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NAIA top 25 and recap for March 17

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for March 17, 2009, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. Comments below:






1 1 2 Oklahoma City 622
2 2 8 Lee 598
3 3 4 Point Loma Nazarene 569
4 4 Spring Arbor 543
5 9 5 Lubbock Christian 529
6 10 6 LSU-Shreveport 524
7 8 10 Azusa Pacific 495
8 5 26 Union (KY) 486
9 11 1 Southern Polytechnic 479
10 7 15 Lewis-Clark State 397
11 13 30 Embry-Riddle 391
12 RV 3 Campbellsville 387
13 6 33 Bellevue 362
14 24 7 British Columbia 357
15 19 11 The Master’s 309
16 14 48 Texas Wesleyan 293
17 RV 23 Southern Nazarene 276
18 RV 13 Madonna 225
19 RV 14 Northwood (FL) 209
20 23 28 Montreat 201
21 RV 16 Berry 192
22 RV 9 Lindenwood 160
23 12 17 Fresno Pacific 150
T24 25 44 Park 129
T24 NR Robert Morris 129
12 Auburn-Montgomery
18 Wayland Baptist
19 King
20 William Penn
21 Oklahoma Baptist
22 William Carey
24 Trevecca Nazarene
25 Tennessee Wesleyan

Oklahoma City received all 22 first-place votes.

Brent Weaver

Brent Weaver

#1 Oklahoma City swept a three-game series against Wayland Baptist. The first two games were not close, but the Stars needed a home run in the top of the ninth inning by Brent Weaver to win the third game 6-5. It was Weaver’s 18th home run, and he leads the NAIA in home runs. He is batting .415, and has 47 RBI. The Stars are now 25-1. The Stars now host a showdown with #5 Lubbock Christian March 20-21. They host Northwood (TX) March 24.

Tim Dunn

Tim Dunn

#2 Lee split with Faulkner, losing 7-4, and winning 4-2. They split another double-header with Trevecca Nazarene, losing 4-0, and winning 7-6. In the first game, Ben Johnson and Tim Dunn combined to hold the Flames to one hit. Johnson is 3-0, 3.81 ERA, and Dunn is 6-0, 1.96 ERA. The Flames are now 25-4. They host Berry March 20-21.

#3 Point Loma Nazarene took over sole possession of first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference by sweeping #15 The Master’s 5-3 and 6-5 (10 innings, schedule for 7). Kurt Steinhauer singled in the winning run in the second game, and hit a two-run home run (his seventh) in the first game. Steinhauer is batting .405. The Sea Lions then defeated Cal State San Marcos 6-5, making their record 18-5. They travel to Vanguard March 19, and visit #7 Azusa Pacific for a key matchup on March 21.

#4 Spring Arbor started their season 4-1, and the loss was 10-0 to Warner. They play Mount Vernon Nazarene in Auburndale, FL on March 19, and have their home opener March 24 against Saint Francis.

#5 Lubbock Christian won two of three against #17 Southern Nazarene, and swept a double-header against #16 Texas Wesleyan. They then swept C. Of Santa Fe, and the score of the second game was 25-0. The Chaparrals are now 24-2. They host #1 Oklahoma City March 20-21, and play crosstown Texas Tech March 23.

#6 LSU-Shreveport swept a double-header U. Of Mobile. John James ran his record to 8-0, 4.70 ERA in the first game. Chase Wentz hit his eighth home run of the season to win the second game. The Pilots are 26-3. They visit LSU-Alexandria on March 21.

#7 Azusa Pacific defeated Cal Baptist, and split with Biola. The Cougars are 22-4. They visit Cal Baptist on March 19, and will attempt to re-take first place in the GSAC when they host Point Loma Nazarene on March 21.

#8 Union (KY) split a double-header with Asbury, and won in straight sets against Bryan, 6-0 and 6-1. The 18-3-1 Bulldogs visit U. Of the Cumberlands March 18, and host Tennessee Wesleyan March 21-22.

Drew Saberhagen

Drew Saberhagen

#9 Southern Polytechnic is ranked #1 in Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating (ISR), and is #2 in strength of schedule. (Oklahoma City is #46 in strength of schedule, Point Loma Nazarene is #20.) The Hornets swept three games against Southern Wesleyan, bringing their record to 20-3. Their roster includes LHP Drew Saberhagen, son of Royals, Mets, and Red Sox star Bret Saberhagen. Drew is 3-0, 3.50 ERA. The Hornets visit Shorter March 20-21.

#10 Lewis-Clark State won two of three at in-state rival College of Idaho. College of Idaho’s 3-2 win was the first appearance of the season for Jason Barry of Castlegar, BC, and he pitched a complete seven-inning game, holding the Warriors to three hits. The defending champions have a break until March 24, when they host Whitworth.

  • Lubbock Christian SWEPT a double-header with Oklahoma City today. Great performance by Rene Garcia of the Chaparrals in the second game; went the 7-inning distance, three hits, 5 K.

    And about that 25-0 drubbing of College of Santa Fe that I mentioned; the Chaps hit six home runs in one inning.

  • Oklahoma City salvaged the third game of the series with Lubbock Christian. This leaves the Stars and Chaps tied for the lead of the Sooner Athletic Conference.

    Point Loma Nazarene and Azusa Pacific split. The Master’s was swept by Vanguard, so the end result is, Point Loma has sole possession of first place in the GSAC.

    British Columbia and College of Idaho split. This leaves them tied for first place in the Northern division of the NAIA West. They play two more tomorrow.

    Two heads-ups: Jamestown plays D-I North Dakota on Sunday. Lubbock Christian is scheduled to play cross-town Texas Tech on Monday. Should be a good one. According to Texas Tech’s web site, , there will be a video webcast of the game, for a price.

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