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Baseball Opening Round Brackets Announced

May 06, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the pairings and site selections for the 2012 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Sunday. Each of the nine locations will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament May 10 - 14.

Opening Round winners will join host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 56th annual Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, May 25 - June 1.

Twenty-nine teams earned automatic berths to the 45-team Opening Round by winner their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments or regular-season championships. An additional 16 at-large selections - determined by the final NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released Sunday - round out the field.

Among the 45 teams selected, 15 will make their respective program's debut in the Opening Round. Newcomers include: Arizona Christian, Asbury (Ky.), Bacone (Okla.), Dakota State (S.D.), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Georgetown (Ky.), Judson (Ill.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Menlo (Calif.), Peru State (Neb.), Point Park (Pa.), Siena Heights (Mich.), Shorter (Ga.), Sterling (Kan.) and Tabor (Kan.).

Ten squads are playing in their fourth-straight Opening Round. Lee (Tenn.) and Oklahoma City are a perfect 9-0 in four trips, while defending champion Concordia (Calif.) and Oklahoma Baptist are also undefeated, going 3-0 in Opening Round games a year ago.

Six qualifiers have previously won a World Series title, led by Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) with 16. The Warriors own a championship record mark of 119-37 in 30 previous appearances. Lubbock Christian (Texas), who enters the tournament with two banners, is the only other team in the field with multiple national titles.

2012 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round Brackets
Bracket Team
Paducah Bracket No. 1 LSU Shreveport (La.)
Hosted by Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau - Paducah, Ky. No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
  No. 3 Bellevue (Neb.)
  No. 4 Peru State (Neb.)
  No. 5 Grand View (Iowa)
   
Cleveland Bracket No. 1 Lee (Tenn.)
Hosted by Lee University (Tenn.) - Cleveland, Tenn. No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
  No. 3 Missouri Baptist
  No. 4 Avila (Mo.)
  No. 5 Bacone (Okla.)
   
Oklahoma City Bracket No. 1 Oklahoma City
Hosted by Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, Okla. No. 2 Lubbock Christian (Texas)
  No. 3 Sterling (Kan.)
  No. 4 York (Neb.)
  No. 5 Mount Marty (S.D.)
   
Azusa Bracket No. 1 Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
Hosted by Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) - Azusa, Calif. No. 2 Shorter (Ga.)
  No. 3 College of Idaho
  No. 4 Arizona Christian
  No. 5 Menlo (Calif.)
   
Hardeeville Bracket No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.)
Hosted by University of South Carolina Beaufort - Hardeeville, S.C. No. 2 St. Thomas (Fla.)
  No. 3 South Carolina Beaufort
  No. 4 Union (Tenn.)
  No. 5 Asbury (Ky.)
   
Kingsport Bracket No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan
Hosted by Appalachian Athletic Conference - Kingsport, Tenn. No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.)
  No. 3 Indiana Tech
  No. 4 Campbellsville (Ky.)
  No. 5 St. Francis (Ill.)
   
Hutchinson Bracket No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist
Hosted by Tabor College (Kan.) - Hillsboro, Kan. No. 2 Judson (Ill.)
  No. 3 Rogers State (Okla.)
  No. 4 Tabor (Kan.)
  No. 5 Dakota State (S.D.)
   
Daytona Beach Bracket No. 1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) - Daytona Beach, Fla. No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
  No. 3 Biola (Calif.)
  No. 4 Southern Poly (Ga.)
  No. 5 Siena Heights (Mich.)
   
Marion Bracket No. 1 Concordia (Calif.)
Hosted by Mid-Central College Conference - Marion, Ind. No. 2 Point Park (Pa.)
  No. 3 Taylor (Ind.)
  No. 4 Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
  No. 5 Doane (Neb.)