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Baseball Opening Round Qualifiers 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 45 qualifiers for the 2012 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Sunday. The tournament will take place at nine different sites around the country May 10 - 14. Each site will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament with the winners joining host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 56th annual Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, on May 25 - June 1. The seeding and brackets for the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round will be announced Sunday by 6 p.m. CDT.

Twenty-nine teams earned automatic berths to the 45-team Opening Round field by winning 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 Qualifiers
School Qualification Record^ OR Appearances OR Record WS Appearances WS Record Titles
Arizona Christian Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion 33-21 First 0-0 -- -- --
Asbury (Ky.) Unaffiliated Group No. 1 Tournament Champion 18-37 First 0-0 -- -- --
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) At-Large No. 5 36-22 3 5-4 3 8-6 0
Avila (Mo.) Heart of America Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion 39-14 2 0-2 -- -- --
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) At-Large No. 2 44-10 2 3-2 5 10-10 0
Bacone (Okla.) Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up 28-23 First 0-0 -- -- --
Bellevue (Neb.) At-Large No. 11 39-19 3 2-4 12 20-23 1
Biola (Calif.) At-Large No. 15 26-27 3 3-4 3 3-6 0
Campbellsville (Ky.) At-Large No. 12 36-16 4 6-5 1 0-2 0
College of Idaho At-Large No. 13 38-18 2 1-2 4 13-7 1
Concordia (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 37-16 2 3-0 2 6-3 1
Dakota State (S.D.) Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Runner-Up 28-26 First 0-0 -- -- --
Doane (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion 33-19 2 1-2 -- -- --
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) The Sun Conference Regular-Season Champion 40-16 4 9-1 10 17-20 0
Faulkner (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up 49-11 3 3-3 1 0-2 0
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) At-Large No. 8 36-21 First 0-0 -- -- --
Georgetown (Ky.) Mid-South Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 45-9 First 0-0 1 2-2 0
Grand View (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion 27-27 2 0-2 3 1-6 0
Indiana Tech At-Large No. 9 39-20 4 5-6 6 10-12 0
Judson (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion 46-12 First 0-0 -- -- --
Lee (Tenn.) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 50-8-1 4 9-0 6 15-12 0
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) World Series Host Berth 39-12 -- -- 31 119-37 16
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) At-Large No. 3 41-14 First 0-0 -- -- --
LSU Shreveport (La.) Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 48-4 4 5-4 2 5-4 0
Lubbock Christian (Texas) Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up 33-20 4 9-2 10 23-18 2
Menlo (Calif.) Unaffiliated Group No. 2 Tournament Champion 27-25 First 0-0 -- -- --
Missouri Baptist American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion 37-14 3 1-4 -- -- --
Mount Marty (S.D.) Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 26-26 2 4-2 -- -- --
Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Champion 33-18 2 3-4 2 3-4 0
Oklahoma Baptist Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 46-12 2 3-0 3 3-6 0
Oklahoma City At-Large No. 1 43-9 4 9-0 13 32-25 1
Peru State (Neb.) Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 35-16 First 0-0 -- -- --
Point Park (Pa.) At-Large No. 4 48-9 First 0-0 10 10-20 0
Rogers State (Okla.) At-Large No. 10 42-14 2 0-2 -- -- --
Siena Heights (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 31-23 First 0-0 1 0-2 --
Shorter (Ga.) At-Large No. 7 37-17 First 0-0 -- -- --
South Carolina Beaufort At-Large No. 6 35-16 2 1-2 -- -- --
Southern Poly (Ga.) At-Large No. 16 35-23 4 6-4 2 2-4 0
St. Francis (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 37-15 3 4-4 8 18-14 1
St. Thomas (Fla.) The Sun Conference Tournament Champion 43-12 3 4-4 4 3-8 0
Sterling (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 43-12 First 0-0 0 0-0 0
Tabor (Kan.) At-Large No. 14 41-13 First 0-0 0 0-0 0
Taylor (Ind.) Mid-Central College Conference Regular-Season Champion 37-18 3 2-4 1 1-2 0
Tennessee Wesleyan Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 45-11 4 9-4 2 0-4 0
Union (Tenn.) TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 37-17 4 2-6 1 3-2 0
York (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 39-17 2 2-2 -- -- --
 
^Record as of May 6, as submitted by the school using DakStats Web-Sync process