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2013 Lyon College Baseball Team
Baseball - Sun, May. 5, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Despite dropping four spots and out of the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll in the final rankings of the season on the same day, the Lyon College Scots received the third and final postseason playoff berth from the American Midwest Conference Sunday when the Scots were granted at-large bid No. 11 (of 16) and a spot as one of the 45 qualifiers of the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.

There are nine Opening Round sites across the United States, hosting five teams each. Squads will play double-elimination format as the sole survivor from each site will earn the right to advance to the 57th annual Avista-NAIA World Series on May 24-31 in Lewiston, Idaho, joining host-team Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).

The seeding and brackets for the NAIA Baseball National Opening Round, which will be played May 9-13, will be announced on Monday at 12 p.m. CDT via a free graphical presentation on www.NAIA.org.

Opening Round sites include: Kingsport, Tenn. (Appalachian Athletic Conference); Joliet, Ill. (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference); Daytona Beach, Fla. (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University); Montgomery, Ala. (Faulkner University); Cleveland, Tenn. (Lee University); Oklahoma City, Okla. (Oklahoma City); Claremore, Okla. (Rogers State University); Santa Clarita, Calif. (The Master's College); and Hattiesburg, Miss. (William Carey University).

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 – round out the field. Despite being knocked out of the Top 25 poll, the Scots still received the 26th-high number of votes for the poll.

Since the new playoff format was created in 2009, Lyon College (41-14) is among 10 programs that will be making their debut in the 2013. The Scots will be making their fourth playoff trip overall, the previous regional berths were in 2002, 2005 and 2006. Other newcomers since the inception of the current postseason format include AMC squad Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.), Ave Maria (Fla.), Central Methodist (Mo.), Concordia (Ore.), Martin Methodist (Tenn.), Midland (Neb.), San Diego Christian (Calif.), Science & Arts (Okla.) and Trinity Christian (Ill.).

A third AMC squad, Missouri Baptist, which fell four spots to No. 20 in the final poll, also qualified for the tournament. The Spartans will be joining the postseason for the fourth time since 2009. The Spartans (31-11) received at-large bid No. 7 as they were knocked out of the conference tournament, along with Lyon. Benedictine-Springfield (23-23) earned the league's only automatic bid when the Bulldogs dropped their second game of the conference tourney to Missouri Baptist, 11-1, then defeated Lyon (3-2), MBU (9-3) and William Woods twice (6-5 in 11 inn. and 9-7) to claim the tournament title.

Seven squads within the field have participated in every Opening Round since the format began in 2009 – Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Indiana Tech, Lee (Tenn.), LSU Shreveport (La.), Lubbock Christian (Texas), Oklahoma City and Tennessee Wesleyan. Embry-Riddle, Lee and Oklahoma City highlight the group with four Opening Round championships, while Lubbock Christian and Tennessee Wesleyan own three each.

Seven qualifiers have previously won a World Series title, led by Lewis-Clark State's 16. The Warriors own an event record mark of 120-39 in 31 previous appearances. Lubbock Christian and Cumberland (Tenn.), who both enter the tournament with two banners, are the only other teams in the field with multiple national titles.

2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round Qualifiers

School

Qualification

Record^

OR Appearances*

OR Record

OR Titles

Ave Maria (Fla.)

At-Large No. 12

37-19

1st

0-0

0

Avila (Mo.)

Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up

27-20

3rd

2-4

0

Bellevue (Neb.)

At-Large No. 3

44-8-1

4th

3-6

0

Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.)

American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion

23-23

1st

0-0

0

Cal State San Marcos

Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion

35-10

2nd

2-2

0

Central Methodist (Mo.)

Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

25-11

1st

0-0

0

Concordia (Calif.)

At-Large No. 5

34-19

3rd

4-2

1

Concordia (Ore.)

Unaffiliated Group No. 1 (A.I.I./Cal Pac/Cascade) Tournament Champion

28-26

1st

0-0

0

Cumberland (Tenn.)

Mid-South Conference Regular Season Champion

39-17-1

4th

7-4

1

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

The Sun Conference Tournament Champion

45-13

5th

12-1

4

Faulkner (Ala.)

Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Co-Champion

47-10

4th

3-5

1

Georgetown (Ky.)

At-Large No. 8

35-17

2nd

0-2

0

Grand View (Iowa)

Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion

25-19

3rd

0-4

0

Indiana Tech

Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

31-16

5th

6-8

0

Jamestown (N.D.)

Unaffiliated Group No. 3 (A.I.I./Frontier) Tournament Champion

28-9

4th

3-6

0

Judson (Ill.)

Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

44-15

2nd

1-2

0

Lee (Tenn.)

Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Co-Champion

46-10

5th

13-1

4

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

NAIA Baseball World Series Host

39-13

-

-

-

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion

42-17

2nd

2-2

0

LSU Shreveport (La.)

Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

40-16

5th

8-4

2

Lubbock Christian (Texas)

Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

42-15

5th

11-4

3

Lyon (Ark.)

At-Large No. 11

41-14

1st

0-0

0

Madonna (Mich.)

At-Large No. 6

36-9

3rd

3-4

0

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Unaffiliated Group No. 2 (GCAC/TranSouth) Tournament Champion

38-17

1st

0-0

0

Mayville State (N.D.)

At-Large No. 13

34-6-1

2nd

0-2

0

Midland (Neb.)

Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up

31-24

1st

0-0

0

Missouri Baptist

At-Large No. 7

31-11

4th

3-6

0

Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)

Crossroads League Tournament Runner-Up

32-15

4th

3-6

0

Northwestern (Iowa)

Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

31-17

2nd

3-2

0

Northwood (Texas)

At-Large No. 2

40-11

3rd

1-4

0

Oklahoma Baptist

At-Large No. 4

41-17

3rd

4-2

1

Oklahoma City

At-Large No. 1

47-11

5th

13-1

4

Point Park (Pa.)

Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

39-14

2nd

3-0

1

Rogers State (Okla.)

At-Large No. 16

31-22

3rd

3-2

1

San Diego Christian (Calif.)

At-Large No. 14

37-18

1st

0-0

0

Science & Arts (Okla.)

At-Large No. 9

40-17

1st

0-0

0

South Carolina Beaufort

The Sun Conference Tournament Runner-Up

26-23

3rd

6-3

1

Sterling (Kan.)

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

46-12

2nd

2-2

0

Tabor (Kan.)

At-Large No. 15

38-14

2nd

3-2

0

Taylor (Ind.)

Crossroads League Tournament Champion

34-12

4th

3-6

0

Tennessee Wesleyan

Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

43-16

5th

12-4

3

Texas Wesleyan

Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up

40-16

3rd

6-4

0

The Master's (Calif.)

Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

40-15

2nd

1-2

0

Trinity Christian (Ill.)

Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up

25-22

1st

0-0

0

William Carey (Miss.)

At-Large No. 10

35-21

3rd

4-4

0

York (Neb.)

Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion

41-10

3rd

1-4

0


^Records as report to DakStats by May 5 at 9 a.m. CDT
*Opening Round appearances include 2013

 
 
 
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