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
Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 20, 2010, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. (poll below)
#1 Lewis-Clark State won two of three against #4 British Columbia, and swept three games against Corban. Against British Columbia, the Warriors got an excellent start from Colby Hawk, and two excellent relief efforts by Henry Buenrostro. Freshman Zach Hull, making only his third appearance of the season, pitched a complete-game shutout against Corban. He allowed four hits, struck out six, and had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning. Upcoming: Concordia-Portland April 22-24, webcast by KOZE.
#2 Cumberland swept three games against Freed-Hardeman, 16-5, 4-1, and 5-1. In the first game, Max Kautz hit two home runs and batted in five runs, and Shawn Schaefer ran his record to 9-0, 1.41 ERA, 63 strikeouts. Aaron Wilkerson pitched a four-hit complete game in the second game, and his record is 7-1, 2.10 ERA. The Bulldogs lead the TranSouth Conference with a10-2 record, but have only a one-game lead over #13 Union U. (TN). Upcoming: at Martin Methodist April 23-24, Milligan April 27. Audio webcasts available for all games, video webcast for the Milligan game; click here for the schedule. Continue reading