Claremore Daily Progress

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May 6, 2013

NAIA Opening Round Baseball Bracket released

No. 4 seed RSU battles No. 5 seed Midland (Neb.) in opener

CLAREMORE — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the seeds and site selections for the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. Each of the nine locations will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament May 9 – 13.

Rogers State will host the NAIA Opening Round-Claremore Bracket at the Diamond Sports Complex on RSU’s Claremore Campus. The Diamond Cats enter the tournament as the No. 4 seeded team and will open the tournament against fifth seeded Midland (Neb.) on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m. Midland punched its ticket to the Opening Round as the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up. With a 31-24 record, it is the Warriors first trip to the tournament.

Sooner Athletic Conference foe Lubbock Christian enters the bracket as the No. 1 seed. The Chaps are ranked No. 4 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll with a 42-15 record as they received an automatic bid upon winning the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Saturday.

Bellevue (Neb.) is the No. 2 seed, receiving the No. 3 at-large bid with a 44-8-1 record. It is the Bruins fourth opening round appearance. Lyon College (Ark.) rounds out the bracket as the third seed. The Scots received the at-Large No. 11 bid as they are making their first trip to the Opening Round with a 41-14 record.

Opening Round champions will join host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho, May 24 – 31.

Twenty-nine 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 16 at-large selections – determined by the final NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released May 5 – round out the field.

Ten programs within the field are making their first-ever appearance at the Opening Round, while seven squads have appeared in every event since the format began in 2009. Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Lee (Tenn.) and Oklahoma City highlight the group with four Opening Round championships, while Lubbock Christian (Texas) and Tennessee Wesleyan own three each.

For more information about the Opening Round-Claremore Bracket visit www.rsuhillcats.com/openinground.

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