|4||4||2||Point Loma Nazarene||29-9||562|
|22||College of Idaho||25-13|
First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 22
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.