NAIA top 25 and recap for April 14

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 14, 2009, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. Comments below:

RANK LAST
WEEK
ISR SCHOOL 2009
RECORD
TOTAL
POINTS
1 1 1 Lubbock Christian 36-4 622
2 2 4 Oklahoma City 40-5 597
3 3 3 Southern Polytechnic 37-5 581
4 4 2 Point Loma Nazarene 29-9 562
5 5 18 Union (KY) 32-5 546
6 6 7 Lewis-Clark State 25-8 508
7 10 6 British Columbia 27-7 473
8 16 8 Fresno Pacific 27-12 452
9 11 12 Berry 32-10 438
10 9 5 Campbellsville 29-7 422
11 15 15 Embry-Riddle 32-12 414
12 8 26 Madonna 28-5 412
13 12 10 Lee 37-9 389
14 7 9 Azusa Pacific 28-11 384
15 14 25 Bellevue 24-9 375
16 17 28 William Carey 28-14 321
17 20 16 LSU-Shreveport 35-10 282
18 19 17 Southern Nazarene 32-9 271
19 13 27 Warner 29-14 264
20 21 44 William Woods 28-8 212
21 RV 23 Cumberland 24-15 179
22 24 21 Tennessee Wesleyan 30-12 172
23 22 13 The Master’s 29-14 155
24 NR 36 Lindenwood 28-9 113
25 RV 82 Spring Arbor 20-8 96
11 Auburn-Montgomery 26-16
14 Wayland Baptist 32-10
19 Trevecca Nazarene 26-16
20 Biola 23-18
22 College of Idaho 25-13
24 Malone 26-10

First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 22

R.L. Eisenbach
R.L. Eisenbach

#1 Lubbock Christian’s victim of the week was Mid-America Christian; the Chaparrals swept them 10-0, 7-0, and 15-5. R.L. Eisenbach got a one-hit shutout in the first game, and Rene Garcia and Charlie Aceto combined for the shutout in the second game. Eisenbach’s record is 9-0, 2.62 ERA, 77 strrikeouts; Garcia is 7-0, 2.44 ERA, 65 strikeouts. Next up for the Chaparrals is Oklahoma Christian April 17-18, then U. Of the Southwest April 21.

The Chaparrals are also #1 in Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. Their strength of schedule ranking is #23; Concordia-Irvine is #1 in strength of schedule, Oklahoma City is #25, Southern Polytechnic is #22, and Point Loma Nazarene is #4.

Brent Weaver
Brent Weaver

#2 Oklahoma City lost a game to Oklahoma Christian 18-11, and retaliated with a 17-3 win. The Stars then swept a double-header against Oklahoma Wesleyan 14-4 and 11-1; both games were mercy-ruled. Brent Weaver leads the
The Stars with 26 home runs and 70 RBI. The Stars will play Northwestern Oklahoma State home and away April 16 and 18.

#3 Southern Polytechnic swept a double-header against Atlanta Christian, and won two of three against Brewton-Parker. They split a double-header with #9 Berry 13-9 and 3-5. The Hornets host Emmanuel April 17-18.

#4 Point Loma Nazarene came up with a big sweep of #14 Azusa Pacific, 7-1 and 4-2. The Sea Lions got good starts from Chris Honer and Andrew Bovich. They now have a three game lead over #8 Fresno Pacific in the Golden State Athletic Conference. They play Vanguard home and away April 15-16, and host Fresno Pacific April 18.

#5 Union (KY) got an 18-14 win over Bryan, and won two of three against Montreat. They host U. Of the Cumberlands April 15, Milligan April 18-19, and
Bluefield April 20. They visit #10 Campbellsville April 22.

Ben Ornelas
Ben Ornelas

#6 Lewis-Clark State split a four-game series against #8 Fresno Pacific, and won two of three against Western Oregon, ranked #20 in Division II. The first game of the Fresno Pacific series, a 7-1 win, featured a triple play by the Warriors, and two home runs by Ben Ornelas. The Sunbirds won the second game 5-4 on a ninth-inning home run by Josh Jackson that barely cleared LF Sean Halton’s glove. The Warriors won the first game of the Western Oregon series 7-6 on a walk-off home run by Paul Martin in the bottom of the twelfth inning.

Ornelas, a transfer from Cypress College, became academically eligible three weeks ago. In 16 games, he has hit five home runs and has 24 RBI; he is batting .414.

The Warriors visit College of Idaho April 16-17, then host College of Idaho April 18-19. They are scheduled to play 11 games over 13 days.

Eric Brown
Eric Brown

#7 British Columbia won three of four against College of Idaho (#22 in the ISR rating), taking over first place in the North division of NAIA West. 1B Scott Webster hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to win the first game. Mark Hardy pitched a complete game and allowed only three hits in the second game to run his record to 9-0. In the fourth game, Eric Brown went five innings, allowed one hit, struck out seven. The Thunderbirds visit Corban April 17-18.

#8 Fresno Pacific split four games with #6 Lewis-Clark State. The Sunbirds play #23 The Master’s home and away April 15-16, and visit #4 Point Loma Nazarene April 18.

#9 Berry swept three games against Emmanuel, and split a double-header with #3 Southern Polytechnic. The Vikings hold a one-game lead ovee Southern Polytechnic in the Southern States Athletic Conference. They visit Southern Wesleyan April 17-18.

#10 Campbellsville swept a double-header against Saint Catharine, clinching the Mid-South Conference pennant. The Tigers visit Division III Spalding April 18, and Trevecca Nazarene (#19 in the ISR rating) April 21.

#11 Embry-Riddle lost an exhibition game to the Class A Daytona Cubs 14-4. The Eagles then swept three games against Edward Waters to re-take the lead in the Sun Conference. They visit Thomas April 15, Saint Thomas April 17-18, and host Division II Florida Tech April 21.

#12 Madonna split double-headers with Indiana Tech and Siena Heights. A scheduled game against #25 Spring Arbor was rained out. They play Concordia-Ann Arbor away and home April 18-19.

#14 Azusa Pacific was swept by #4 Point Loma Nazarene. The Cougars play Cal Baptist away and home April 15-16, and host Vanguard April 18.