Five of the nine slots for the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID were filled today, with Oklahoma City, Cal Baptist, Lee, Belhaven, and Point Loma Nazarene.
#3 Cal Baptist defeated #10 Madonna 11-4 at Riverside, CA. The Crusaders led 4-1 after three innings, but Mike Barro came in as a reliever for the Lancers, and allowed one hit during the last six innings. DH Drew Madrigal batted in the winning run in the fifth inning; he was 2-5 with two RBI for the game. This will be the Lancers’ second trip to the National Championship.
#4 Lee defeated William Jewell 9-6 in Cleveland, TN. The game was tied 6-6 going into the bottom of the sixth; J.J. Costantino hit a triple, then scored on an error to get the winning run for the Flames. This will be Lee’s fourth straight trip to Lewiston. William Jewell is moving to Division II. Continue reading NAIA Opening Round Recap for May 20th→
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 NAIA Opening Round Recap for May 19th→
Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for May 12, 2010, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. This is the final poll for the 2010 season, and will be used for seeding the NAIA Opening Round tournaments, which start May 18. (poll below)
#1 Lewis-Clark State defeated Division III George Fox 7-3, and defeated Division I Seattle U. Twice, 8-7 and 5-3. The game against George Fox was tied in the seventh inning, and the Warriors needed an RBI single by Jack Eccles and a sacrifice fly by Kawika Emsley-Pai to get the first win against Seattle U. Hentry Buenrostro got a win in this game, and a save in the second game. Arlo Evasick went 7 2/3 innings for the Redhawks in the second game. He held the Warriors to one run during the first seven innings, but gave up a three-run home run by DH Pat Murray with two out in the eighth to get the loss. The three runs were unearned, and the home run was only the fourth hit given up by Evasick.
The regular season is over for the Warriors, and they finished it with a 16-game winning streak. A game scheduled at Gonzaga next week was cancelled, and the Redhawks were the only Division I team the Warriors played this year. The next game for the Warriors will be at the NAIA Baseball National Championship, which starts May 28. Continue reading NAIA Top 25 and Recap for May 12th→
#1 Lewis-Clark State swept three games against Division III Willamette. The Warriors’ last loss was April 15. They have won 13 straight, and are having their best start in school history. Upcoming: at #4 British Columbia April 16-18, at Corban April 19-20. The British Columbia series will be webcast by both KOZE and CITR.
After a 5-4 loss to #21 Campbellsville, #2 Cumberland swept three games against Trevecca Nazarene, defeated Lindsey Wilson 6-3, and Bryan 15-5. One of the Trevecca wins was 15-0, and Robert Post pitched the mercy-rule-shortened five-inning shutout. He was named TranSouth Conference Pitcher of the Week. The Bulldogs lead the TranSouth Conference with a 7-2 record, but they lead Freed-Hardeman and #12 Union U. (TN) by only one game. Upcoming: Freed-Hardeman April 16-17, at Lindsey Wilson April 19. Continue reading NAIA Top 25 and recap for April 13th→
There was nothing provisional about the swing of third baseman Jesse Sawyer.
Playing his first year of college ball south of the border, Sawyer hit .346 with 19 homers and 58 RBIs in 56 games for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
A product of the Prairie Baseball Academy and coach Blair Kubicek, Sawyer had one stretch where he homered in 11 of 13 games for SDSU, in its second season as a provisional NCAA Division I school.
When Atlanta Braves starter Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine filmed the NIKE commercial the key line was delivered by Maddux who said “chicks dig the long ball.”
And so do voters.
Sawyer’s 19 homers led the 711 Canadians playing south of the border in 2009 and he also led all vote getters in balloting for the 10th annual All-Canadian College Team. Sawyer had 33 first-place votes and was named on 43 of 49 ballots to win our unofficial player of the year award.
Four schools list two players apiece among the honorees
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lubbock Christian (TX) University, 2009 national champions, has landed two players on the 2010 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team, the NAIA announced Friday. Three other schools list two players apiece among the honorees, including Lewis-Clark State (ID), LSU-Shreveport and Saint Xavier (IL).
All 2010 Preseason All-Americans garnered postseason 2009 All-America honors. Ross Blondin of Lubbock Christian, Andrew Brouillette of LSU-Shreveport, Brice Cutspec of Azusa Pacific (CA), Tim Dunn of Trevecca Nazarene (TN), Jayson Koehn of Saint Xavier, Jono Waugh of Southern Polytechnic State (GA) and Justin Zinkovich of Embry-Riddle (FL) were all mentioned on the 2009 All-America First Team. Three other standouts were named to the All-America Second Team while seven players were All-America Honorable Mention picks.
Southern States Athletic Conference – at Columbus, GA: #6 Southern Polytechnic took #8 Lee out of the tournament with a 6-3 win. Southern Polytechnic then lost to #4 Berry 9-3; Jason Dorcey pitched a complete game for the Vikings. The Hornets and Vikings will play one more game on Sunday for the championship.