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Softball National Champs Opening Round Qualifiers

May 07, 2013
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By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 40 qualifiers for the 2013 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. The Opening Round format is a first in the 33-year softball national championship history. The event will take place at 10 different sites around the country May 13 – 15. Each site will feature a four-team double-elimination tournament.

The seeding and brackets for the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round will be announced today at 7 p.m. CDT via a free graphical presentation on www.NAIA.org.

Thirty-one teams earned automatic berths to the Opening Round field by placing first or second at their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments or by winning a regular-season championship. An additional five at-large host berth selections and four at-large berths complete the list of qualifiers. The at-large berths were determined by the final NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released earlier today.

Seven newcomers will participate in the Opening Round: Corban (Ore.), Cumberland (Tenn.), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), LSU Alexandria (La.), Rogers State (Okla.), South Carolina Beaufort and Virginia Intermont.

Top-ranked Concordia (Calif.), who is one of 10 hosts, brings a 45-3 record to the postseason. The Eagles are one of 15 programs with 40-plus wins. Lubbock Christian (Texas) boasts the most victories with a 55-7 mark. Conversely, LSU Alexandria (La.) has the least amount of wins with a 22-28 mark. The Generals qualified as the runner-up in the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament.

Two of the qualifiers have won at least one National Championship, led by the record eight trophies of Oklahoma City. Besides the Stars, no other team has won more than four rings. Lubbock Christian is the other team to win a title, as the Lady Chaps advanced through the 2008 event.

Each of the Opening Round winners will advance to the NAIA Softball National Championship final site in Columbus, Ga., May 24 – 30.

NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of 18 select NAIA national championships, will be broadcasting all 19 games of the national championship final site in Columbus, Ga. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-Championship pass is available for $29.95. For more information, including how to test your computer and internet connection, click here.

For more information on the 2013 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round and National Championship final site, click here

2013 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round Qualifiers

School Opening Round Qualification Record^ Champs Apps$ Last Time Champs Record Titles
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) At-Large No. 2 41-10 2nd 2012 4-2 --
Belhaven (Miss.) At-Large Host Berth 35-12 3rd 2011 9-4 --
Bellevue (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 39-9 6th 2011 2-13 --
Bethany (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament No. 2 Seed 31-16 2nd 2012 1-2 --
Bethel (Ind.) Crossroads League Tournament Runner-Up 26-11 6th 2011 11-8 --
Cal State San Marcos At-Large No. 1 40-10 4th 2012 12-5 --
Central Methodist (Mo.) Heart of America Athletic Tournament Champion 34-10-1 3rd 2012 5-4 --
Concordia (Calif.) Unaffiliated Group (Cal Pac/Golden State) Tournament Champion 45-3 5th 2012 8-8 --
Concordia (Ore.) At-Large Host Berth 34-21 3rd 2010 2-4 --
Corban (Ore.) At-Large No. 3 40-13 1st -- -- --
Cumberland (Tenn.) Mid-South Tournament Runner-Up 36-20 1st -- -- --
Davenport (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Champion 35-12-1 2nd 2011 0-3 --
Dickinson State (N.D.) Unaffiliated Group (A.I.I./Frontier) Tournament Champion 25-14 5th 2010 14-10 --
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Unaffiliated Group (Gulf Coast/TranSouth) Tournament Champion 31-7 1st -- -- --
Friends (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 41-7 4th 2011 3-7 --
Grand View (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Tournament Champion 25-24 2nd 2006 1-3 --
Hastings (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Regular Season Champion 29-12 3rd 2009 3-4 --
Houston-Victoria (Texas) Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion 29-20 3rd 2012 2-4 --
Idaho, College of Cascade Collegiate Tournament Champion 34-21 3rd 2009 3-4 --
IU Southeast Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 36-7 4th 2012 2-10 --
Lee (Tenn.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion 44-9 8th 2012 12-12 --
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South Tournament Champion 48-8 4th 2012 5-4 --
LSU Alexandria (La.) Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Runner-Up 22-28 1st -- -- --
Lubbock Christian (Texas) Sooner Athletic Tournament Champion 55-7 6th 2012 18-8 1
Marian (Ind.) Crossroads League Tournament Champion 31-9 2nd 2003 0-2 --
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) Heart of America Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 28-13 3rd 2011 2-4 --
Morningside (Iowa) Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion 31-14 6th 2012 4-11 --
Northwood (Texas) Red River Athletic Tournament Champion 29-17 4th 2011 1-8 --
Oklahoma City At-Large Host Berth 47-12 28th 2012 110-40 8
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 45-7 9th 2012 11-15 --
Park (Mo.) At-Large Host Berth 30-9 2nd 2009 1-2 --
Reinhardt (Ga.) Appalachian Athletic Regular Season Champion 40-6 3rd 2012 2-4 --
Rogers State (Okla.) At-Large Host Berth 38-17 1st -- -- --
Saint Xavier (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 46-6 6th 2009 8-9 --
South Carolina Beaufort The Sun Tournament Champion 41-4 1st -- -- --
Spring Hill (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 41-14 4th 2003 6-6 --
St. Gregory's (Okla.) At-Large No. 4 34-15 6th 2012 17-12 --
Virginia Intermont Appalachian Athletic Tournament Champion 36-12 1st -- -- --
William Woods (Mo.) American Midwest Tournament Champion 24-14 11th 2011 10-24 --
Williams Baptist (Ark.) American Midwest Regular Season Champion 40-6 2nd 2012 2-1 --

& National Championship overall appearances; 1st year for Opening Rounds
^ taken from DakStats, which is submitted by the school