Nathan Blackwood is going into his seventh season as Head Coach of the defending NAIA Champion Lubbock Christian Chaparrals. His career record is 281-89. He played for the Chaparrals as an undergraduate, and also coached at Harding University.
Bob Broughton, The College Baseball Blog: The defending NAIA champion is someone other than Lewis-Clark State this year. Has this idea caught on in Lubbock yet?
Nathan Blackwood, Lubbock Christian: I think so. The Lubbock community has always been extremely supportive of LCU Baseball and has really done a good job of welcoming and recognizing these student athletes. This is a baseball town and has been for a long time. The people here can really appreciate an accomplishment like this.
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.
Larry Hays known mostly for coaching Texas Tech and Lubbock Christian baseball programs is coming back to coaching in 2010 when he takes over the Lubbock Christian softball team. He replaces his son Shanon who started up the program two years ago before accepting the head coaching position with Texas Tech.
Larry Hays played professional softball during his playing days from Mobile Alabama to Montreal Quebec. He assisted Shanon over the last two season which saw him grow found of the program which won the 2008 NAIA National Championship in their inaugural season. Continue reading →
The Lubbock Christian Chaparrals defeated the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions 11-8 to win their second NAIA title.
The Chaparrals jumped on Sea Lions starter Chris Honer for five runs, including a two-RBI double by 3B Ross Blondin. Honer didn’t complete the first inning. The Sea Lions tied it 5-5 in the top of the third with a two-run home run by 1B Travis McCleary, an RBI double by SS Tyler Kuehl, a sacrifice by by 2B Alex Cameron. However, the Chaps took the lead for good in the bottom of the third on a three-run home run by LF Will Stramp. The winning run came in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by 1B Rob Learned. Continue reading →
It’s Point Loma Nazarene and Lubbock Christian in the final. Results from Day 5 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:
Lubbock Christian 14, Oklahoma City 4 (Oklahoma City eliminated)
The Chaparrals got all the runs they needed in the first inning. CF Jaime Armendariz started the game with a walk, moved to second on a balk, to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a ground out. LF Will Stramp hit a home run, and Stars starter Justin Harper walked the next two batters. He was taken out of the game after recording only one out, two runners on base, and the score already 2-0. DH Dan Neumann then hit an RBI double, SS Armando Dominguez hit a two-RBI single, and the score was 5-0 before the Stars got their first turn at bat. Continue reading →
Results from Day 4 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:
Lee 5, Berry 3 (Berry eliminated)
Brandon Cuniff and Josh Rose combined for a three-hitter that took only two hours and 15 minutes to play. Cuniff pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on three hits, struck out three. Rose pitched the remaining 3 2/3 innings, allowed one run on one hit, struck out four. Cuniff got the win, and Rose got a save. Continue reading →
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 →
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.