yote notes - edition 14
COMING UP: at Corban (DH), Friday, Noon (PT); at Corban (DH), Saturday, 11 a.m. (PT)
LAST WEEK: vs. Menlo (W 5-4, W 14-4, W 6-5, L 6-4)
LOCATION OF GAMES: Friday’s doubleheader will be played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Ore. – the home of the San Francisco Giants Class “A” affiliate, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Saturday’s doubleheader will either be played at Volcanoes Stadium or on Corban’s home diamond – which has been unplayable due to an underwater outfield.
HUMBERGER WINS #400: With the Yotes win in Game 1 on Sunday vs. Menlo, head coach Shawn Humberger joined some elite company in winning his 400th game at The C of I. The 12th-year skipper joins his predecessor Tim Mooney (505 wins) and former men’s basketball coach Marty Holly (423 wins) in the 400-win club.
GRIFFITHS NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Right-hander Todd Griffiths (Meridian, Idaho / Lower Columbia CC) was honored as Red Lion-NAIA West Pitcher of the Week, announced Monday by the league office. The right-hander picked up his team-leading fifth save of the season in Game 3 of the Menlo series, then tossed seven innings of one-hit relief in Game 4, striking out a season-high seven batters. It marked the second time in his career that the senior has earned weekly honors from the league.
MAGIC NUMBER DOWN TO ONE: By winning 3-of-4 games from Menlo over the weekend, the Coyotes lowered their Magic Number to one for the No. 1 seed into next weeks’ NAIA West Grouping Tournament in Portland, Ore. A C of I victory or a loss by British Columbia would sew up the Yotes first top-seed since the 2002 NAIA West Tournament in Caldwell. Both UBC and Menlo are currently sitting in the No. 2 and 3 spots in the tournament field, while Corban clinches a berth with a win or an Oregon Tech loss. OIT and Concordia are playing for the final berth in the tournament this weekend, as Tech needs to win 3-of-4 in their series to grab the No. 5 berth and eliminate CU. The winner of the five-team tournament will earn an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships Opening Round.
PLAYOFF STREAK EXTENDED TO 26 YEARS: For the 26th-straight season and the 30th time overall, the Coyotes have clinched a spot in the postseason. - compiling an all-time playoff mark of 85-60. Prior to the reinstatement of the program in 1987, the Yotes qualified for the postseason in 1940, 1948, 1949, and 1966 – winning the Northwest Conference title in both 1948 and 1949. Over the last 25 years, the Coyotes have advanced out of the conference/region tournaments in 1994, 1996-00, 2002, and 2010, making four trips to the NAIA World Series – including the 1998 national championship season, while advancing to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in 2010.
12TH 35-WIN SEASON IN 22 YEARS: With their Game 1 victory on Sunday, the Yotes recorded their 35th win of the season, the 12th time in the last 22 years that The C of I has recorded 35-or-more wins in a season. The Coyotes have won at least 25 games each season since 1987, recorded 30-wins 19 times, while they have recorded 40-or-more wins eight times, and have won 50-or-more games twice.
NATIONAL POLL: With three victories last weekend, The C of I climbed three spots to No. 21 in the latest NAIA Top-25 Coaches Poll, released Tuesday. The Yotes received 161 voter points in the poll, 31 more points than last week. LSU-Shreveport sits in the No. 1 spot, followed by Oklahoma City, Faulkner (Ala.), Azusa Pacific (Calif.), and Lee (Tenn.), with Lewis-Clark State ranked No. 9. The poll will be released each Tuesday for the remainder of the regular-season.
NAIA OPENING ROUND SITES DETERMINED: If the Coyotes advance to the 45-team NAIA National Championships Opening Round, the nine campus sites were released last week – with only one on the West Coast. Azusa, Calif. (Azusa Pacific) is the lone site west of the Rocky Mountains, with the remaining sites including – Oklahoma City, Okla. (Oklahoma City), Hutchinson, Kan. (Tabor), Marion, Ind. (Mid-Central College Conf.), Paducah, Ky. (Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau), Kingsport, Tenn. (Appalachian Athletic Conf.), Cleveland, Tenn. (Lee), Daytona Beach, Fla. (Embry-Riddle), and Hardeeville, S.C. (USC-Beaufort). Each site will have five teams playing for a spot in the NAIA World Series, to be held in Lewiston, May 25-June 1.
PITCHING SOLID: The Coyotes have been getting quality numbers out of their top relievers in the month of April – and last weekend was no exception. Michael Garza (Othello, Wash. / Columbia Basin CC) tossed six-plus innings without allowing an earned run, striking out four, picking up two wins along the way. The righty is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in April, spanning eight appearances. Izaac Garsez (Caldwell, Idaho / Caldwell HS) tossed two-plus innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts – and hasn’t allowed a run in seven-plus innings this season. Closer Todd Griffiths has allowed just one run this month in 16 innings of work.
BIG HITTING NUMBERS: The Yotes pounded the ball last weekend to the tune of a .329 team batting average against a solid pitching Menlo club – as Jarel Lewis (Boise, Idaho / Capital HS) went 9-for-16 with five RBI. Lewis has hit safely in 24 of his last 27 games, hitting .439 in the month of August. Third-baseman Jeffrey Harris (Caldwell, Idaho / Wenatchee Valley CC) continued his big month with seven hits – as the senior leads the team with a .460 batting average in April, hitting safely in 20-of-22 games.
CONFERENCE/NATIONAL MARKS: Five Coyotes rank among the NAIA West statistical leaders, as Izaac Garsez leads the league in hits (70), runs scored (62), triples (12), and ranks No. 3 in stolen bases (23) – ranking No. 1 in the NAIA in triples and triples per game, No. 4 in runs per game, and No. 5 in runs scored. Jarel Lewis leads the league in batting average (.433) and doubles (21), while Jeffrey Harris is No. 1 in hits (70), No. 2 in batting average (.407), and No. 3 in stolen bases (23). Tanner Hodges (Sisters, Ore. / Mount Hood CC) leads the loop in RBI (54), with Taylor Nicholson (Emmett, Idaho / Columbia Basin CC) No. 3 in ERA (2.47).
ABOUT CORBAN: The regular-season ends this weekend with a four-game series at Corban, as the Warriors (25-20, 13-14 NAIA West) are in the midst of their best season in years – despite losing six of their last 10. The squad is led offensively by Steven Blum (.357 5 HR 28 RBI), Marc Gallegos (.355 0 HR 24 RBI, 30 SB), and Colby Sokol (.354 7 HR 49 RBI), and on the mound by Justin White (7-4 3.41 ERA), Tyler Doornink (6-3 4.72 ERA), and Ryan Rodriguez (2-1 4.18 ERA, 6 saves). The teams have met 111 times previously, with the Yotes holding a 96-15 series edge.
NAIA WEST TEAM STATISTICS:: Batting Average – C of I .318, L-C State .318, Corban .290, Simpson .282, British Columbia .273, Concordia .271, Oregon Tech .268, Menlo .263, Patten .229; Earned Run Average – L-C State 3.11, UBC 3.62, C of I 3.69, Menlo 4.75, CRB .4.98, CU 5.26, Patten 5.60, OIT 6.11, Simpson 6.95; Fielding Percentage – UBC .966, C of I .963, Menlo .963, OIT .960, L-C State .959, Patten .955, Simpson .955, CRB .953, CU .947.
RECORD BOOK: Four Coyotes have cracked the single-season record book, as Izaac Garsez has set a new record for triples (12), Michael Garza is No. 6 in appearances (24), Todd Griffiths is No. 7 in saves (5), and Jarel Lewis is No. 7 in doubles (21). Four Coyotes have cracked the career record book so far during the 2012 season. Izaac Garsez ranks among the Top-10 all-time in eight categories – No. 1 in triples (30), No. 4 in stolen bases (63), No. 6 in runs scored (168), home runs (24), and RBI (141), No. 8 in hits (207), and No. 10 in at bats (605) and in doubles (38). Chad Yeggy (Boise, Idaho / Centennial HS) is No. 3 all-time in saves (10), No. 4 in appearances (72), No. 6 in innings pitched (212.1), No. 8 in strikeouts (131), and No. 9 in wins (17), with Jarel Lewis No. 9 in hit-by-pitches (30) and No. 10 in doubles (38), while Todd Griffiths is No. 7 in saves (7).
GAME RECAP: C OF I 5, MENLO 4; C OF I 14, MENLO 4: Tyler Andazola (Caldwell, Idaho / Caldwell HS) went 6-for-9 on the afternoon and Jarel Lewis added five hits as C of I swept an NAIA West doubleheader from Menlo College, winning 5-4 and 14-4, at sunny Wolfe Field. The Yotes rallied from a 4-3 deficit in Game 1, getting an RBI ground out by Jeffrey Harris in the eighth to tie the score and Todd Griffiths scoring the winning run in the ninth on a throwing error. Menlo struck first, as Oaks first baseman Will Pierce hit a two-run single down the left field line to highlight a three-run third inning. The Coyotes plated two in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run on a double play ball, with a second run scoring on a drag bunt single by Tanner Hodges, then tied the game in the fifth, as Zach Fabricius (Fruitland, Idaho / Treasure Valley CC) scored on an Izaac Garsez double. John Hanley gave the Oaks the lead in the seventh with an RBI double – just out of the reach of Andazola in center, but the Yotes tied the game in the eighth, as Lewis led off the inning with a double, scoring on a Harris ground out. Michael Garza got the win for the Yotes after a scoreless ninth, as Griffiths singled to lead off the final frame and scored with two outs when Menlo shortstop Coleman Cox bobbled an Andazola grounder and threw wildly to first. Andazola and Garsez had two hits for the Yotes, with Hanley and Ty Finley logging two hits for the Oaks. Game 2 saw the Yotes score eight runs in the opening inning and cruised to the win. Andazola and Lewis each had two singles, two RBI, and one run scored each in the frame – chasing Menlo starter Derek Rodrigues. The visitors climbed back into the game in the third – chasing C of I starter Taylor Nicholson, as Michael Brandi hit a two-run homer, with the Oaks cutting the margin to 8-3. Garza was again the stopper for the Yotes, holding Menlo at bay for five-plus innings of relief, earning his second win of the day, allowing no earned runs, striking out four, without a walk. The Yotes put the game away in the seventh – capped by a two-run homer by Garsez. Andazola and Lewis each went 4-for-5 with three RBI in the win, as the Yotes hammered out 17 hits.
GAME RECAP: C OF I 6, MENLO 3; MENLO 6, C OF I 4: A five-run seventh inning rally in Game 1 gave C of I skipper Shawn Humberger his 400th career victory, as the Coyotes and Menlo College split an NAIA West doubleheader at scorching Wolfe Field. The Coyotes won the first game, 6-3, before Menlo hung on to salvage the final game of the four-game series, 6-4. The Oaks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 1 – as Taylor Cohn had a sun-aided double in the third, scoring on a Cameron Cox sacrifice fly. An inning later, John Hanley scored on a wild throw to third by C of I starter Zach Fabricius, with Collin Forgey scoring on a Will Pierce sacrifice fly. Starter Derek Martinez was on cruise control – allowing just one runner reach third through six innings. However, in the seventh, a Jesse Dodd RBI single got the Yotes on the board – with a bases loaded RBI single by Fabricius getting The C of I within 3-2. A pair of Martinez wild pitches allowed Jake Vincent (Caldwell, Idaho / Blue Mountain CC) and Parker Vernon (Redmond, Ore. / Redmond HS) to score, with a Jarel Lewis RBI single capping the five-run frame. Riley Humberger (Caldwell, Idaho / Caldwell HS) provided an insurance run in the eighth with a pinch-hit RBI single. Izaac Garsez got his first collegiate win, allowing just one hit in two-plus innings of relief. Todd Griffiths locked down his fifth save of the season, entering with two-on and one-out in the ninth, coaxing a game-ending double play. Lewis went 3-for-4 in the win, with Dodd adding a pair of hits for the Yotes. Game 2 started with a bang for the Oaks, as Menlo strung four-straight two-out hits – including a two-run double from C.J. Dailey, to take a 4-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Lewis in the third and a Griffiths RBI single in the eighth got the Yotes within 6-4. The C of I brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Garsez flew out to the wall in center to end the game.
ABOUT THE COACH: The 2012 season marks the 25th year in The C of I baseball program for head coach Shawn Humberger, his 12th year as Coyote skipper. Last season, he led the squad to a 33-21 mark and advanced to the title game of the NAIA West Qualifying Tournament. During his tenure, Humberger has compiled a 400-253-1 record, including a third-place finish at the 2002 NAIA World Series and a trip to the 2010 NAIA National Tournament. He has been named CCC Coach of the Year on six different occasions (2002, 2005, 2006. 2007, 2008, and 2009), along with earning NAIA Region I Coach-of-the-Year and CCC Men's Coach-of-the-Year for all sports in 2002. A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Humberger graduated from Twin Falls High, played for the College of Southern Idaho for two seasons, and played at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for one year. In 1984, Humberger was part of the CSI national championship junior-college team. In addition, he was named to the 1985 Junior College All-America team. Humberger, a 1989 C of I graduate, also served as the facilities coordinator for the J.A. Albertson Activities Center for ten years, is a physical education instructor at the College, and coached Nampa's American Legion baseball program for eight seasons.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information on The C of I baseball program, head to the official homepage of the Coyotes, http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/baseball.