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The Jarvis Christian Bulldogs (6-4) and the Tabor Bluejays (2-1, ranked #10 pre-season) split two seven-inning games. The Bulldogs won the first game 9-7, and the Bluejays won the nightcap 6-3.

First game: The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. RF Christopher White got it started with a one-out single. 2B Alex Garcia walked, then CF DeAndre McGuire laid down a good bunt. So good that Tabor 3B Kyle James had to rush the throw to first. It was off-target, and the result was, McGuire got two RBI on the bunt. McGuire then scored The next batter, 1B Carlos Andrade, walked. DH C.J. Tyler hit an infield single, then LF Spencer Thomas hit a three-run home run.

The Bluejays got two back in the top of the fourth, on RBI singles by DH Blake Standiford and James. C Braxon Byfield hit a sacrifice fly on a good turn at bat in the top of the fifth. The Bulldogs got a run in the bottom of the first when McGuire singled, then scored when a fly ball hit by Thomas was dropped. That made the score 7-3 for the Bulldogs.

The Bluejays tied it in the top of the sixth. 1B Colton Flax hit a leadoff double, and scored when CF Brent McClure hit another double. McClure scored on a single by James. James stole second, then scored on a single by SS Abdiel Alicea (San Juan, Puerto Rico). He scored on a single by RF Jordan Harris, on a good at-bat.

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Tabor 7, Wiley 3

Written by Administrator - Wednesday, 08 February 2017

The Tabor Bluejays (ranked #10 pre-season) got a win in their season opener, and the Wiley Wildcats are still looking for their first win. This was the Wildcats’ home opener.

The Wildcats had a chance. They took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth (of a seven-inning game) when Jerry Johnson, pinch-running for 3B Ruben Hancock, scored on a squeeze bunt by SS Trevor Spear. Hancock opened the inning with a double. A failed bunt attempt left him at second. He went to third on a single by 2B James Richey, and was replaced by Johnson. The inning ended when C Oswaldo Palacios grounded out, stranding runners at second and third.

The wheels came off in the top of the sixth. The Wildcats brought in reliever RHP Tre’von Thomas. He walked the first batter he faced, SS Abdiel Alicea (San Juan, Puerto Rico). The next batter flied out, then a pickoff throw from the catcher to first base went over the head of the first baseman, and nearly all the way to the right field fence. Alicea scored all the way from first, tieing the game 3-3. C Braxton Byfield, who was at bat, doubled, and was replaced by courtesy runner Kyle James, who went to third on a bad pickoff attempt by Thomas. James scored on a single by 2B Jacob Jones, giving the Bluejays a 4-3 lead. Jones ended up going to third on a passed ball, then scored when a ground ball by CF Brent McClure was bobbled by the shortstop. The inning ended with the score 5-3, and the Bluejays added two more runs in the top of the seventh, when Alicea scored on a wild pitch, and 1B Colton Flax hit an RBI double.

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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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Top 25 and recap for March 31

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 31 March 2015

NAIA coaches' poll for March 31, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

6

2

Faulkner (AL)

32-6

590

2

12

4

Tabor (KS)

32-4

559

3

8

6

Davenport (MI)

25-2

530

4

5

7

Northwood (FL)

31-7

513

5

19

11

Oklahoma City

27-7

501

6

36

5

Georgia Gwinnett

30-6

494

7

23

3

Missouri Baptist

24-4

490

8

11

1

Oklahoma Baptist

30-2

477

9

2

8

The Master's (CA)

31-7

476

T10

26

11

Oklahoma Wesleyan

27-7

393

T10

14

13

Tennessee Wesleyan

25-8

393

12

10

12

Westmont (CA)

28-8

387

13

1

14

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

23-7

359

14

9

15

Bellevue (NE)

26-7

327

15

16

16

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

26-10

310

T16

3

17

Concordia (CA)

30-9

300

T16

49

8

LSU Shreveport (LA)

23-8

300

18

7

19

Campbellsville (KY)

17-4

286

19

15

18

Embry-Riddle (FL)

24-13

263

20

25

20

St. Thomas (FL)

25-10

214

21

35

23

Point Park (PA)

20-5

200

22

38

22

Mobile (AL)

25-10

187

23

22

25

Northwestern Ohio

22-6

174

24

37

21

Sterling (KS)

25-10

133

25

55

24

Union (KY)

21-7

94

 

4

 

British Columbia

19-8

 

 

13

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

15-17

 

 

17

 

Vanguard (CA)

28-12

 

 

18

 

Bryan (TN)

30-9

 

 

20

 

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

12-6

 

 

21

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

24-12

 

 

24

 

York (NE)

22-13

 

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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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National Championship, day 3

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Memorial Day prime-time game was a ten-inning barn burner. Cumberland's starter was pulled after giving up three runs and not recording an out. Clint Meadows took over, and made a ten-inning relief appearance, allowed four runs on nine hits. Richie Seaton singled in the winning run with two out in the bottom of the tenth. Story by Brian Adamowsky: Cumberland Continues Magical Run with Walk-Off Win

Top seed Oklahoma Baptist dodged a bullet. They gave up two runs in the first, and left the bases loaded. They held defending champion Faulkner off the scoreboard the rest of the way, but didn't put the game away until they scored five runs in the eighth inning. The Bison play Cumberland in a matchup of unbeaten teams at 6:30 PM PDT.

Lewis-Clark State stayed in the tournament with a 9-1 win over Southern Polytechnic, in a game that was close until the eighth inning. The Warriors play Faulkner in a loser-out game at noon PDT.

Tabor stayed in the tournament with another one-run win, 6-5 over Georgia Gwinnett. The Bluejays came up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to do it. They tied it with an RBI double by Grant Silva. Silva stole third, then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Seeger. The Bluejays were out-hit 13-6. They play Oklahoma Wesleyan in a loser-out game at 3 PM.

Dakstats page with results, box scores

NAIA Schedule and Results page with links to recaps

Live video from nmnathletics

Live radio from KOZE

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Of the eight games played so far, four of them were decided by one run. Cumberland got two big wins. The fans saw excellent pitching performances by Julian Merryweather of Oklahoma Baptist and Anthony Gomez of Cumberland. Saturday night's game drew 4,175. Unless you're a fan of San Diego Christian or Georgetown College, this tournament is going well.

Dakstats page with results, box scores

NAIA Schedule and Results page with links to recaps

Live video from nmnathletics

Live radio from KOZE

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