NAIA Baseball Opening Round Qualifiers and Parings Announced

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Baseball | Thu, May 13, 2021

NAIA Opening Round Qualifiers | Opening Round Schedule

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Cumberlands (Ky.) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) qualified for the NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round, the national office announced Thursday.

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The opening round of the national tournament begins on Monday, May 17 at nine host sites across the NAIA and the five-team, double-elimination brackets are slated to be finished on Thursday, May 20.

Cumberlands is the No. 1 seed in the Williamsburg (Ky.) bracket and earned one of the Mid-South Conference’s automatic bids. The Tigers will face the winner of fourth-seeded Point Park (Pa.) and No. 5 seed Mayville State (N.D.).  Second-seeded LSU Shreveport (La.) will take on third-seeded Reinhardt.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) earned the conference’s second automatic  bid and is the No. 4 seed in the Montgomery, Alabama bracket. The Lions open up bracket play against fifth-seeded Our Lady of the Lake. The winner of the matchup will face top-seeded Vanguard (Calif.). Faulkner (Ala.) is the No. 2 seed in the bracket and will face third-seeded St. Thomas (Fla.).

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The field consists of 30 automatic qualifiers – given to conference regular-season champions, tournament champions or tournament runners-up – and 15 at-large teams. Conferences with 10-or-more members receive two automatic qualifiers, while leagues with less than 10 get one.

The nine opening round champions join Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 64th annual Avista NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, May 28 – June 4.

Opening round action begins at the 10 host sites on May 17.

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