MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- The Central Baptist College baseball team received its NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round draw and will be the third seed at the Montgomery Bracket, played at the AUM Baseball Complex from May 17-20.
The Mustangs will be joined in the bracket by No. 1 seed Auburn Montgomery ,No. 2 seed Keiser (Fla.), No. 4 seed LSU-Shreveport and No. 5 seed Indiana Wesleyan.
Each of the nine host sites will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament with the winners joining host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 60th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, from May 27-June 3.
Following a 45-12 regular season, the Warhawks earned the No. 1 seed at the site after earning an automatic berth as the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up. AUM was ranked No. 6 in the final 2016 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which was released earlier today. The Warhawks will be making their fifth trip to the Opening Round Tournament, where it sports a 7-8 all-time record.
Keiser, The Sun Conference Tournament Champion, enters the tournament with a 37-20 overall record and were ranked 25th in the final Coaches' poll. The Seahawks are making their second trip to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round tournament, recording a 1-2 record in the previous appearance.
The No. 3 seed will be the Mustangs of Central Baptist College from Conway, Ark. The Mustangs finished the regular season with a 44-14 overall record and won the American Midwest Conference Tournament. In the final NAIA Baseball Coaches' Poll, Central Baptist was receiving votes. The Mustangs will be making their first appearance in the Opening Round Tournament.
The Red River Athletic Conference Tournament champion LSU Shreveport will be the No. 4 seed at the site and enter the tournament with a 38-18 record. The Pilots are making their eighth appearance in the Opening Round Tournament and have recorded a 14-10 record in previous appearances. LSUS was listed among the others receiving votes in the final NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 poll.
The final team at the Opening Round site is Indiana Wesleyan. The Wildcats were the Crossroads League Co-Tournament Champions and enter the Opening Round tournament with a 36-23-1 overall record. IWU is making its first Opening Round appearance.
Tournament Schedule and Bracket (All Times are CST)
Tuesday, May 17
Game 1 - No. 4 LSU-Shreveport vs. No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan - 11 a.m.
Game 2 - No. 2 Keiser vs. No. 3 Central Baptist - 3 p.m. (LIVE STATS) (LIVE VIDEO)
Game 3 - No. 1 AUM vs. Winner of Game 1 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18
Game 4 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser - 11 a.m.
Game 5 - Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner - 3 p.m.
Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser - 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 19
Game 7 - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 5 Loser - 3 p.m.
Game 8 - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner - 7 p.m.
Friday, May 20
Game 9 (if necessary) - Game 8 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser - 2 p.m.
Darryl McPhate ll Sports Information ll Central Baptist College