Opening Round Recaps

Day One Recap:


Game 1: Bacone (Okla.) def. Friends (Kan.) 5-2


Bacone Defeats Friends Following Rain Delay


SHAWNEE, Okla. – No. 5-seeded Bacone (Okla.) defeated Friends (Kan.) 5-2 Monday on day one of the Shawnee Bracket at the NAIA Baseball Opening Round.


Day one of the Shawnee Bracket was shortened due to the weather. Rain began to fall in the top of the fourth inning of a scoreless game one, leading to a six hour and 14 minute delay. The game finally resumed at 7 p.m., and was the only game completed Monday.


Following the delay, the Falcons (36-24) scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Charlie Aznavoorian doubled home Ryan Tracy and Danny Topps scored on an error.


The Warriors (35-18) scored in the seventh after Ronnie Galindo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.


Bacone scored three more runs in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. Peter Rodriguez drove in Will Simms and Ryan Wagner hit a 2 RBI single in the inning. Jean Carlos Rodriguez singled home Simms in the ninth for the final score of the game.


Bacone's Peter Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with one RBI and scored a run, and Wagner finished 1-for-3 with two RBI in the win.


Neither pitcher that started the game received a decision in the game. Tyler Delzell started for the Warriors, pitching three innings, allowing three hits while striking out one. Friend's Brandon McMillin pitched the opening 3.2 innings, also giving up three hits with one strike out.


Matt Durbin improved to 5-2 on the season after pitching the final six innings, giving up four hits with one earned run and two strike outs.


Taylor Warkins lost his first decision of the year (5-1), pitching 3.2 innings and giving up only two hits. Warkins allowed four runs and walked four batters while striking out five.


Bacone will advance to play top-seeded Oklahoma Baptist Tuesday at 2:30. Friends will play the loser of the Northwestern (Iowa) vs. Bellevue (Neb.) game at 6 p.m.




Day 2 Recap:


Four Teams Advance to Play Wednesday

SHAWNEE, Okla. - Day two saw four teams advance to play Wednesday at the Shawnee Bracket. Bellevue (Neb.) defeated Northwestern (Iowa) 2-1 in the first game of the day. Oklahoma Baptist took down Bacone (Okla.) 10-3, and Northwestern eliminated Friends (Kan.) with a 12-5 victory.


Game 2: Bellevue (Neb.) def. Northwestern (Iowa) 2-1

The Red Raiders took the lead in the fourth inning s Davis Bloemendaal hit into a double play, scoring Micah Linn.


Bruins' designated hitter Devin Ferguson led off the fifth inning with a triple, and Joe Mancuso drove him home to tie the game. Charlie Krueger hit a solo home run in the sixth to put Bellevue on top 2-1.


Ricky Holm improved to 10-1 after pitching a complete game, allowing just three hits while striking out six batters. Ryan Brasser was credited with the loss after pitching 6.2 innings, giving up six hits with eight strike outs.


Bellevue advanced to play Oklahoma Baptist Wednesday at 11 a.m. while Northwestern played the final game of the day against Friends.


Game 3: Oklahoma Baptist def. Bacone (Okla.) 10-3

Oklahoma Baptist never trailed in the win, scoring the first run in the third on an error. The Bison drove across five runs in the sixth inning and held off the Warriors for the win.


Kelvin Rivas started for OBU, lasting seven innings while allowing nine hits and striking out eight. Bacone's Tim Hill fanned 10 hitters, but was credited with the loss after giving up seven runs in 5.1 innings.


Ivan Vela and Garrett Roberts each had three hits for the Bison. Steven Knudson, Kevin Hatch, and Ridge Hoopii-Haslam finished with 2 RBI in the winning effort.


Oklahoma Baptist will play Bellevue Wednesday at 11 a.m., while Bacone will play an elimination game against Northwestern at 2:30 p.m.


Game 4: Northwestern (Iowa) def. Friends (Kan.) 12-5

The Red Raiders jumped out to a 9-0 lead after five innings, scoring three runs in both the second and fifth innings. The Falcons had a late-inning rally, scoring three in the sixth and two in the eighth, but it was not enough to hold off elimination. 


Micah Linn led the way for the Red Raiders, finishing 4-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Cody Groskreutz and Tony Schultz each had 3 RBI in the win.


Tyler Stuerman picked up the win after pitching six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Friends' Matt Elliot threw the opening 4.2 innings, giving up eight hits and nine runs in the loss.


The game was nearly delayed due to rain moving in during the later innings, but play was never stopped and the teams finished the game in a steady rain.


Friends is the first team to be eliminated in the Shawnee Bracket, while Bellevue moves on to play Oklahoma Baptist at 11 a.m. Wednesday.


Day 3 Recap:


Oklahoma Baptist and Bellevue Advance to Championship Thursday

SHAWNEE, Okla. - Oklahoma Baptist and Bellevue (Neb.) advanced to play the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Shawnee Bracket championship game Thursday at noon.

The Bison defeated the Bruins in the first game of the day 4-0. Bacone (Okla.) took down Northwestern (Iowa) 2-0 in an elimination game, and the Bruins defeated the Warriors 2-1 in the final game of the day to end Bacone's season.


Game 5: Oklahoma Baptist def. Bellevue (Neb.) 4-0

Julian Merryweather pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits while fanning 12 batters in the win. Kyle Kinman picked up the loss for the Bruins after pitching eight innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits while striking out 11.


Designated hitter Jeff Ricker singled home Ridge Hoopii-Haslam in the bottom of the third for the first run of the game. Garrett Gallacher tripled home Garrett Roberts and Kevin Hatch in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.


The Bison added an insurance run in the eighth when Hatch brought home Ivan Vela for the final run of the game.


OBU advanced to the championship game Thursday at noon, while the Bruins played again later in the day.


Game 6: Bacone (Okla.) def. Northwestern (Iowa) 2-0

Michael Kirkland pitched a complete game shutout for Bacone, allowing six hits while striking out five batters in the win.


The Warriors scored first in the third inning as Jean Carlos Rodriguez grounded out to score Edwin Torres. Bacone scored again in the sixth inning when Ryan Wagner doubled home Rodriguez.


Bacone advanced to play Bellevue in an elimination game, while Northwestern was knocked out of the Shawnee Bracket.


Game 7: Bellevue (Neb.) def. Bacone (Okla.) 2-1

Bacone took a lead in the fourth when Jean Ortiz doubled home Peter Rodriguez. The Warriors left 10 runners on base in the loss.


Brennan Henry improved to 9-2 as he pitched 6.2 innings, giving up just the one run on five hits. Kyle Kinman tied up the game in the sixth on a solo home run to left field. Following a triple from Charile Kreuger later in the inning, Nate Mullins hit a sacrifice fly to bring him home.


Bellevue advances to play Oklahoma Baptist at noon Thursday, while Bacone is eliminated from post season play.


Day 4 Recap:


Oklahoma Baptist Advances to World Series

SHAWNEE, Okla. - Oklahoma Baptist advanced to the 2014 Avista-NAIA World Series with a 13-6 win over Bellevue (Neb.) in the second game Thursday. The Bruins forced the winner-take-all final game after taking the first game of the day 4-2.


Game 8: Bellevue (Neb.) def. Oklahoma Baptist 4-2

The Bruins took the first game Thursday behind a grand slam from Galli Cribbs in the fifth inning. After three straight hits from Aaron Brasher, Tyler Blood, and Zack Clark, Cribbs drove them all in with one swing of the bat to put Bellevue on top 4-0.


Steven Knudson doubled home Jeff Ricker and Ivan Vela brought home Tyler Melton in the eighth inning, but it was not enough for the Bison.


Steve Sarcone picked up the win after pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four batters. The win for Bellevue set up a winner-take-all game later in the day between the two teams.


Game 9: Oklahoma Baptist def. Bellevue (Neb.) 13-6

Bellevue once again scored the first runs in game two, jumping out to a 2-0 lead midway through the third inning. That was when the Bison bats came alive for nine runs in the bottom of the third.


The Bruins scored two more runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, but the Bison brought across four runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach.


Reigning NAIA Player of the Year Matt Page finished the game 3-for-5 with five RBI and one run scored. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam scored a game-high three runs in the win.


The Bison advanced to their fourth World Series appearance in program history with the win, and the first since 2011.