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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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National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Monday, 23 May 2016

Schedule for the first two days of the 60th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 27-28, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

9 AM: #7 seed Sterling (48-14) vs. #10 Point (33-25)

Sterling (Sterling, KS) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. Their previous appearance was in 2013, and they went 0-2. They won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Nickname: Warriors
Rankings: #9 in coaches' poll, #21 in ISR. Strength of schedule: #14
Quality wins: 2-1 vs. Missouri Baptist, 5-2 vs. York
Top position players: 1B Andrew Dorado (.417, 15 HR, 53 RBI), 2B Beau Kallas (.415, 18 HR, 66 RBI), RF Kendall Radcliffe (.376, 19 HR, 64 RBI). Radcliffe was tied for seventh in the NAIA in home runs. Kallas was tied for ninth in home runs.
Top pitchers: LHP Kade Wagner (11-2, 1.53 ERA, 79 K), LHP Brad Williams (from Perth, Australia; 10-3, 2.09 ERA, 115 K), RHP Ryan Pope (3-1, 2.14 ERA, 59 K, 15 saves). Wagner has the sixth-lowest ERA in the NAIA.
Coach: Adrian Dinkel, fifth season
Outlook: The Warriors will win a game.

Point (West Point, GA) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship.
Nickname: Skyhawks
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #33 in ISR. SoS: #11
Quality wins: Faulkner, 4-1 vs. Bryan, South Carolina-Beaufort, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville
Top position players: 3B Omar Smith (.341), C Juan Reyes (from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; .336, 7 HR, 25 RBI), CF Riliani Familia (also from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; .322, 10 HR, 44 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Payne Kosobucki (7-1, 2.39 ERA, 70 K), RHP Josh Nestlehutt (8-6, 3.14 ERA, 89 K), RHP Dylan Griffin (9-2, 4.09 ERA, 115 K)
Coach: Jeremy Christian, second season
Outlook: The Skyhawks did well to get this far, but they're in tough 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 March 15

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 15 March 2016

NAIA coaches' poll for March 15, 2016. Recaps below.

RANK

PRVS

SCHOOL

RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

3

Faulkner (AL)

20-4

488

2

1

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

16-2

451

3

8

Georgia Gwinnett

25-1

443

4

13

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

20-5

442

5

12

Bellevue (NE)

17-4

426

6

16

Westmont (CA.)

19-3

388

7

NR

USC Beaufort (SC)

24-3

368

8

7

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

19-7

362

9

NR

MidAmerica Nazarene (KS)

15-1

340

10

NR

Jamestown (ND)

23-0

318

11

15

Keiser (FL)

20-7

317

12

14

Tennessee Wesleyan

14-7

287

13

4

Tabor (KS)

15-8

279

14

18

Freed-Hardeman (TN)

16-5

272

15

5

Oklahoma City

17-8

270

16

NR

Bethel (TN)

17-3

253

17

11

LSU Shreveport (LA)

16-5

245

18

22

Vanguard (CA)

19-6

211

19

9

Oklahoma Wesleyan

16-7

201

20

21

Missouri Baptist

16-6

142

21

20

Sterling (KS)

17-6

136

22

6

Davenport (MI)

11-7

126

23

23

Bryan (TN)

17-7

124

24

NR

Science & Arts (OK)

20-5

113

25

NR

Menlo (CA)

21-8

488

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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 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 14

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 14 April 2015

NAIA coaches' poll for April 14, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

8

1

Faulkner (AL)

38-8

589

2

5

2

Davenport (MI)

36-3

563

3

9

3

Northwood (FL)

37-8

558

4

19

4

Oklahoma City

30-9

512

5

1

6

The Master's (CA)

37-7

508

6

30

5

Georgia Gwinnett

37-8

496

7

3

7

Oklahoma Baptist

39-4

484

8

10

8

Oklahoma Wesleyan

37-8

465

9

11

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

33-9

436

10

14

8

Tabor (KS)

38-8

428

11

22

11

Missouri Baptist

30-6

403

12

16

14

Auburn Montgomery (AL)

32-12

382

13

6

12

Westmont (CA)

33-10

354

14

35

15

LSU Shreveport (LA)

32-10

327

15

12

16

Campbellsville (KY)

22-6

310

16

17

17

Embry-Riddle (FL)

30-13

301

17

13

13

Bellevue (NE)

33-10

295

18

2

19

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

31-10

275

19

4

18

Concordia (CA)

36-11

274

20

31

20

Sterling (KS)

33-11

226

21

33

21

Point Park (PA)

29-6

204

22

28

23

St. Thomas (FL)

34-12

197

23

23

24

Northwestern Ohio

32-8

173

24

15

RV

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

22-6

130

25

37

22

Mobile (AL)

30-14

120

9

 

 

British Columbia

24-11

 

18

 

 

Vanguard (CA)

34-13

 

20

 

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

22-19

 

21

 

 

York (NE)

32-14

 

24

 

 

Bryan (TN)

35-13

 

25

 

 

Cal State San Marcos

33-12

 

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Top 25 and recap for April 7

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, 07 April 2015

NAIA coaches' poll for April 7, 2015, with Boyd Nation's ISR. Recaps below.

RANK

ISR

PRVS

SCHOOL

2015
RECORD

TOTAL
POINTS

1

10

1

Faulkner (AL)

35-7

559

2

4

3

Davenport (MI)

31-2

538

3

5

4

Northwood (FL)

34-7

520

4

18

5

Oklahoma City

30-8

496

5

26

6

Georgia Gwinnett

35-7

488

6

1

9

The Master's (CA)

34-7

469

7

3

8

Oklahoma Baptist

33-4

467

T8

16

10

Oklahoma Wesleyan

32-7

423

T8

13

2

Tabor (KS)

34-7

423

10

12

10

Tennessee Wesleyan

29-8

394

11

24

7

Missouri Baptist

27-6

367

12

6

12

Westmont (CA)

31-8

365

13

9

14

Bellevue (NE)

31-7

356

14

15

15

Auburn-Montgomery (AL)

29-11

336

15

40

T16

LSU Shreveport (LA)

27-9

283

16

11

18

Campbellsville (KY)

20-5

282

17

17

19

Embry-Riddle (FL)

27-13

261

18

8

T16

Concordia-Irvine (CA)

33-11

251

19

2

13

Lewis-Clark State (ID)

27-9

240

20

25

24

Sterling (KS)

28-11

215

21

38

21

Point Park (PA)

24-5

208

22

30

22

Mobile (AL)

28-11

197

23

33

20

St. Thomas (FL.)

30-12

157

24

23

23

Northwestern Ohio

27-7

145

25

37

RV

Peru State (NE)

25-8

108

 

7

 

British Columbia

21-10

 

 

14

 

Concordia-Portland (OR)

18-10

 

 

19

 

Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH)

17-6

 

 

20

 

Vanguard (CA)

31-12

 

 

21

 

York (NE)

29-14

 

 

22

 

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

26-14

 

 

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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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