Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 6, 2010, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. (poll below)
#1 Lewis-Clark State swept four games against Azusa Pacific. The third game of the series was an 8-7 win in 12 innings. Brian Burke hit a grand slam home run (his 13th home run of the season) in the fifth inning, and Travis Georgius hit an RBI single in the 12th to win it. The Warriors won the fourth game 6-5, on an two-RBI single by Bryan Abrey in the bottom of the ninth. The Warriors have seven pitchers with ERA’s less than 2.0; Stephen Foster is 2-1, 0.50 ERA, Tyrell Poggemeyer is 2-0, 0.92 ERA, with 31 strikeouts. Upcoming: at Division III Willamette April 10-11.
#2 Oklahoma City swept three games against Oklahoma Christian, two of them shutouts. Dustin Williams pitched a complete game for the first shutout, Mike Richard went 8 1/3 innings, allowed four hits and struck out ten in the second one, a 2-0 win for the Stars. Richard is 7-1, 2.17 ERA with 47 strikeouts on the season, and he is the Sooner Athletic Conference pitcher of the week. Williams also has seven wins. The Stars lead the SAC with a 14-1 record. Upcoming: at Oklahoma Baptist April 8 and 10, Oklahoma Baptist April 9.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||ISR||SCHOOL||2010 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||1||Lewis-Clark State (ID)||28-2||684|
|4||2||2||Southern Polytechnic (GA)||36-5||634|
|8||7||12||Lubbock Christian (TX)||26-10||523|
|12||12||14||Point Loma Nazarene (CA)||25-8-1||437|
|13||13||8||Bethel U. (TN)||22-4-1||405|
|14||14||30||Rio Grande (OH)||33-4||402|
|17||19||9||Union U. (TN)||24-7||302|
|21||20||13||Fresno Pacific (CA)||20-8||208|
|23||RV||7||C. of Idaho||23-9||172|
|18||Cal State San Marcos||22-11|
|20||U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma||22-9|
|21||Trevecca Nazarene (TN)||24-10|
First-place votes: Lewis-Clark State 23, Southern Polytechnic 1
#3 Cumberland won two of three against #13 Bethel U. (TN) and defeated #8 Lee 17-16. LHP Shawn Schaefer got his seventh win of the season in a 3-2 win over Bethel, and Aaron Wilkerson got a mercy-rule-shortened 13-0 shutout. In the win over Lee, six Bulldogs hit seven home runs, one of them 3B Matt Greener’s 16th of the season. Greener leads the NAIA in home runs, and his .496 batting average is seventh-best in the NAIA. Upcoming: at Campbellsville April 7, at Trevecca Nazarene (ISR #21) April 9-10.
#4 Southern Polytechnic defeated #7 Lee 4-2 (10 innings, scheduled for 7), then lost the other two games 7-3 and 12-9. David Harden got the win in the first game, and he continues to lead the NAIA with nine wins. Trey Burstrom batted in the winning run. Upcoming: Faulkner April 9-10.
#5 Cal Baptist lost two games at Division II Dixie State, 12-4 and 9-8 (10 innings).
The Lancers continue to lead the Golden State Athletic Conference with a 17-3 record. Upcoming: San Diego Christian April 8, at San Diego Christian April 10.
#6 British Columbia gave up four runs in sweeping four games against Corban. All four Thunderbirds starters, Eric Brown, Sheldon McDonald, Brandon Kaye, and Mark Hardy, were sharp. The fourth game was 3-1, and would have been a lot closer if C Bob Foerster hadn’t caught three baserunners attempting to steal. The Thunderbirds then got a quality 2-1 win against Division I Seattle U. and Brown and McDonald put in good efforts again. The Thunderbirds continue to lead the NAIA West with an 18-2 record. They lead the NAIA with a .980 fielding percentage. Upcoming: Concordia-Portland April 10-11.
#7 Lee won two of three against #4 Southern Polytechnic, and lost to #3 Cumberland. Upcoming: Tennessee Temple April 8, Talladega April 9-10, at U. of the Cumberlands April 12.
#8 Lubbock Christian won two of three against Oklahoma Baptist, and swept a double-header against U. of the Southwest. They needed ten innings and five hits (with three doubles) from Rafael Thomas to win the third game vs. Oklahoma Baptist 17-16, and Thomas scored the winning run. Thomas is batting .500 with 28 at-bats. C Joe Staley leads the Chaparrals with a .464 batting average and 43 RBI. Upcoming: Division II West Texas A&M April 13.
#9 Vanguard didn’t play last week; a game scheduled at La Sierra was cancelled. Upcoming: #12 Point Loma Nazarene April 7-8, at Point Loma Nazarene April 10.
#10 Bellevue swept four games at C. of the Ozarks, one of them a 10-0 shutout pitched by Luis Castillo. Castillo is 3-2, 2.12 ERA with 32 strikeouts. Upcoming: Saint Ambrose April 7, at Central Christian April 9-10.