One last round of congratulations to the 2019 college baseball champions from the nine divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)
National Champions – TENNESSEE WESLEYAN COLLEGE BULLDOGS
Runners-Up – Saint Thomas University Bobcats
2018 Champions – Southeastern University Fire
NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)
National Champions – CONCORDIA (MI) UNIVERSITY CARDINALS
Runners-Up – Warner University Royals
2018 Champions – Campbellsville University Tigers Continue reading
FIRST SEMIFINAL: This game pitted the 3 seeds – the WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS – against the top seeded SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES. A 1-1 tie in the 1st Inning became a 3-2 Royals lead in the 3rd.
A huge 4th Inning for Warner University expanded their advantage to 7-2. From there the Eagles mustered just 1 more Run each in the 6th and 9th Innings while the Royals added 2 of their own in the 8th. Warner U won the game 9-4 behind Pitcher Joey Theune. Continue reading
DAY THREE, GAME ONE: The 4 seeds – the WRIGHT STATE AT THE LAKE LAKERS – took on the 10th seeded BLUEFIELD STATE BIG BLUES in an elimination game. The Lakers turned a 2-1 edge over the Big Blues in the 1st Inning into a 3-1 lead in the 2nd.
The only other Run scored by Bluefield State came in the 5th Inning, while Wright State at the Lake drove in additional runs in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th to win the game TWELVE to TWO! Pitcher Noah Greathouse got the win. Continue reading
DAY TWO, GAME ONE: The 10 seeds – the BLUEFIELD STATE BIG BLUES – faced another elimination game, this one against the 2nd seeded UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI AT CLERMONT COUGARS. The Big Blues had already sent (6) Southern Maine College home and were looking for another scalp.
After a scoreless 1st Inning Bluefield State went up 3-0 in the 2nd. The Big Blues added another Run in the 5th and rode it the rest of the way for a 4-0 Shutout victory. Bluefield State Pitcher Austin Stambaugh threw for the entire game.
DAY TWO, GAME TWO: The top-seeded NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS (Shipbuilders) clashed with the 4 seeds – the WRIGHT STATE AT THE LAKE LAKERS. When the Builders grabbed a quick 4-1 1st Inning lead few knew that they would only score 1 more Run the rest of the way.
Meanwhile the Lakers drew to within 4-3 in the 5th Inning and knotted things up at 4-4 in the 6th. Newport News Apprentice School would slam in their final Run in the 8th Inning and won the game 5-4 behind Pitcher Thomas Packert. Continue reading
DAY ONE: GAME ONE – The 4 seeds – the WRIGHT STATE AT THE LAKE LAKERS – took the diamond against the 5th seeded MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN (now co-ed) OWLS. The Owls went up 1-0 in the 1st Inning following which neither team scored in the 2nd through 4th.
In the 5th Inning the Lakers grabbed a 3-1 advantage then added 2 more Runs the rest of the way, compared to the 1 mustered by MUW. Wright State at the Lake won the game 5-2 for Pitcher Cross Youtsler.
DAY ONE: GAME TWO – The top seeded NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS (Shipbuilders) faced the 9 seeds – the SELMA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS. The Builders parlayed a 2-0 1st Inning edge into an 8-0 lead in the 2nd.
Each team notched a Run in the 4th Inning to make it a 9-1 game with Newport News Apprentice School on top. From there the Builders put up 2 more in the 6th for an 11-1 blowout win. Pitcher Paul Jones was on the Mound for the entire game for NNAS. Continue reading
Top Seed: GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES
2. GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS ### 3. INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS ### 4. SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS ### 5. UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS
Top Seed: SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE (Defending Champions)
2. MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE KNIGHTS ### 3. UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE (OH) RED STORM ### 4. HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY FORESTERS ### 5. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA THUNDERBIRDS
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Top Seed: UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS
2. WESTMONT COLLEGE WARRIORS ### 3. UNIVERSITY OF ANTELOPE VALLEY PIONEERS ### 4. ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM ### 5. UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES Continue reading
Four more tickets punched to the NAIA National Tournament.
SOONER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The top seeds – the storied UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS – took on the 8th seeded SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS. Midnight finally tolled for the Cinderella Lions as the Drovers parlayed a 3-1 1st Inning lead into a mammoth 13-2 advantage in the 3rd.
USAO continued dominating the rest of the way, folding, spindling and mutilating SAGU to the tune of TWENTY-TWO to THREE! Ricardo Velez pitched for the win. * THE DROVERS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE SAC TOURNAMENT *
RED RIVER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The top seeded LSU-SHREVEPORT PILOTS faced the 6 seeds – the JARVIS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE BULLDOGS. The Bulldogs held a 2-1 edge by the 2nd Inning but the Pilots knotted things up at 2-2 in the 4th.
Jarvis Christian College went back on top 3-2 in the 7th Inning but LSU-Shreveport tied up the score 3-3 in the 8th and then won the game 4-3 in the 9th. Pitcher Brendan Owens notched the W. * THE PILOTS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE RRAC TOURNAMENT * Continue reading
Five more tickets punched to the NAIA National Tournament.
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The last 2 teams standing in this Conference Tournament were the 4 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE (OH) RED STORM – and the 3rd seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT KOKOMO COUGARS. When the Cougars grabbed a 6-1 lead in the 1st Inning few could have guessed this game would last TWELVE INNINGS.
The Red Storm kept IU-Kokomo off the scoreboard for the entire rest of the game while adding Runs in the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th Innings for a 6-6 tie. Neither team scored in the 10th or 11th but Rio Grande emerged with a 7-6 victory in the 12th. Zach Harvey pitched for the win. * THE RED STORM ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE RSC TOURNAMENT *
THE SUN CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The Cinderella 6th seeded THOMAS UNIVERSITY NIGHT HAWKS remained THE story of the Sun Conference tourney as they battled the 3 seeds – the WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS – for the title.
A 1-0 Night Hawks edge in the 2nd Inning became a 1-1 tie in the 4th. Thomas University drove in 3 more Runs in the 5th Inning to take a 4-1 advantage and rode 3 more in the 7th to a 7-1 triumph. Chance Carter was the winning Pitcher. * THE NIGHT HAWKS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE SUN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT * Continue reading
CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DAY TWO, GAME ONE: The 4 seeds – the TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS – took the diamond against the 8th seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT SOUTH BEND TITANS. Neither team drove in a Run until the Titans grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 3rd Inning.
The Trolls pulled to within 2-1 in the 4th, then knotted things up at 2-2 in the 5th. The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the 9th when Trinity Christian College won the game 3-2. Trolls Pitcher Bryan Vanderlee got the W. Continue reading
SOUTHERN STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DAY TWO, GAME ONE: The 8 seeds – the BREWTON-PARKER COLLEGE BARONS – played an elimination game against the 5th seeded BLUE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOPPERS. After 2 Scoreless Innings the teams were knotted up at 1-1 in the 3rd.
A 2-2 tie in the 6th Inning became a 3-2 Barons edge in the 7th before the Toppers wound up leading 6-4 in the 8th. In the 9th Brewton-Parker College forced extra Innings with a 6-6 deadlock. Neither team scored in the 10th Inning but the Barons won it 8-6 in the 11th for Pitcher Jacob Johnson. Continue reading