April 19, 2015

Bellevue baseball stays alive at NAIA regionals

The Bellevue University baseball team defeated Bacone College, 2-1, Wednesday night in the NAIA Opening Round in Shawnee, OK. Bellevue (39-16-2) advances to the championship game tomorrow at noon against No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist University. The Bruins lost to OBU, 4-0 earlier in the tournament.

Kyle Kinman and Galli Cribbs both had two hits to lead the Bruin offense that finished with 10 hits. BU took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth, scoring on a solo home run by Kinman and a Nate Mullins sacrifice fly that scored Charlie Krueger who tripled.

Brennan Henry improved to 9-3 after allowing just one run on five hits with five walks and a strikeout in 6.2 innings. Steve Sarcone pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his fourth save of the season. He struck out three batters and gave up just one hit.

NAIA baseball recap. Bellevue wins opening game, Midland to face number one seed

Charlie Krueger’s fifth inning home run proved to be the difference as the 18th-ranked Bellevue University baseball edged No. 20 Northwestern (Iowa) College Tuesday in the Bruins’ first game of the NAIA Opening Round in Shawnee, OK.

With the win, Bellevue (38-15-2) advances to the winner’s bracket and will play the winner between Bacone and top-ranked Oklahoma Baptist at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Bellevue is now 5-8 all-time in the NAIA Opening Round since the format was adopted in 2009.

Game 4 of the NAIA Opening Round Baseball Marion Bracket featured No. 2 Point Park versus No. 4 Midland. Midland (43-18) held on after the rain delay to defeat Point Park (40-18) 6-3. Midland plays top-seeded Georgetown Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Marion, IN.


NAIA softball recap. Bellevue beats Concordia then gets eliminated

The Bellevue University softball team defeated Concordia (Neb.) University, 3-1, to stave of elimination on Tuesday at the NAIA Opening Round in Shawnee, OK. With the win, Bellevue moved on to play against 15th-ranked Belhaven (Miss.)  Shelby Kindelin went 3-for-4 and Alyssa Matoba added a pair of hits to lead BU’s offense that outhit the Bulldogs, 8-4.

In the game against Belhaven, the Bruins fought back from a 5-1 deficit, forcing extra innings, before losing 6-5.

The loss ended Bellevue’s season at 36-17.  Concordia’s season ended at 32-16.

NAIA softball recap. Bellevue and Concordia face off on Tuesday in an elimination game

The Belhaven softball team (42-15) picked up a victory in their first game of the NAIA Opening Round Tournament on Monday with a 16-1 rout of Bellevue University (35-16) in Shawnee, OK.

Bellevue’s Taylor Mohler was on the wrong end of nine Belhaven hits over her 2.1 innings of work. Combined with four walks, Mohler was tagged for nine runs before Kelli Fisher came on in relief and surrendered another eight runs over the final 2.2 innings.

The Bruins face Concordia at 3 p.m. this afternoon after a 4-3 loss to St. Gregory’s. A three-run sixth inning was the difference as St. Gregory’s rallied after two outs with a runner on third, trailing 2-1. A wild pitch tied the game and a two-run homer put the host team on top for good.

Midland moves on, but Bellevue men knocked out of NAIA tournament

No. 10 Midland (Neb.) heads into the quarterfinals after holding off no.7 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 64-61 in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

The Warriors shot 47 percent from the field in the game and went 13-19 from the free throw line. St. Xavier struggled from the floor, shooting just 35 percent on the day after going just 6-24 in the first half. Starkel was Midland’s leading scorer on the game with 14 points. Franklin and Gullie contributed 12 points each, and Williams added nine points with seven rebounds.

Midland improves to 28-5 and will play either Bethel (Ind.) or College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in Saturday’s quarterfinal.

#9 Davenport picked up a thrilling 67-65 win over No. 8 Bellevue (Neb.). The appearance in the third round is the third in the last four years for the Panthers, tops among all NAIA teams at the Division II Championship.  The Bruins were held 25 points below their season average while struggling from behind the arc, as they finished just 2-18 (11.1%). On the flip side, Davenport did not make a single shot from long-range but connected on 26-37 (70.2%) inside the arc.