2011 NAIA Baseball National Championship Qualifiers and Opening Round Hosts Announced

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.
●Riverside, Calif.
●Joliet, Ill.
●Paducah, Ky.
●Cleveland, Tenn.
●Kingsport, Tenn.
●Montgomery, Ala.
●Lubbock, Texas

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

About Josh Fitzgerald

Enjoying life and Baseball. Playing For Team Usa San Diego,Australia 2012. Represent USA

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