KANSAS CITY, Mo. -The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) officially announced the 45 qualifiers for the 2011 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Sunday. The National Championship Opening Round will take place at nine different sites around the country May 12 – 16. Each site will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament with the winners joining host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The 55th annual event will be played May 27 – June 3 at Harris Field. The bracket for the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round will be announced Sunday by 6 p.m. CDT.
The nine NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round sites are as follows:
●Daytona Beach, Fla.
●Oklahoma City, Okla.
Thirty-two teams earned an automatic berth to the 45-team National Championship Opening Round by winning their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournament. Thirteen additional clubs earned at-large selections determined by the final NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released Sunday.
Among the 45 teams selected, six will make their respective program’s debut in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. First-time qualifiers include: California State-San Marcos, Doane (Neb.), Edward Waters (Fla.), Hastings (Neb.), Iowa Wesleyan and Rogers State (Okla.).
Eighteen squads are playing in their third-straight National Championship Opening Round. Lee (Tenn.) and Oklahoma City are 6-0 in three trips to the National Championship Opening Round. California Baptist is also undefeated, going 3-0 last season.
Nine qualifiers have previously taken home a World Series title, led by Lewis-Clark State with 16. The Warriors own a championship record mark of 118-35 in 29 previous appearances. Defending national champion Cumberland (Tenn.), who received an at-large bid, and Lubbock Christian (Texas) have won two banners each.
|2011 Baseball National Championship Opening Round Qualifiers|
|Team||Qualification||2011 Record^||Opening Round Appearances||Opening Round Record||World Series Appearances||World Series Record||World Series Titles|
|Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||At-large No. 6||40-17||2||3-2||3||8-6||—|
|Belhaven (Miss.)||Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament champion||43-16||3||6-2||1||1-2||—|
|Bellevue (Neb.)||Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champion||31-20||2||2-2||12||20-23||1|
|Biola (Calif.)||At-large No. 8||36-20||2||1-2||3||3-6|
|Brewton-Parker (Ga.)||At-large No. 10||35-16||2||0-2||2||6-2||1|
|British Columbia||Unaffiliated Group #1 – Cal Pac/Cascade/AII||30-15||3||3-4||1||2-2||—|
|California Baptist||Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season champion||41-14||2||3-0||2||3-4||—|
|California State-San Marcos||Association of Independent Institutions Tournament champion||32-17||First||—||—||—||—|
|Campbellsville (Ky.)||Mid-South Conference regular-season champion||32-19||3||—||1||0-2||—|
|Concordia (Calif.)||Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament champion||35-18||First||—||1||1-2||—|
|Culver-Stockton (Mo.)||Heart of America Athletic Conference regular-season champion||36-15||First||—||2||3-5||—|
|Cumberland (Tenn.)||At-large No. 2||43-14||3||4-2||11||25-18||2|
|Doane (Neb.)||Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament champion||34-17||First||—||—||—||—|
|Edward Waters (Fla.)||Unaffiliated Group #2 – Sunrise/Gulf Coast Tournament champion||33-24||First||—||—||—||—|
|Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||The Sun Conference regular-season champion||47-9||3||6-1||9||16-18||—|
|Faulkner (Ala.)||At-large No. 7||45-12||2||0-2||—||—||—|
|Fresno Pacific (Calif.)||At-large No. 11||30-19||3||6-3||1||1-2||—|
|Hastings (Neb.)||Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season champion||27-21||First||—||—||—||—|
|Huntington (Ind.)||Mid-Central College Conference Tournament champion||22-23||2||0-2||—||—||—|
|Indiana Tech||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament champion||34-18||3||2-4||6||10-12||—|
|Iowa Wesleyan||Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament champion||33-18||First||—||—||—||—|
|IU Southeast||Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champion||37-13||2||0-2||—||—||—|
|Jamestown (N.D.)||Dakota Athletic Conference Tournament champion||31-11||3||2-4||2||0-4||—|
|Kansas Wesleyan||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champion||34-15||3||3-4||—||—||—|
|Lee (Tenn.)||At-large No. 3||44-12||3||6-0||5||11-10||—|
|Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||Host berth||35-14||—||—||30||118-35||16|
|LSU Shreveport (La.)||Red River Athletic Conference Tournament champion||42-13||3||2-4||1||3-2||—|
|Lubbock Christian (Texas)||At-large No. 5||43-12||3||6-2||9||19-16||2|
|Missouri Baptist||At-large No. 9||38-11||2||1-2||—||—||—|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||American Mideast Conference Tournament champion||30-17||2||1-2||2||3-4|
|Northwood (Texas)||At-large No. 13||38-16||2||0-2||—||—||—|
|Oklahoma Baptist||Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up||42-12||First||—||2||2-4||—|
|Oklahoma City||At-large No. 1||43-10||3||6-0||12||31-23||1|
|Robert Morris (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season champion||37-17||2||1-2||—||—||—|
|Rogers State (Okla.)||Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament champion||45-13||First||—||—||—||—|
|Shawnee State (Ohio)||Mid-South Conference Tournament champion||35-24||First||—||1||2-2||—|
|Southern Poly (Ga.)||At-large No. 12||40-15||3||5-2||2||2-4|
|St. Francis (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champion||39-11||2||2-2||8||18-14||1|
|St. Thomas (Fla.)||The Sun Conference Tournament runner-up||25-30||2||4-2||4||3-8||—|
|Tennessee Wesleyan||Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament champion||37-18||3||6-3||1||0-2||—|
|Texas at Brownsville||Red River Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up||35-24||2||1-2||—||—||—|
|Union (Ky.)||At-large No. 4||45-10||3||2-4||1||1-2||—|
|Union (Tenn.)||TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament champion||38-15||3||2-4||1||3-2||—|
|William Carey (Miss.)||Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up||30-25||2||3-2||2||4-3||1|
|William Jewell (Mo.)||Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament champion||33-19||3||5-4||10||8-17||1|
|William Woods (Mo.)||American Midwest Conference Tournament champion||34-16||First||—||—||—||—|
|^Records as of May 8, as submitted by the school using the Dakstats Websync process|