The 2010 MLB World Series starts up on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants hosting the Texas Rangers. Cliff Lee (Arkansas) will take the ball for the Rangers while the Giants will send Tim Lincecum (Washington) to the hill. The best conference this season with getting players into the World Series is the SEC as they have six alums of universities. The University of Miami, UC-Santa Barbara, and LSU are the leaders in alums participating with two each. Miami has Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell while UC-Santa Barbara has Barry Zito and Michael Young. The LSU Tigers have both Mike Fontenot and Brian Wilson participating in the fall classic. The full list is below.
Results from day four of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:
Another complete game by a pitcher in this tournament, but this one wasn’t an artistic masterpiece. Chad Blauer of the Sea Lions allowed three earned runs on nine hits, struck out 11, and threw 166 pitches. Continue reading
Results from day three of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:
Embry-Riddle 8, Belhaven 4
Point Loma Nazarene 7, Cal Baptist 6
Cumberland 8, Oklahoma City 1
Lee 8, Lewis-Clark State 0
The Blazers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when CF Jimmy Gilford hit an RBI triple, then scored on a ground out. They chased Embry-Riddle ace Jonathan Kountis in the third inning when 2B Lake Eiland scored on a passed ball, and DH Brandon Benton hit an RBI single. The game was tied 4-4 at that point. Kountis was replaced by Cory Bevis, and the Blazers got only two hits the rest of the way. Bevis went 6 1/3 innings, held the Blazers scoreless, struck out five, and walked only one. The Blazers didn’t have a baserunner beyond second base. Continue reading
Results from Day 1 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:
Embry-Riddle 3, Tennessee Wesleyan 2 (12 innings)
Point Loma Nazarene 9, Belhaven 1
Lee 7, Lubbock Christian 6
Oklahoma City 8, Cal Baptist 0
The fans who showed up on Friday morning for the first game of the tournament were treated to three extra innings and an excellent ball game.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 12th on a sacrifice fly by 1B Brad Pippa. The leadoff batter in the bottom of the 12th, Josh Krummel, pinch-hitting for RF Dane Beaudette, reached first on an error. Beaudette then re-entered the game, and stole second. He tied the game on a single by 1B Branden Roper-Hubbert. Roper-Hubbert moved to second on the unsuccessful throw to home, then went to third on a single by 3B Steve Sabins. He scored the winning run on a single by LF Aaron Glaum. Continue reading
Schedule for the first day of the 54th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday, May 28, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):
8:30 AM: #7 seed Embry-Riddle (44-17) vs. #10 Tennessee Wesleyan (46-16)
Embry-Riddle (Daytona Beach, FL) is making their ninth appearance in Lewiston, and their seventh in the past eight years. They were 0-2 at last year’s tournament. They are the champions of the Sun Conference.
Significant wins: Florida Southern, 5-3 vs. Saint Thomas, 1-3 vs. Cumberland
Strength of schedule: #30
Top position players: Austin Goolsby (.329, 12 home runs, 54 RBI), Branden Roper-Hubbert (.294, 10 home runs, 50 RBI), Steve Sabins (.340), J.T. Warmoth (.340)
Top pitchers: Justin Zinkovich (10-2, 2.69 ERA, 86 strikeouts), Jonathan Kountis (7-4, 3.23 ERA, 87 strikeouts), Austin Quinn (11-2, 1.70 ERA)
Coach: Randy Stegall, 3rd year
Outlook: The Eagles won’t go two-and-out again, but they don’t have enough talent to win this tournament. Continue reading
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
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
Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for May 4, 2010, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. (poll below)
#1 Lewis-Clark State swept three games against Oregon Tech. They won the first game 18-0, but needed eight innings to win the scheduled-for-seven-innings third game 7-6. Shea Bedortha and Darryl Swearingen of the Hustlin’ Owls held the Warriors to seven hits, and the Owls out-hit the Warriors 11-7. The Owls took a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth on a home run by 3B Cory Staniforth, but the Warriors tied it in the bottom of the eighth with a sacrifice fly by SS Josh Ashenbrenner, then won it when 2B Danny Anguiano scored on a ground out. This was Warriors Head Coach Ed Cheff’s 1,700th win. Upcoming: Division III George Fox May 5, at Division I Seattle U., webcast by KOZE.
#2 Cumberland swept double-headers Against Milligan and Lyon. Lyon, however, was able to do something that no other team has done this year; hit Shawn Schaefer. Schaefer left the game after 5+ innings, with the Bulldogs trailing 10-8; he allowed ten hits. The Bulldogs got six runs in the bottom of the sixth to win 14-10. Schaefer got a no-decision, and Daniel Kern got the win. Sam Kikla hit .692 for the four games, walked twice, and was hit by a pitch three times; he was named TranSouth Player of the Week. The Bulldogs won the TranSouth Athletic Conference pennant. Upcoming: Mid-Continent May 6-7. Audio webcasts are available; click here for the schedule. Continue reading
Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 27, 2010, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. (poll below)
#1 Lewis-Clark State swept four games games against Concordia-Portland, and only one of the games was close. Tyler Lichty, Stephen Foster, Cody Fassold, and Tyler Knigge got the wins. Although Concordia went home without a win, they got a triple play in the fourth game. With the bases loaded, Brian Burke hit a one-hop ground ball to 3B John Houts. Houts stepped on the bag for one out, then threw to 1B Brady Miletich for the second out. Miletic then threw to C Tommy Whalen for the third out; the baserunner at third, Jason Hague, had headed for the dugout, apparently thinking that Burke’s ball was caught on the fly, and was ruled out for being outside the base path. Upcoming: Oregon Tech May 1-2, Division III George Fox May 4-5, webcast by KOZE.
#2 Cumberland swept a double-header against Martin Methodist, 6-4 and 11-1, and a scheduled third game was cancelled due to inclement weather. C Max Kautz hit a three-run home run in the first game, and another one in the second. Shawn Schaefer struck out ten in the first game. This was his seventh complete game of the season. His record is 10-0, 1.66 ERA, with 73 strikeouts, and he is tied with eight other players, including Scott Swinson of #4 Lee, Chad Blauer of #10 Point Loma Nazarene, Brandt Hinton of #11 Belhaven, David Harden of #13 Southern Polytechnic, Bruce Ammende of #21 York, and Ian Pick of #23 Campbellsville for most wins in the NAIA. In the second game, Aaron Wilkerson struck out nine of the 18 batters he faced (the game was shortened to five innings by the mercy rule), and his record is 8-1, 2.08 ERA. The Bulldogs have a two-game lead over #20 Union U. (TN) in the TranSouth Athletic Conference. Upcoming: Milligan April 28, Lyon March 1-2. Audio and video webcasts are available; click here for the schedule. Continue reading
Garrett Regan is a Senior first baseman for the Oklahoma City University Stars, currently ranked #3 in the NAIA and leading the Sooner Athletic Conference. Garrett is batting .366 with six home runs and 39 RBI. He was drafted in the 50th round out of high school. The Stars have a key matchup at Lubbock Christian this weekend.
Bob Broughton, CBB: How did you get from Calgary to Oklahoma City University?
Garrett Regan: OCU Coach Keith Lytle and my coach from the Prairie Baseball Academy, Blair Kubicek, have known each other a long time and while I was playing in Lethbridge they needed an outfielder here at OCU. So basically, Coach Kubicek is the reason I have gotten the opportunity to play down here. Continue reading