May 24, 2015

Bellevue opens with dramatic win in NAIA baseball opener. York and Peru State face elimination

Todd Nicks is greeted at home plated after beating William Woods out of Fulton, Mo.  (photo/BUBruins.com)

Todd Nicks is greeted at home plated after beating William Woods out of Fulton, Mo. (photo/BUBruins.com)

The Bruins were down to their last strike and sophomore first baseman Todd Nicks launched a three-run homer off of reliever James Ball in the top of the ninth inning to give the Bellevue University baseball team a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over William Woods University Tuesday afternoon in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round at Don Roddy Field, in Bellevue.

Bellevue will face #1 seeded Tabor this afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

The Bobcats fell behind 8-0 and 11-1 before they were able to put some offense together. Peru State mounted a comeback, but it was not enough as fifth-seeded Grand View University defeated the Bobcats 12-7 in Grand Rapids, MI.  The Bobcats face elimination today when they play Mount Vernon Nazarene, OH., at 11 a.m. CT.

York lost their opening game against Concordia, CA., 2-1.  A two-out double put York down 2-0 in the third. They got a run back in the bottom of the 7th after a lead-off walk and wasted a double in the eighth.  York is in a must-win situation, playing Dakota Wesleyan, SD.

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

Peru State has new men’s basketball coach

Former Omaha Central boys basketball coach Eric Behrens made the move official on Friday to take the head coaching job at Peru State, after 13 years of coaching the Eagles.

Behrens had a successful run at Central, posting a record of 283-62. He led Central to seven state championship, three in a row from ’06 to ’08 and then four in a row from ’10 to ’13.

He takes over a Peru State team that finished 9-19 last season, losing their final eight games. The Bobcats play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Peru State claims HAAC title, headed to NAIA tournament

Peru State College (PSC) marked its first season in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) by winning the 2012 HAAC Tournament with a 4-3 triumph over Central Methodist University (CMU), Saturday afternoon in St. Joseph, Mo.

In addition to being the first Bobcat team to win a HAAC title, the 2011-12 Peru State team is the first to qualify for the national tournament. Peru State (35-16) will move on to take part in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, which consists of nine five-team, double-elimination tournaments.

Peru State will be in Paducah, Kentucky as the 4th seed. Bellevue University is also at that site as the 3rd seed. That event will run May 10-14 with the site winner advancing to the NAIA World Series, scheduled for May 25-June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho.

MCAC completes first round of the baseball tournament

The Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament has three of Nebraska schools in the four team double-elimination tournament. #2 seed Bellevue beat #3 Peru State 9-7. #1 seeded York lost on their home field 13-7 to Oklahoma Wesleyan. Bellevue then beat Wesleyan 12-4 to advance to the championship bracket. This morning at 9:30, York and Peru State play with the the winner facing Oklahoma Wesleyan at 12:30 for the right to play Bellevue in the championship on Friday.

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