Schedule for the first day of the NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday, May 23, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):
8:30 AM: #7 seed Spring Arbor
(37-7) vs. #10 Jamestown
Spring Arbor, located in Spring Arbor, MI, is last year’s runner-up.
Significant wins: Bellevue, Madonna, Saint Xavier (2)
Top position players: Jim Baker (.528, 8 HR, 50 RBI), Jonathan Herbig (.385, 1 HR, 31 RBI), Brad Baker (.368, 7 HR, 39 RBI). Baker’s average is the best in the NAIA.
Top pitchers: Colin O’Connell (9-1, 1.95 ERA), Jesse Bachman (8-2, 2.43 ERA), Cody Sharp (7-1, 3.99 ERA)
Coach: Sam Riggleman, 4th season
Outlook: The Cougars won’t repeat last year’s runner-up performance.
Jamestown (Jamestown, ND) is making their first appearance in the Baseball National Championship since 2004.
Significant wins: Saint Xavier (2), Bellevue (2)
Top position players: Ben Cairns (.399, 8 HR, 37 RBI), Cam McLachlan (.383, 6 HR, 37 RBI)
Top pitchers: Steve Hirchert (4-0, 2.78 ERA), Graham Campbell (9-4, 4.66 ERA)
Coach: Tom Hager, 9th season
Outlook: The Jimmies are looking for their first-ever win in this tournament. They should get it this time.
11 AM: #8 Bellevue
(51-15) vs. #9 Ohio Dominican
Bellevue (Bellevue, NE) is making their twelvth appearance in the national championship tournament. They finished fourth last year.
Significant wins: Jamestown
Top position players: Matt Anderson (.421, 7 HR, 43 RBI), Nick Damas (.419, 11 HR, 44 RBI)
Top pitchers: Ulysses Roque (12-1, 1.87 ERA), Jon Ganzen (8-0, 2.47 ERA)
Coach: Mike Evans, 20th season
Outlook: The Bruins will get a win against Ohio Dominican.
Ohio Dominican (Columbus, OH) is making their first national championship tournament appearance since 2005.
Significant wins: Embry-Riddle, Missouri Baptist, Saint Xavier (2)
Top position players: Joe Janusik (.425, 3 HR, 50 RBI), Matt Shiring (.371, 4 HR, 22 RBI)
Top pitchers: David Colopy (11-1, 1.98 ERA), Jonathan Kountis (6-2, 3.26 ERA)
Coach: Paul Page, 21st season
Outlook: The Panthers are happy to be here.