Two top seeds were defeated, and two more were taken to extra innings.
The game of the day was in Joliet, IL, where #2-ranked Cumberland was taken to 10 innings by #21 Campbellsville. (Campbellsville was the team that won an Opening Round tournament last year on the 21-consecutive-inning performance by Bryan Fuller.)
Campbellsville scored all their runs in the first inning. Cumberland tied it in the third with an RBI Triple by DH Max Kautz, who went 4-5 for the game. The Bulldogs started the top of the tenth with a single by C David Fanshawe. Kautz beat out a chopper between the mound and third base, but pinch-hitter Jesse Bowman lined out to rightfield on a great sliding catch by the Tigers’ Logan Smith. CF Dave Weyer singled sharply up the middle. 2B Luke Gadow gloved the ball, but it bounced into short centerfield, allowing pinch-runner Jason Frost to score from second. 1B Greg Appleton followed with a single to center, scoring Kautz for a 6-4 advantage. 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
#1 Lubbock Christian split a double-header with Division II Angelo State, losing 10-4 and winning 9-1. RF Austin Lasprilla was 2-4 with four RBI for the Rams in the first game. In the second game, Shane Ingram got a win in his first start of the season, holding the Rams to one hit in four innings. The Chaparrals swept Northwestern Oklahoma State over the weekend, and their record is now 17-7. Ingram is their ERA leader, at 1.93. Upcoming: Oklahoma Christian March 12-13.
#2 Lewis-Clark State is 14-1. They got two wins last weekend against Division II Central Washington. The Warriors will play their first road games of this season at Concordia-Portland March 12-14 and Division II Saint Martin’s March 15-16. Continue reading
#1 Lubbock Christian won two of three against University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and swept a double-header against University of the Southwest. The Chaparrals are now 13-6. Their leading hitter is C Joe Staley with a .455 average, and their ERA and strikeout leader is Paul Gonzalez, 2-1, 1.11 ERA, and 29 strikeouts with 24 1/3 innings pitched. Upcoming: at Northwestern Oklahoma State (11-3 with two wins over Wayland Baptist) March 5-6, Angelo State March 9. The Angelo State double-header will be televised by Stretch Internet.
#2 Lewis-Clark State is 12-1, and their two most recent wins were against in-state rival College of Idaho, 16-8 and 7-6. In the second game, RF Gino Casini drew a base-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to bring in the winning run. Colby Hawk is 3-0, 0.00 ERA for the Warriors; Tyler Lichty is 2-0, 1.47 ERA, 17 strikeouts. Upcoming: Division II Central Washington March 6-7.
#3 British Columbia has started their season 10-1. They have yet to play a home game, and their only loss was 6-2 to #10 Fresno Pacific. 3B Keaton Briscoe is batting .400 for the Thunderbirds, CF Blake Carruthers is batting .387. RHP Taylor King is 1-0, 1.23 ERA with three saves, LHP Mark Hardy is 2-1, 3.00 ERA with 20 strikeouts. Upcoming: at Corban March 5-6. Continue reading
After splitting four double-headers, #1 Lubbock Christian finally moved above .500 with an 11-0 win over Lindenwood (8-2, with two wins over Auburn-Montgomery). Paul Gonzalez, Hunter Scott, and Tanner Vickers combined for the shutout. 2B Richard Bohlken went 2-3 with three RBI. Joe Staley leads the defending champions in hitting with a .435 average, and Paul Gonzalez is 1-0, 0.00 ERA, and 15 strikeouts with 12 1/3 innings pitched. Upcoming: Texas-Brownsville Feb. 19-20.
#2 Lewis-Clark State started their season the same way as 2009, with an opening weekend loss to Concordia-Portland. CF Calvin Nagy scored the winning run in the top of the ninth to give Concordia a 7-6 win, but the key performance for the Cavaliers was by reliever RHP Steven Taft, who came on in the fifth inning, and pitched four scoreless innings, scattering four hits, and picking off two baserunners. Taft got the win. Continue reading
The 54th NAIA baseball season starts on Saturday, with Wayland Baptist at Texas-Brownsville, and the Sun Conference All-Star Game in Daytona Beach, FL. Next, Ave Maria (a brand-new school located in Naples, FL, not just a new program) hosts Warner on Jan. 26. On the 27th, Cal Baptist hosts Simpson, and last year’s runners-up Point Loma Nazarene hosts a good Cal State San Marcos team. Continue reading
Wes Dorrell who is entering his last year of baseball eligible has decided to leave Big West member Cal Poly for NAIA member Fresno Pacific. According to an article in The Tribune out of San Luis Obispo CA, Dorrell had a falling out with head coach Larry Lee. Dorrell stated the following about his transfer “A fallout with Cal Poly coach Larry Lee, a conflict of interest, to put it in the best words possible.” Larry Lee refutes this claim by stating in the article that there was never a fallout with Dorrell in his eyes.
Results from Day 3 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:
Lee 5, Fresno Pacific 4 (Fresno Pacific eliminated)
Chris Warters hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Flames their first lead of the game, and Pablo Lopez shut down the Sunbirds for the final three innings to keep the Flames in the tournament. Continue reading
Results from Day 2 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:
Southern Polytechnic 6, Campbellsville 5 (Campbellsville eliminated)
Southern Polytechnic, who came into the tournament ranked #5, got a home run in the top of the ninth by CF Josh Grooms to avoid a two-and-out exit. The Hornets trailed 4-3 going into the seventh, but they scored two runs in the top of the seventh on sacrifice flies by Grooms and DH Daniel Hester to take the lead for good. Grooms batted in four of the Hornets’ six runs.