February 13, 2016

Bellevue loses, winner take all game set for Friday in NAIA opening round


Kevin Rodriquez (photo/Bellevue Athletics)

Top-seeded Tabor College picked up an 11-5 win over Bellevue University Thursday night in the rain-delayed NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round (Bellevue Bracket) at Roddy Field.   The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday in the second championship game. The winner will earn a ticket to Lewiston, Idaho to the Avista NAIA College World Series on May 22-29.

Tabor opened the game with seven-straight singles off Bruin starter Sean McManus for a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Four different Bluejays drove in runs in the opening frame.

Kevin Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the seventh to pull the Bruins to within 6-3. In the eighth, down 7-5 three, Todd Nicks hit a two-run homer to close to 7-5, but the Bluejays pulled away in the top of the ninth, scoring four runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Matthew Molbury to extend the lead back to six runs at 11-5.

Bellevue softball’s season comes to an end


Central Methodist celebrates their win over Bellevue (photo/CMUEagles.com)

Central Methodist celebrates their win over Bellevue (photo/CMUEagles.com)rts,

Eighth-ranked Central Methodist University scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 4-2 win over Bellevue University Wednesday afternoon at the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round – Fayette Bracket.

The loss ended the Bruins’ 2015 season with a 41-14-1 record. The Eagles (44-8) advanced to the NAIA Softball World Series in Sioux City, Iowa on May 22-28.

Shelby Kindelin, Ashley Gigax and Sayde Woten each collected two hits in the loss.

York, Peru State, and Bellevue baseball headed to NAIA nationals

York Baseball Team

York Baseball Team

The York College Baseball team will be traveling to Oklahoma City next week for the NAIA Opening Round and a chance to advance to the 59th annual NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.

York finished the regular season at 39-15 and currently stands at 39-17 after losing two in last week’s tournament. The Panthers earned the #3 seed in the Opening Round bracket and will face #19 ranked Concordia University (Calif.) in the two teams first-ever matchup.

York College played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and it earned them their spot in the NAIA postseason.

Jared Stark, Director of York Athletics, said “We are very excited to again have our baseball team compete in the national championship. This coaching staff works extremely hard and this team shows a tremendous amount of resilience and character. They played one of the toughest schedules in the nation and were able to be ranked in the top 25. Baseball at York College is certainly on an upward trend and I think many have finally taken notice.”

Peru State Baseball

Peru State Baseball

The Peru State Bobcats were given a fourth seed and will be traveling to Grand Rapids, Mich., to face Grand View University, the fifth seed, in the opening round on Tuesday, May 12, at noon EST. The Bobcats topped the Vikings in a double header on March 19.

This is Peru State’s second trip to the NAIA Opening Round having last competed in 2012.

The 14th-ranked Bellevue University baseball team will host an NAIA National Tournament Opening Round Bracket from May 12-15 at Roddy Field on the campus of Bellevue East High School.

Bellevue Baseball

Bellevue Baseball

The Bruins will be joined by Tabor College, William Woods University, Madonna University, and Mayville State University. Festivities will kick off on Monday evening with the traditional banquet which will be held at the Margre H. Durham Student Center. The event is for participants and tournament officials only.

Bellevue is ranked 14th in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25

Stories and photos courtesy of ycpanthers.com, pscbobcats.com and bubruins.com

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.