Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for March 30, 2010, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating.
#1 Lewis-Clark State won two games against College of Idaho, and three more against British Columbia. Four of the five games were close, and the final game of the British Columbia series went eleven innings. The Thunderbirds scored single runs in the top of the tenth and eleventh innings, but the Warriors kept the game going with an RBI single by LF Gino Casini in the bottom of the tenth, then won it when CF Jason Hague scored on a squeeze bunt by DH Connor Moore in the bottom of the eleventh. Brian Burke has 12 home runs for the Warriors. Upcoming: Azusa Pacific March 31-April 2.
#2 Southern Polytechnic won two of three against Shorter. David Harden picked up his eighth win of the season in a 16-4 win for the Hornets, and he leads the NAIA in wins. Tim Day of Panorama, Australia got the seven-inning complete game win for Shorter. The Hornets lead the Southern States Athletics Conference with an 8-1 record. Upcoming: at #8 Lee April 2-3.
#3 Oklahoma City swept three games against Rogers State, and defeated Bacone. The Stars have won ten straight, and lead the Sooner Athletic Conference with an 11-1 record. Steve Vitale has 12 home runs for the Stars, Matt Presley has 11. Upcoming: Oklahoma Christian April 1 and 3, at Okllahoma Christian April 2.
#4 Cumberland won two of three against Union U. (TN). The first game was a 2-0 win for Cumberland, and Shawn Schaefer got the best of a pitching duel with Carl Harken. Schaefer scattered seven hits, struck out 11, and got his third shutout of the season and his fifth straight complete game. 3B Matt Greener scored the winning run on an error in the second inning. Schaefer is 6-0, 0.84 ERA, with 43 strikeouts. Greener has twelve home runs. Upcoming: #13 Bethel C. (TN) April 2-3, #8 Lee April 6. Live video available here.
#5 Cal Baptist swept four games against The Master’s, and lead the Golden State Athletic Conference with a 17-3 record. Only the first game against The Master’s was close; Drew Madrigal hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the Lancers a 7-6 win. The game was tied when Taylor Siemens left it, so reliever Kolby Moore, who struck out five of the 11 batters he faced, got the win. Brian Sharp leads the Lancers in hitting with a .447 average, Madrigal is batting .415. Upcoming: at Dixie State March 31, San Diego Christian April 8.
#6 Vanguard won three of four against Biola. LHP Brandon Godfrey is 6-0, 1.36 ERA with 33 strikeouts for the Lions. Upcoming: #12 Point Loma Nazarene April 7.
#7 Lubbock Christian mercy-ruled Saint Gregory’s twice. Upcoming: at Oklahoma Baptist March 2-3.
#8 Lee swept three games against headed-for-Division III Berry, and mercy-ruled U. of the Cumberlands. Tanner Moore has 13 home runs, which ties hime with Kevin Hennessey of Wayland Baptist for the NAIA lead. Upcoming: #2 Southern Polytechnic March 2-3; video webcast by Stretch Internet, audio webcast by WCLE.
#9 British Columbia salvaged a 9-5 win over Washington State (shortened to seven innings by wind and rain) after being swept at Lewis-Clark State. Upcoming: Corban April 2-3; webcast by CITR, at Seattle U. April 6; webcast
#10 Embry-Riddle swept three games against Webber International. Austin Goolsby hit three home runs in the final game of the series, setting a school record. Ryan Vigue is 3-1, 1.23 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 29 1/3 inningss pitched for the Eagles. Upcoming: Florida Tech (#15 in Division II) March 31, at Edward Waters April 2-3.
|1||1||Lewis-Clark State (ID)||24-2||644|
|2||2||Southern Polytechnic (GA)||33-3||637|
|7||8||Lubbock Christian (TX)||24-9||504|
|12||12||Point Loma Nazarene (CA)||21-8-1||392|
|13||6||Bethel C. (TN)||19-2-1||383|
|14||26||Rio Grande (OH)||27-4||377|
|17||38||Union C. (KY)||21-6||342|
|19||4||Union U. (TN)||21-5||265|
|20||10||Fresno Pacific (CA)||19-7||212|
|16||C. of Idaho||19-9|
|18||U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma||20-8|
First place votes: Lewis-Clark State 14, Southern Polytechnic 7, Cumberland 1, Cal Baptist 1