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NAIA highlights for Feb. 12-18

Summary of results for the top NAIA baseball teams:

Lubbock Christian defeated Hardin-Simmons onTuesday, running their record to 10-1. The scheduled series with Division I Houston Baptist was cancelled due to weather. The Chaparrals host Cumberland for four games this weekend.

Oklahoma City swept three games with Oklahoma Christian, and their record is now 9-0. They play Rogers State this week.

Justin Marsh-QuinlanLewis-Clark State won three of four in a tournament they hosted. They defeated College of Idaho 8-3, Whitworth 7-0, Mayville State 6-4, the lost to College of Idaho 3-2 (10 innings). The victory over Whitworth avenged a loss a week earlier, and Michael Guerrero, Brian Bird, and Matt Stabelfeld combined for the shutout, striking out 13. The College of Idaho got their first win over their in-state rival since 2005 without getting an earned run. In the top of the tenth, Perry Hamilton hit a fly ball that was dropped by Warrior outfielder Chris Valencia. Hamilton went to third on a hit by Luke Howarth, then scored when the Warriors failed to complete a double play on a slow roller hit by pinch-hitter Jordan Lanman. Justin Marsh-Quinlan, who was stellar in relief, struck out two in the bottom of the tenth to preserve his first win as a Coyote. Marsh-Quinlan is a transfer from Olympic CC.

The Warriors are now 6-2. They host another tournament this weekend, with U. of British Columbia and three Division II teams, Western Oregon, Saint Martin’s, and Montana State-Billings.

Bellevue scored 40 runs in sweeping three games against Sterling. The Bruins are now 3-4. They play Friends and Briar Cliff next weekend.

Brice CuspecAzusa Pacific got four wins last week. They defeated Cal State-LA (Division II) 15-2 and The Master’s (a team that’s playing well) 6-5. They swept a double-header against Concordia-Irvine, 14-7 and 7-6. The Cougars are 10-1. Brice Cutspec is hitting .524 with three home runs. The Cougars have a re-match with The Master’s on Thursday, and play San Diego Christian on Saturday.

Spring Arbor starts their season in Campbellsville, KY on Friday. They play Walsh and Campbellsville. On Saturday, they play Siena Heights and Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, KY.

Cal Baptist lost to San Diego Christian 10-7, defeated Cal State-San Marcos 4-3, and split a double-header at Westmont, winning 5-0 and losing 3-2. The second game was a scheduled seven-inning contest that took nine innings to decide. Steve Goins pitched a nine-inning shutout in the win. He allowed four hits while striking out 10, and retired 11 straight batters at one point. The Westmont win was scoreless for the first eight innings, and both starters (Cory Allen for the Lancers, and Erik Gaustad for Westmont) were gone when the Lancers got two runs in the top of the ninth, and Westmont scored three in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Allen allowed only four hits in eight innings, struck out nine.

The Lancers are 10-5, but a dismal 1-4 in Golden State Athletic Conference play. They play Cal State-San Marcos, San Diego Christian, and Vanguard this week.

Cumberland got six wins this week, one over Missouri Baptist, three over Missouri Valley, and two over Indiana Tech. Their record is now 8-2.The Bulldogs travel to Texas Wesleyan on Thursday, and Lubbock Christian on Friday and Saturday.

Jordan RobertsEmbry-Riddle defeated Southeastern, then lost two of three at Edward Waters. The Eagles are 7-5, and Jordan Roberts is 3-0, 0.00 ERA. The Eagles host Savannah College of Art and Design this weekend.

Lee won two games against Montreat and four against U. of Rio Grande, to run their record to 13-1. They play a game at Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday, and three games at Brewton-Parker on Friday and Saturday.

  • How about Savannah Art and Design who is 13-2?

    Thanks for the thoughts on NAIA.

  • SCAD sent Ryan Pope to the Yankees last year (third round draft pick). They were 26-27 last year, so my assumption was, take away Pope’s nine wins, and there isn’t much left.

    That assumption appears to have been wrong. They just won two of three against a St. Thomas team that went to the National Championship Tournament last year.

    The numbers for their pitchers look really good: Jeff Mullikin, 3-0, 0.50 ERA
    Adam Miller, 2-1, 0.96 ERA
    Eddie Anderson, 3-1, 1.23 ERA
    Richard Sullivan, 3-1, 1.50 ERA, 32 strikeouts

    Miller is a freshman.

    So, it says above that they play Embry-Riddle this weekend. Should be a good test for both teams. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Embry-Riddle is doing a video webcast for it.

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