In the opener of the Oklahoma City NAIA bracket at 11 am, the Jimmies worked extra frames and won their first game 8-5 over Northwestern (IA) in 14 innings of baseball.
Later on Thursday at 8 pm, the Jimmies beat the #2 team in the polls, Oklahoma City, 3-0 behind a truly impressive performance from Blake Stewart.
Game Recaps are at the bottom of this page.
Here are the sites to look at to follow the Oklahoma City baseball bracket :
OCU athletic web site: http://www.ocusports.com
2013 NAIA Championship Opening Round Oklahoma City Bracket: http://bit.ly/10e4DUB
Live video: http://bit.ly/tSWJ0E
OCU visitors guide: http://bit.ly/12Cv47g
Oklahoma City Bracket Live Stats and NAIA Tournament Site:
NAIA Championship Opening Round Tournament
Oklahoma City Bracket
At Jim Wade Stadium
Game 1: Northwestern (IA) vs. Jamestown 11 a.m.
Final: Jamestown 8, Northwestern 5 (14 innings)
Game 2: USAO vs. Sterling (Kan.), 2:30 p.m.
Final: Sterling (Kan.) 8, Science & Arts (OK) 5
Game 3: Jamestown vs. Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Final: Jamestown 3, Oklahoma City 0
Game 4: Northwestern (IA) vs. Science & Arts (OK), 11 a.m. (Loser Out game)
Final: Science & Arts (OK) 5, Northwestern (IA) 4
Game 5: Sterling (Kan.) vs. Jamestown, 2:30 p.m. (undefeated game)
Final: Sterling (Kan.) 13, Jamestown 3
Game 6: Science & Arts (OK) vs. Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. (Loser Out game)
Final: Oklahoma City 7, Science & Arts (OK) 6 (11 innings)
Game 7: Oklahoma City vs. Jamestown, 11 a.m. (Loser Out game)
Final: Oklahoma City 4, Jamestown 0
Game 8: Sterling (Kan.) vs. Oklahoma City, 2:30 p.m., championship
Final: Sterling (Kan.) 1, Oklahoma City 0
Sterling (Kan.) advances to the NAIA World Series.
Jamestown College at Northwestern College
5/9/2013 Oklahoma City, OK ( Jim Wade Stadium)
Score by Innings
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Nolan Skowronek hit a sacrifice fly and Nico Moreno followed two batters later with a 2 run 2 out RBI single in the 14th inning to propel the Jamestown College Jimmies to the first game win at the NAIA opening round in Oklahoma City, OK.
Kacy Gardiner pitched 5.1 shutout innings in relief to hold the fort in the 7th through 12th innings.
Nick Smart finished the final two innings to pick up the win.
Moreno ended the game with 3 hits and 3 RBI, while Skowronek added 2 hits and 2 RBI.
The Jimmies, #5 seed in the tournament, will now play the #1 seed and host Oklahoma City.
Jamestown improves to 29-9 on the season (won 21 of last 22 games), while Northwestern drops to 31-18.
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The following is courtesy of Dave Selvig, Jamestown Sun, 5/10/13
Jamestown College scored three runs in the top of the 14th inning to defeat Northwestern of Iowa 8-5 in opening round play of the NAIA national baseball tournament in Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon.
The Jimmies advance to face host Oklahoma City, the No. 2 team in the NAIA. Jamestown College extended its winning streak to 16 games.
Oklahoma City is 47-11, but JC coach Tom Hager said his team is looking forward to it.
"If they're not the best team, they're one of the two or three best teams in the country," he said. "We talked all week about the opportunity to play these kinds of teams. We're excited and maybe something special will happen."
First pitch is set for around 8 p.m. The Jimmies will send Blake Stewart (4-1) to the mound.
"It was a gutsy win," Hager said. "It got a little frustrating late because we let so many opportunities kind of slip away, but we stuck with it and ended up finding a way."
"Our bullpen guys were great today. They kept us in it and gave us a chance to win," Hager said.
The winner of the five-team, double-elimination tournament advances to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Jamestown College's last trip to Idaho came in 20008, but that was prior to the reconfiguration of the tournament, which now features nine sites with five teams per location.
The following is courtesy of Chris Aarhus, Jamestown Sun, 5/10/13
Every out brought the Jamestown College baseball team closer to history.
The impressive resume of No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City proved to be no match for senior Blake Stewart, who turned in a sparkling performance in a 3-0 win in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament on Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Stewart kept the Stars (47-12) guessing, twirling a two-hit shutout while recording a career-high 11 strikeouts. He walked four, but appeared to grow stronger in the later innings. He struck out the 1-2-3 hitters in the top of the ninth to preserve the win and improve to 5-1.
The win could, perhaps, be the greatest in the history of the program. The Jimmies entered having never beaten a top-five team.
The Stars entered the game with a .309 team batting average, scoring 7.2 runs per game and with a run-differential of plus-251.
JC (30-9) meets 15th-ranked Sterling College (47-12) of Kansas at 2:30 p.m. today with the winner punching their ticket to the championship game.
Jimmies 3, OCU 0
The game was scoreless through the first 6 1/2 innings, but the Jimmies found a way to plate two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Spencer Flaten had a leadoff double, but moved to third while the next two Jimmies recorded outs. However, Nathan Christiuk was hit by a pitch, and Nolan Skowronek singled to left field to score Flaten. Matt Achter followed with a single to center field, scoring pinch runner Ben Holen.
In the eighth, Nico Moreno reached on error and proceeded to steal second and third base. Shortly after, Flaten struck out, but ran to first on the dropped ball by the catcher. Moreno scored on the throw to first.
There were only six hits in the game and Oklahoma City starter Cody Crabaugh was the tough-luck loser, tossing eight innings and surrendering two earned runs. He dropped to 13-2 on the season.
The following is courtesy of Dave Selvig, Jamestown Sun, 5/9/13
On paper, the Jimmies' drew a brutal bracket.
The Oklahoma City site, where Jamestown College will take on Northwestern of Iowa today in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament, is loaded.
Three of the teams in the field are ranked: host Oklahoma City is No. 2; Sterling, Kan., is No. 15 and Oklahoma Science and Arts is No. 23. Even Northwestern got votes and would be 36th.
The combined record of the five teams is 192-66, or a 74 percent winning percentage.
The Jimmies (28-9) take a 15-game winning streak into today's 11 a.m. tilt, but clearly it's a David vs. Goliath scenario.
"There's no question the caliber of teams is pretty high," JC coach Tom Hager said. "But the big thing we've learned about this team is that nothing will surprise us. We're expecting to play well and win baseball games."
By recent standards, this JC roster is not as talented as some of its predecessors.
What they are, though, is resilient.
They didn't get to practice outside until the tail end of April and played only three games at home all season. They spent most of the season on the road, living out of duffel bags.
"Maybe this isn't the most talented team we've had, but in terms of dealing with adversity and being able to stick to the plan and keep grinding away, I've never had another team like them," Hager said. "We've certainly had ups and downs this season, but to get to this point proves this is a very good team."
Northwestern scouting report
Northwestern is 31-17, but lost four straight games at the Metrodome to Mayville State in mid-March. The Jimmies are 3-0 against the Comets, who are the No. 4 seed in the Joliet, Ill., bracket. … Northwestern doesn't hit for much power, only 16 home runs, but they are plus-78 in run differential. They steal a lot of bases, 74 in 92 tries.
Ohmann lighting it up
Jakob Ohmann, the Jimmies' DH, went 7-for-13 in the Unaffiliated Conference Tournament, and leads the Jimmies in batting average (.420) and RBI (33). He's also tied for second on the team in home runs with five. Andy Young also has five. Nico Moreno leads with six.
"He's become our leader," Hager said of Ohmann. "He's gotten so many big hits for us this season."
Fargo-Moorhead products are playing a big role for the Jimmies.
Paul Roers, a former Moorhead Spud, likely starts Game 2 for the Jimmies. Roers is 4-1 with a 4.96 ERA in 45 1/3 innings.
Darren Iseri (3-1, 3 saves), Kacy Gardiner (1-1, 3 saves) and Nick Smart (3-2) have all finished games the last two weeks for the Jimmies. Chris Combo also has gotten key outs in relief. All arms will likely be needed in Oklahoma City with all five teams featuring dynamic offenses.