COSTA MESA, Calif. - Fresh off a NAIA World Series run and a Top-8 finish in the nation, the Blue and Gold have inked three incoming freshman, all from California. All three student-athletes are infielders with one specializing as a catcher.
COSTA MESA, Calif. - There is no rest for the Lions as nine student-athletes have joined collegiate summer ball teams to work on their craft. Their commitment to our nation's past time is evident in their commitment and only exemplified after their NAIA World Series run. Vanguard ended the 2015 season ranked 8th in the country after being unranked for the whole spring campaign.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NAIA announced the 2015 Rawlings-NAIA Baseball Gold Glove Team and Vanguard Jose Rojas (JR/Anaheim, CA) earned the first ever award for Lions baseball. The team was selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee based on defensive merit. Additionally, the 2015 NAIA All-America Teams were released today and Rojas was recognized as an Honorable Mention.
LEWISTON, Idaho - Upon the completion of the 2015 Avista NAIA World Series, the committee released the All- World Series Team and three additional recognitions. David Stone (SR/Huntington Beach, CA) received the Charles Berry Hustle Award.
LEWISTON, Idaho - The Vanguard baseball team's magical run fell short of a National Championship as St. Thomas (Fla.) bounced the Lions from the NAIA World Series. Vanguard (39-22) was the 10th seed in the tournament and the Bobcats move to 46-17 as the 9th seed in the World Series. The Lions ended on the wrong side of the 14-10 score in their third game at the final site.
Vanguard garnered 10 runs on 13 hits and St. Thomas scored 14 on the same number of hits. Both teams combined to use 14 pitchers and the first 10 of them left the game with no decision. This is an NAIA record for a single team (Vanguard) and for combined squads. Five home runs were jacked out with all but one coming for the Bobcats.
LEWISTON, Idaho - One day after playing a great opening game, the #10 Lions struggled through the second inning and found themselves losing 4-1 to #2 Faulkner of Alabama. Faulkner (49-13) stays in the winners bracket and the Blue and Gold (39-21) enters the elimination phase of the tournament.