Ohio Christian March 11.
#2 LSU-Shreveport got an easy 15-5 mid-week win over
Division III Louisiana College, but was swept by Texas Wesleyan,
5-1, 12-8, and 6-5. Derek Vaughn got the win for the Rams in the
first game; he went six innings, allowed one run on two hits, struck
out four. Connor Zamora and Nolan Barbee kept the Pilots off the
board the rest of the way, and Zamora struck out three of the six
batters he faced. CF Trevor Moon singled in the winning run (story).
In the second game, the Rams scored ten runs in the second inning,
capped by a three-RBI double by SS David Kiriakos. The Pilots out-hit
the Rams 11-7 in the third game. They got within one run in the top
of the ninth, and had the go-ahead run on first with nobody out.
However, reliever Patrick Stanley got two strikeout and a fly out to
end the game and get a save (story).
Northwood (TX), who has
won seven straight, has the lead in the Red River Athletic
Conference. The Rams are two games back, and the Pilots are three
games back. The Pilots visit LSU-Alexandria March 5, and host
Huston-Tillotson March 8-9. Streaming
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.
Oklahoma City gets two shutouts, stays alive. Results from the fourth day of the NAIA Baseball Opening round:
At Oklahoma City, OK:
Oklahoma City 7, Sterling (KS) 0:
Ryan Gibson came close to duplicating Crabaugh's performance earlier in the day. He also allowed only four hits, walked one batter, struck out seven, threw 120 pitches. It was Gibson's fifth start of the season, and his first complete game. The Stars got the only run they needed in the first inning, on an RBI single by RF Dane Phillips. Phillips went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the game.
Oklahoma City 4, Lubbock Christian 0:
Cody Crabaugh pitched a complete-game shutout to end the Chaparrals' season. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out five, threw only 98 pitches. CF Cody Ferrell singled in the winning run in the second inning. The next batter, 2B Brian Fisher, put down a squeeze bunt to bring in the insurance run. C Chad Carman went 3-for-5 with a home run and an RBI.
The Stars and Warriors play the "if necessary" game on Monday at noon CDT. Live video (for a fee) and live audio (free) are available here.
Story from Oklahoma City site: OCU knocks off Lubbock Christian, Sterling