Lewis-Clark State College of Lewiston Idaho is a force at the NAIA level winning 15 championships. Some people are comparing their success to the New York Yankees domination of MLB baseball. The Daily Herald out of Everett Washington has a great article on the program which is available here.
Lewis-Clark State swept a three-game series with Division II Dixie State, 4-3, 12-11, and 19-6. The Warriors have won nine straight. In the second game, Brian Ward hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to bring in the winning run; Michael Guerrero got the win to run his record to 3-0, 1.46 ERA. Ward hit a home run and had four RBI in the third game. The Warriors play a good College of Idaho team in mid-week, and play at Corban (Salem, OR) Friday and Saturday. Continue reading
Lewis-Clark State defeated two Division I teams, Washington (8-6) and Gonzaga (8-7). The Warriors are 12-2, and they host Division II Dixie State this weekend.
Azusa Pacific defeated La Sierra, and swept a double-header against Vanguard. All three wins were lop-sided, and the Cougars are 17-1, 9-1 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. They play Fresno Pacific, Westmont, and Dixie State next week.
Lee swept three games against Faulkner. The Flames are 21-1, and have won 18 straight. They play at Berry on Friday and Saturday.
Lubbock Christian swept three games against Oklahoma Baptist, and only the first game was close. The Chaparrals are now 17-1. They play College of the Southwest and Saint Gregory’s this week.
Spring Arbor started their season with wins over Shawnee State and U. of Saint Francis. They will play in a tournament at Warner Southern this week.
Oklahoma City swept three games against Missouri Valley, and their record is 19-1. David Dennis has eight home runs for the Stars, and Mike Lee has an ERA of 0.87.
Southern Polytechnic swept Southern Wesleyan, and their record is now 17-2. They travel to Milligan onWednesday, and host Shorter on Friday and Saturday.
The Master’s split a double-header with Cal Baptist, and their record is 14-4-1. They play Westmont and Concordia-Irvine next week.
Trevecca Nazarene swept a double-header against Cumberland, 4-3 and 4-2. The Trojans are 11-3, and they play Freed-Hardeman next weekend.
U. of Mobile defeated Division I Southeastern Louisiana 13-1, and swept a double-header against Tougaloo. The Rams are 18-3. They play Tennessee Wesleyan on Wednesday, and LSU-Shreveport on Friday and Saturday.
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Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for Feb. 27, 2008. Comments below.
|1||Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I)||10-2||510|
|2||Azusa Pacific (CA) (II)||12-1||505|
|3||Lee (TN) (XIII)||17-1||472|
|4||Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI)||14-1||458|
|5||Spring Arbor (MI) (VIII)||0-0||439|
|6||Oklahoma City (VI)||13-1||421|
|7||Southern Polytechnic (GA) (XIII)||12-2||351|
|8||Oklahoma Baptist (VI)||15-1||324|
|9||The Master’s (CA) (II)||12-2-1||309|
|10||Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI)||9-3||303|
|11||Bellevue (NB) (IV)||4-4||291|
|12||Tennessee Wesleyan (XII)||10-5||277|
|13||Saint Thomas (FL) (XIV)||5-6||274|
|14||Ohio Dominican (IX)||0-0||240|
|15||Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI)||17-0-1||215|
|16||U. of Mobile (AL) (XIII)||14-3||211|
|17||Union (KY) (XII)||10-2||179|
|18||Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV)||10-6||161|
|19||Faulkner (AL) (XIII)||15-4||117|
|20||Campbellsville (KY) (XI)||2-1||114|
|21||Missouri Baptist (V)||3-3||101|
|22||Saint Ambrose (IA) (VII)||0-0||89|
|23||Fresno Pacific (CA) (II)||8-3||88|
|24||Dickinson State (ND) (III)||0-0||68|
|25||Cumberland (TN) (XI)||9-6||60|
First-place votes: Lewis-Clark State 13, Azusa Pacific 4, Lee 3, Lubbock Christian 1
Summary of results for the top NAIA baseball teams:
Lubbock Christian defeated Hardin-Simmons onTuesday, running their record to 10-1. The scheduled series with Division I Houston Baptist was cancelled due to weather. The Chaparrals host Cumberland for four games this weekend.
Oklahoma City swept three games with Oklahoma Christian, and their record is now 9-0. They play Rogers State this week.
Lewis-Clark State won three of four in a tournament they hosted. They defeated College of Idaho 8-3, Whitworth 7-0, Mayville State 6-4, the lost to College of Idaho 3-2 (10 innings). The victory over Whitworth avenged a loss a week earlier, and Michael Guerrero, Brian Bird, and Matt Stabelfeld combined for the shutout, striking out 13. The College of Idaho got their first win over their in-state rival since 2005 without getting an earned run. In the top of the tenth, Perry Hamilton hit a fly ball that was dropped by Warrior outfielder Chris Valencia. Hamilton went to third on a hit by Luke Howarth, then scored when the Warriors failed to complete a double play on a slow roller hit by pinch-hitter Jordan Lanman. Justin Marsh-Quinlan, who was stellar in relief, struck out two in the bottom of the tenth to preserve his first win as a Coyote. Marsh-Quinlan is a transfer from Olympic CC.
Summary of results for the top NAIA baseball teams:
Lubbock Christian won three of four at Texas Wesleyan, and they are 9-1. They play four games against new-to-Division-I Houston Baptist Feb. 15-16.
Oklahoma City swept a double-header at Bacone on Saturday, and defeated Dakota Wesleyan on Sunday. The Stars are 6-0, and they play Oklahoma Christian and Lindenwood next week.
Lewis-Clark State defeated College of Idaho (formerly Albertson) twice, 10-0 and 4-3. They split with Division III Whitworth, losing 6-5, and winning 10-2. Whitworth’s win was their first over L-C State since 1999, and Chad Flett got the win for the Pirates. The Warriors host a tournament next weekend with Mayville State, College of Idaho, and Whitworth.
Bellevue did not play last week. They are 0-4 after being swept by Cal Baptist Jan. 31-Feb. 2. They play at Sterling next weekend. Continue reading
Point Loma Nazarene has set up video webcasts of all their home games with B2 Networks. Two games that should be worth watching are against Azusa Pacific on Feb. 9. The first game starts at 11 AM PST.
Embry-Riddle is webcasting at least some of their home games with Eagle Vision. They have a series coming up with Tennessee Wesleyan on Feb. 1 at 4 PM EST, and Feb. 2 at noon EST (double-header).
Both services are pay-per-view. B2 Networks charges about $6.
The first college baseball game scheduled in 2008 is the Cal State San Marcos Cougars at the Westmont Warriors, Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon in Santa Barbara, CA. Both teams are NAIA members.
CSU San Marcos played the first game of the 2007 season, a 14-8 loss to San Diego Christian. It was the first-ever baseball game for both schools. CSU San Marcos finished their inaugural season with an 18-23 record, with wins over Division II UC San Diego and a good Point Loma Nazarene team. Continue reading
By: Bob Broughton, tbirdbaseball.net
It’s difficult to handicap NAIA baseball before games have actually been played on the field, because the top NAIA teams rely heavily on JUCO transfers. My first prediction, however, is that this ranking will be more accurate than the one released by the NAIA in November. Here goes: Continue reading
The Houston Baptist University has released the 2008 schedule. This is the first season that the Huskies will participate in Division 1 as they are moving up from NAIA where they finished third in the NAIA World Series in 2007 with a 43-21 record. The team opens the season on February 1st when Concordia-Texas comes in for the start of a three game set. They will play the first game against a Division 1 program on February 26th when they play a doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin. They will end the season taking part in the NCAA Division 1 Independent Tournament in Edinburg. The full schedule is available by clicking here.
I wonder why the Huskies are being allowed to start the season on February 1st when the uniform start date is February 22nd. Anyone have any answers? If you do then leave them in the comments section.
Thanks to Bob Broughton of Tbirdbaseball.net for the heads up on the schedule. He is the best source for NAIA baseball news on the Internet.