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NAIA top 25 and recap for March 24

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for March 24, 2009, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. Comments below:

RANK LAST
WEEK
ISR SCHOOL 2009
RECORD
TOTAL
POINTS
1 5 7 Lubbock Christian 26-3 647
2 1 2 Oklahoma City 28-3 612
3 3 1 Point Loma Nazarene 20-7 607
4 9 6 Southern Polytechnic 23-3 581
5 6 8 LSU-Shreveport 29-4 571
6 7 4 Azusa Pacific 23-6 529
7 8 26 Union (KY) 21-5 497
8 12 5 Campbellsville 21-3 494
9 4 Spring Arbor 7-3 467
10 10 9 Lewis-Clark State 12-6 429
11 18 15 Madonna 21-2 428
12 21 21 Berry 21-5 422
13 11 29 Embry-Riddle 24-10 388
14 13 22 Bellevue 14-6 378
15 2 13 Lee 26-6 376
16 14 3 British Columbia 17-6 341
17 RV 28 Warner 21-10 306
18 15 10 The Master’s 22-9 285
19 RV 18 Wayland Baptist 24-8 274
20 22 16 Lindenwood 14-3 204
21 20 45 Montreat 16-6 189
22 RV 32 Saint Francis 14-4 186
23 RV 27 Trevecca Nazarene 18-12 137
24 23 12 Fresno Pacific 18-9 126
25 RV 11 Malone 13-3 113
14 College of Idaho 14-8
17 Northwood (FL) 23-6
19 Biola 16-13
20 Auburn-Montgomery 16-13
23 Cal State San Marcos 15-8
24 William Penn 18-7
25 Southern Nazarene 23-7

First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 17, Point Loma Nazarene 5, LSU-Shreveport 1 Continue reading

NAIA top 25 and recap for March 17

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for March 17, 2009, and Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. Comments below:

RANK

PREVIOUS
RANK

ISR

SCHOOL

TOTAL
POINTS

1 1 2 Oklahoma City 622
2 2 8 Lee 598
3 3 4 Point Loma Nazarene 569
4 4 Spring Arbor 543
5 9 5 Lubbock Christian 529
6 10 6 LSU-Shreveport 524
7 8 10 Azusa Pacific 495
8 5 26 Union (KY) 486
9 11 1 Southern Polytechnic 479
10 7 15 Lewis-Clark State 397
11 13 30 Embry-Riddle 391
12 RV 3 Campbellsville 387
13 6 33 Bellevue 362
14 24 7 British Columbia 357
15 19 11 The Master’s 309
16 14 48 Texas Wesleyan 293
17 RV 23 Southern Nazarene 276
18 RV 13 Madonna 225
19 RV 14 Northwood (FL) 209
20 23 28 Montreat 201
21 RV 16 Berry 192
22 RV 9 Lindenwood 160
23 12 17 Fresno Pacific 150
T24 25 44 Park 129
T24 NR Robert Morris 129
12 Auburn-Montgomery
18 Wayland Baptist
19 King
20 William Penn
21 Oklahoma Baptist
22 William Carey
24 Trevecca Nazarene
25 Tennessee Wesleyan

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NAIA recap for March 5

Jorge Martinez
Jorge Martinez

#1 Oklahoma City lost their first game of the Season on March 2, but it took 13 innings to do it. The loss was 4-3 to Iowa Wesleyan, who is 9-6. Starter Jorge Martinez pitched ten innings for Iowa Wesleyan, allowed 13 hits, but only three runs. Hector Acevedo held the Stars to two hits over the remaining three innings. Edwin Jimenez hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the winning run.

The Stars are now 18-1. They play a Rogers State team that is 10-6 away-and-home March 5 and 7.

#2 Lee is 18-1, but they trailed going into the bottom of the ninth at Tennessee Temple on March 3. The Flames ended up winning 10-6 in ten innings. Elvis Sosa is hitting .508 with eight home runs for the Flames. Matthew Gilson is 3-0, 0.46 ERA. Next up for the Flames is Emmanuel March 6-7. They get a stiffer test against Trevecca Nazarene on March 10. Continue reading

NAIA Top 25 and Recap for February 24

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for February 24, 2009. Comments below:

RANK SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES) 2009
RECORD
TOTAL
POINTS
1 Oklahoma City University (16) 13-0 527
2 Lee University (Tenn.) (2) 12-1 513
3 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 11-2 455
4 Spring Arbor University (Mich.) 0-0 452
5 Union College (Ky.) 9-0-1 437
6 Bellevue University (Neb.) 0-0 427
7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (1) 5-3 424
8 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 13-1 407
9 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 9-1 406
10 LSU-Shreveport 15-2 402
11 Southern Polytechnic (Ga.) 11-1 391
12 Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) 11-1 324
13 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 7-5 312
14 Texas Wesleyan University 9-1 295
15 Cumberland University (Tenn.) 6-3 276
16 University of St. Francis (Ill.) 0-0 275
17 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 15-3 259
18 Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) 9-6 192
19 The Master’s College (Calif.) 14-4 162
20 U. of the Cumberlands (Ky.) 2-2-1 157
21 Warner University (Fla.) 7-3 152
22 Ohio Dominican University 0-0 124
23 Montreat College (N.C.) 6-2 101
24 University of British Columbia 8-1 92
25 Park University (Mo.) 6-0 81

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CBB’s NAIA Pre-season Top 10

The 53rd NAIA baseball season starts on Friday, with Belhaven at Spring Hill (Mobile, AL), La Sierra at Concordia-Irvine, LSU-Shreveport at U. of Mobile, Bethany (CA) at San Diego Christian, Wayland Baptist at Texas-Brownsville, and Patten at The Master’s (Santa Clarita, CA). The LSU-Shreveport-U. Of Mobile matchup should be a good one; they were #9 and #8 in the ISR ranking at the end of last season. Continue reading

2009 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team Announced

Oklahoma City had three members on the 2009 Preseason All-America team
Oklahoma City had three members on the 2009 Preseason All-America team

Oklahoma City leads the way with three members

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three members from Oklahoma City University highlight the 2009 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team, announced November 7. The three members are the most of any NAIA school on the list. 2008 National Champion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) places one player, catcher and World Series Most Valuable Player Brian Ward, on the squad.

Of the 17 players on the team, 15 stand-outs will enter the 2009 season as a senior. There are six players that were recognized on the 2008 NAIA All-America First Team. Only one player, senior Jesse Bachman from Spring Arbor (Mich.), was on the 2008 NAIA Preseason All-America Team. The 6-0 pitcher is a two-time First-Team All-American and went 8-2 with a 2.43 ERA last season leading the Cougars to the NAIA World Series. Continue reading

2009 Schedules from some Top NAIA teams

Here’s a few that are out:

Lee: Last year’s runner-up starts the season on Feb. 6, hosting Illinois Institute of Technology. They play Auburn-Montgomery April 17-18, and Cumberland April 21. The Flames have picked up two D-I transfers, Tyler Roberts (Memphis) and Trey Burstrom (Tennessee). They have also added Julian Alvarez, who hit .419 and 26 home runs for Bacone last year, and two players drafted in 2006, Jeff Ramirez and Rashad Taylor. Continue reading

NAIA National Championship Recap for May 28

Updated at 11:50 PM PDT.

Results from Day 5 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:

Spring Arbor makes their second straight top-four finishLewis-Clark State 9, Spring Arbor 4 (Spring Arbor eliminated)

The Warriors opened the scoring in the third inning, when 2B Josh Ashenbrenner came in on a ground out by SS Brett Wyatt. They took over the game in the fourth with an RBI single by C Brian Ward, an RBI double by 1B Ikaika Lester, an an RBI single by RF Chris Valencia.

The Cougars did not go home without a fight. They got on the board in the fifth with an RBI single by starting pitcher Jesse Bachman. The Warriors added two in the top of the sixth on a triple by Valencia. The Cougars answered with a two-RBI single by C Lucas Rider in the bottom of the sixth, and an RBI single by SS Bradley Baker in the bottom of the seventh.

That made the score 6-4 after seven innings, but the Cougars couldn’t get any closer. Justin Mace pitched the last two innings for the Warriors, and retired all six batters that he faced. The Cougars hit into double plays in the fifth and seventh, and 2B Jeff Hollister was robbed of an extra-base hit in the eighth with a good catch by CF Paul Martin. Three of the Warrior runs were unearned.

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NAIA National Championship Recap for May 27

Updated at 11:55 PM PDT.

Results from Day 4 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:

Lance DoughterySpring Arbor 8, Union 7 (Union eliminated)

Both teams were playing their fourth game in five days, and the coaches had to make some difficult decisions about pitching. Spring Arbor went with Andy Paulun, who had only two starts on the season and an ERA of 6.75. Union went with one of their regular starters, Lance Doughtery, who had a record of 7-1, 2.73 ERA.

Doughtery came to Union from Canyon, TX. He played for Seward County CC in Liberal, KS and Hutchinson CC in Hutchinson, KS. His career was interrupted by Tommy John surgery. He was recruited for Union while playing for the Newton Rebels of the Walter Johnson League in Wichita.

For eight innings, it appeared that Union made the better choice. Paulun was pulled after giving up five runs in three innings, and was replaced by Colin O’Connell, a starter who hadn’t made a relief appearance prior to today. O’Connell started on Saturday against Oklahoma City, and got a loss. He did better this time, allowing two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.

The Cougars got back in the game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, on a two-RBI double by DH Eric Vojtkofsky, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly by C Lucas Rider.

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NAIA National Championship Recap for May 26

Updated at 1:05 AM PDT.

Results from Day 3 of the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID:

Jim BakerSpring Arbor 11, Azusa Pacific 10 (Azusa Pacific eliminated)

Spring Arbor started off the Cougars vs. Cougars battle with five runs in the top of the first, chasing Azusa Pacific starter Matt Stone. APU came back with two runs in the second (home run by DH Chris Feicht), one in the third, two in the fourth (home run by RF Drew Evans), and one in the fifth. SAU got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by CF Jon Schaible, so the game was tied 6-6 going into the seventh inning.

SAU got the lead back on a two-run home run by 1B Jim Baker in the top of the seventh. APU got one back in the bottom of the seventh on a home run by 1B Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and the game went into the ninth with SAU hanging on to an 8-7 lead.

SAU scored three runs in the top of the ninth on a two-RBI double by Eric Vojtkofski, and an RBI single by RF Jonathan Herbig. They needed all three of them. APU responded with an RBI double by Feicht, and a two-RBI single by Evans. However, SAU reliever Joseph Myers struck out Carlos Maddox to end the game and APU’s season.

This was a well-played game despite the batting-practice run totals. APU out-hit SAU 18-12. There were several good defensive plays, including a diving catch of a bunt attempt by Nieuwenhuis in the top of the seventh, and a catch of a fly ball in right-field foul territory by Herbig in the bottom of the seventh. SAU got a couple of double plays in the early going to make the APU comeback more difficult.

Myers got the win, and Garrett Hodges got the loss. Herbig finished the game 3-5 with 3 RBI. 2B Grant Beyer went 3-3 with a double for APU.

Box score Play-by-play

Story from NAIA site: No. 7 Spring Arbor Wins Offensive Display 11-10 Against No. 4 Azusa Pacific

Jordan RobertsEmbry-Riddle 6, Bellevue 1 (Bellevue eliminated)

Jordan Roberts recovered from a didn’t-finish-
the-first-inning performance on Friday to pitch a complete game for the Eagles, holding the Bruins to five hits. He struck out seven, walked two, and threw 120 pitches.
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