Friday, January 13, 2017
With three weeks until the start of the baseball season in the Great American Conference, the league’s head coaches voted Oklahoma Baptist as the preseason favorite, the conference office announced on Thursday.
In their first year competing in Division II, the Bison made a spectacular debut, posting a 43-15 record, including a 22-11 mark within the GAC. They closed the year with a 15-game win streak that included 10 straight wins in NCCAA postseason play. The streak culminated in a game-winning grand slam by Hunter Heath that clinched a national title. The Bison bring back a pair of All-Conference pitchers – Jinny Parra and Carson McPherson. Parra also claimed the GAC Pitcher of the Year award after going 12-3 with a 2.49 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 108.1 innings. McPherson went 7-3 while holding opponents to a GAC-leading .176 batting average. Heath returns after hitting .356 with 11 home runs and 64 RBI.
Arkansas-Monticello, the reigning GAC Tournament champions, and Southwestern Oklahoma State, the GAC regular-season champion, shared second place. The Weevils won a program-record 40 games last season and advanced to the title game of the NCAA Central Region Tournament. They return Braden Chambers, a First-Team All-GAC pitcher, who went 11-1 along with First-Team second baseman Nick Piraino and reliever Dawson Moser, who registered nine saves and a 1.88 ERA. They must replace GAC Player of the Year and All-American Corey Wood, the GAC single-season record for home runs and RBI.
Region, May 4-6
State, May 11-13
State: Bentonville High School
State: Benton High School
State: Sylvan Hills High School, Harrison (at Harrison Parks)
State: Lonoke, Nashville
State: Bergman (at Harrison Parks), Harding Academy
State: East Poinsett County, Parkers Chapel
State: Bay, Lead Hill (at Harrison Parks), Taylor, Woodlawn
State Finals, May 19-20 Fayetteville (at University of Arkansas)
Monday, January 9, 2017
Arkansas Feb. 17
Arkansas Baptist Feb. 5
Arkansas Fort Smith Feb. 2
Arkansas Little Rock Feb. 17
Arkansas Monticello Feb. 4
Arkansas Pine Bluff Feb. 17
Arkansas State Feb. 17
Arkansas Tech Feb. 3
Central Arkansas Feb. 17
Central Baptist Feb. 2
Crowley's Ridge Feb. 7
Ecclesia Feb. 3
Harding Feb. 4
Henderson State Feb. 3
Hendrix Feb. 10
Lyon Feb. 4
North Arkansas Feb. 15
Ouachita Baptist Feb. 4
Southern Arkansas Feb. 2
U. of the Ozarks Feb. 14 (Williams Baptist)
Williams Baptist Feb. 10
Posted by NSB at 9:49 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2017 NAIA Baseball Preseason All-America Team. The 17-member squad was chosen by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Committee.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Against Rowan County Post 342 – which, at just 82 miles from Shelby, made it a pro-Rowan crowd – the Razorbacks (42-5) rallied from a 4-0 deficit and then won the game with a four-run 12th inning, escaping a late rally to win 8-6 and bring home the state’s first-ever ALWS title.
Nick Myers provided a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the 12th and teammate Parker Ribble followed with a two-run double to give Post 58 an 8-4 lead. Rowan County scored two runs in the bottom of the inning before Zac Harrington got the final out to set off the Arkansas celebration.
Monday, July 11, 2016
2015-16 GAC MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – COREY WOOD, ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO, BASEBALL
Wood, a unanimous selection as Male Athlete of the Year, led the Boll Weevils to a GAC Championship and helped UAM advance to the final of the NCAA Central Regional. He set UAM and GAC single-season records for runs scored (67), home runs (26), RBI (90), total bases (183) and slugging percentage (.847).
In May, Wood performed at his best as he hit .435 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 14 games – three against rival Southern Arkansas, five GAC Championships games and six NCAA Central Regional games. He drove in seven runs in a game three times during the month. He earned Tournament MVP honors at both the GAC Championships – where he hit four home runs and drove in 19 - and the MVP award for the Central Regional by posting a .500 average (15-for-30) with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Sparked by his stellar performance to close the season, he earned the Josh Willingham Award – bestowed to the Most Valuable Player in Division II. He garnered All-America honors from the NCBWA, ABCA and D2CCA. He finished his senior season ranked in the top 10 in the nation in home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage.
Wood became the second UAM athlete, and the first baseball player, to earn a GAC year-end superlative award, joining former softball All-American Beth Jackson, who earned Female Athlete of the Year following the inaugural year of the GAC.