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. Continue reading
Southern Polytechnic retains #1 in Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. The Hornets are 29-2, 6-0 in the Southern States Athletic Conference. The Hornets allowed two runs in three games against Southern Wesleyan. Blake Mainor, Hunter Dinsmore, and Ty Williams combined for a 9-0 seven-inning three hit shutout. David Hardin got his seventh win of the season in a 7-1 win; his ERA is 1.65, and he has 45 strikeouts. He remains tied with Taylor Siemens of Cal Baptist and Kelyn Schellenberg of Fresno Pacific for most wins in the NAIA. Upcoming: Shorter March 26-27.
Lewis-Clark State defeated Division III Whitworth 15-2, and #15 College of Idaho 10-7. In the C. of Idaho game, Brian Burke hit his tenth home run of the season. Burke also leads the Warriors with 30 RBI. Upcoming: at College of Idaho March 25, British Columbia March 27-28.
#2 British Columbia swept four games at Concordia-Portland, and two of the wins were shutouts. Eric Brown, David Otterman, and Miles Verweel combined for the first shutout, and Sheldon McDonald and Taylor King combined for the second one. The Thunderbirds are 20-3, 14-2 in NAIA West play. Verweel is the team’s ERA leader at 1.42. Brown is 5-0, 1.74 ERA with 22 strikeouts. Freshman 1B Andrew Firth leads the team in hitting at .440. Upcoming: at Lewis-Clark State March 27-28, at Washington State March 29. Continue reading
Southern Polytechnic is #1 in Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating, and the Hornets swept three games against a Berry team that was 11-6 going into the series. David Harden got his sixth win of the season, and is now 6-0, 1.98 ERA, with 39 strikeouts. His six wins put him in second place (to Taylor Siemens of Cal Baptist) in the NAIA. Mason Heller leads the Hornets in hitting, batting .449.
Lewis-Clark State swept three games against Concordia-Portland, the team that handed the Warriors their sole loss at the beginning of the season. They then got their second loss of the season at Division II Saint Martins; 3B Josh Grenier batted in four runs for the Saints. The next game between the Warriors and Saints went ten innings, and the Warriors won it with a two-run home run by LF Jake Eccles. Henry Buenrostro got the win for the Warriors, but it was a 5 1/3 middle relief appearance by Tyrell Poggemeyer that kept the Warriors in the game; Poggeymeyer allowed six hits, but he also struck out six, and kept the Saints scoreless. Upcoming: Whitworth March 23