NAIA Top 25 and recap for April 20th

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 20, 2010, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. (poll below)

Henry Buenrostro#1 Lewis-Clark State won two of three against #4 British Columbia, and swept three games against Corban. Against British Columbia, the Warriors got an excellent start from Colby Hawk, and two excellent relief efforts by Henry Buenrostro. Freshman Zach Hull, making only his third appearance of the season, pitched a complete-game shutout against Corban. He allowed four hits, struck out six, and had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning. Upcoming: Concordia-Portland April 22-24, webcast by KOZE.

#2 Cumberland swept three games against Freed-Hardeman, 16-5, 4-1, and 5-1. In the first game, Max Kautz hit two home runs and batted in five runs, and Shawn Schaefer ran his record to 9-0, 1.41 ERA, 63 strikeouts. Aaron Wilkerson pitched a four-hit complete game in the second game, and his record is 7-1, 2.10 ERA. The Bulldogs lead the TranSouth Conference with a10-2 record, but have only a one-game lead over #13 Union U. (TN). Upcoming: at Martin Methodist April 23-24, Milligan April 27. Audio webcasts available for all games, video webcast for the Milligan game; click here for the schedule.

RANK LAST
WEEK
ISR SCHOOL 2010
RECORD
TOTAL
POINTS
1 1 1 Lewis-Clark State (ID) 33-3 684
2 2 3 Cumberland (TN) 37-8 662
3 3 5 Oklahoma City 32-8 629
4 4 2 British Columbia 31-8 593
5 5 8 Cal Baptist 34-11 590
6 6 12 Lee (TN) 38-10 584
7 7 7 Lubbock Christian (TX) 30-10 543
8 8 17 Bellevue (NE) 30-6 539
9 10 15 Embry-Riddle (FL) 32-14 484
10 11 16 Belhaven (MS) 34-11 481
11 13 13 Vanguard (CA) 30-10 454
12 13 11 LSU-Shreveport 35-9 438
13 12 6 Union U. (TN) 32-9 431
14 15 23 Madonna (MI) 30-6 385
15 9 10 Point Loma Nazarene (CA) 30-11-1 367
16 18 19 Faulkner (AB) 35-16 346
17 17 34 York (NE) 35-7 309
18 22 4 Southern Polytechnic (GA) 42-9 302
19 20 45 Avila (MO) 30-9 264
20 21 50 Campbellsville (KY) 31-15 204
21 23 9 College of Idaho 29-11 199
22 RV 24 Missouri Baptist 30-10 169
23 16 21 Brewton-Parker (GA) 34-15 162
24 19 14 Fresno Pacific University (CA) 24-12 151
25 RV 39 University of South Carolina – Beaufort 35-10 138
    18 Cal State San Marcos 29-12  
    20 Tennessee Wesleyan 32-13  
    22 Lindenwood (MO) 35-13  
    25 Oklahoma Baptist 32-12  

Lewis-Clark State received all 24 first-place votes.

#3 Oklahoma City had no trouble with Saint Gregory’s, outscoring them 35-6 in three games. Dustin Williams, Cody Crabaugh, and Mike Richard got the wins. Steve Vitale has 17 home runs and 63 RBI for the Stars, and is batting .421. The Stars have a 2 ½ game lead over #7 Lubbock Christian in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings, and they travel to Lubbock for a three-game series April 23-24. Audio and video webcasts will be available from Stretch Internet.

Sheldon McDonald - photo by Skye Chilton#4 British Columbia won one of three against #1 Lewis-Clark State. The win was 4-1, on an excellent combined effort by Eric Brown and Sheldon McDonald, who held the Warriors to six hits, and had a shutout going into the ninth inning. The Thunderbirds got behind early in the other two games, and good comback efforts fell short. Brown leads the Thunderbirds with seven wins and 46 strikeouts. Upcoming: Oregon Tech April 24-25, webcast by CITR.

Brian Sharp#5 Cal Baptist won three of four against Biola, and continue to hold a three-game lead over #11 Vanguard in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings. OF Brian Sharp was 9-18 against the Lions, batted in 11 runs, scored six more, hit two home runs, and stole two bases. He was named GSAC Player of the Week. Upcoming: at Vanguard April 21-22, Vanguard April 24. Live video is available for the April 24 games from nmnathletics.com for a $9.95 fee.

#6 Lee swept three games against Shorter. Matt Gilson got a win in the first game, and he is 8-0, 1.56 ERA with 51 strikeouts on the season. RF Michael Brown hit two home runs in the second game, and Scott Swinson pitched a three-hitter in the third game. Brown was named Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Week. The Flames have a one-game lead over #16 Faulkner in the SSAC; #23 Brewton-Parker is 1 ½ games back, #18 Southern Polytechnic is two games back. Upcoming: Auburn-Montgomery April 23-24.

#7 Lubbock Christian got two wins at Mid-American Christian, and a third game was rained out. Upcoming: #3 Oklahoma City April 23-24.

Chris Williamson#8 Bellevue swept four games against Oklahoma Wesleyan, one of them a no-hitter pitched by RHP Chris Williamson. Williamson struck out nine, walked two. He is 6-1, 2.93 ERA on the season, and leads the Bruins with 57 strikeouts. The Bruins have won 24 straight. Upcoming: at #17 York April 23-24.

#9 Embry-Riddle won two of three against Saint Thomas. Justin Zinkovich pitched a two-hitter and Aaron Glaum hit an inside-the-park home run in a 7-1 win. Austin Quinn got his eighth win of the season in the other win. Upcoming: at Northwood (FL) April 23-24.

#10 Belhaven swept three games against Tougaloo. All three games were mercy-ruled, and Tougaloo scored a total of one run. The Blazers have a one-game lead over #12 LSU-Shreveport in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Upcoming: William Carey April 23-24.

#25 South Carolina-Beaufort has made its first-ever appearance in the top 25. The Sand Sharks have won 11 straight.