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NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round Begins Thursday

Published by on May 10, 2012

Thursday will mark the day 45 qualifying schools begin their journey to become the country’s best collegiate baseball team. 

Last year the Concordia Eagles became the first team from the Golden State Athletic Conference to win the World Series. 

The Eagles return to defend their crown as the top seed in the Marion Bracket. But they will face some serious competition in LSU Shreveport (La.) (48-4), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (44-10), Tennessee Wesleyan (45-11), Concordia (Calif.) (37-16), Oklahoma City (43-9), Lee (Tenn.) (50-8-1), Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (40-16), Oklahoma Baptist (46-12) and Faulkner (Ala.) (49-11), all teams earning tops seeds in their respective brackets. 

Of the 45 qualifying schools, 15 are making their first opening round appearance and 10 are playing in their fourth consecutive opening round; Lee, Oklahoma, Concordia and Oklahoma Baptist. 

NAIA powerhouse and tournament host Lewis-Clark State (40-12) has 16 titles and will be looking to return to NAIA dominance. 

All opening-round action can be followed Bleacher Report - College Baseball
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