KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Upsets headlined day one of the 2012 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, which kicked off action on Thursday at nine different sites across the country. Lower seeds finished the day with a 15-12 record, including a pair of victories by fifth seeds Doane (Neb.) and Menlo (Calif.)
Doane opened the afternoon with a 7-6 extra inning victory over fourth seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio). In the nightcap, the Tigers defeated defending national champion and top seeded Concordia (Calif.), 4-3. Menlo followed suit with an 8-5 victory against fourth seeded Arizona Christian and an 11-7 win against No. 1 Azusa Pacific (Calif.).
The other storyline of the first day was the success of tournament newcomers. Nine teams claimed their respective program's first Opening Round victory. Those teams included: Bacone (Okla.), Menlo, Point Park (Pa.), Peru State (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Sterling (Kan.), Siena Heights (Mich.), Tabor (Kan.) and Rogers State (Okla.)
Individually, Mount Marty's (S.D.) Jason Schmidt arguably had the day's top single-game performance in the Lancer's 8-7 victory against fourth seeded York (Neb). Schmidt ended the contest 3-for-3 from the dish with three runs scored, three RBIs, two walks and two home runs, including a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth.
The five-team double-elimination bracket will resume Friday with three games, followed by two games on Saturday and if necessary games on Sunday and Monday.
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