Results from the fourth and final day of the first-ever NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, for May 15:
At Lubbock, TX:
#1 Lubbock Christian defeated #18 Wayland Baptist 15-6, to qualify for the Baseball National Championship tournament in Lewiston for the first time since 2006. Ross Blondin went 4-6 for the Chaparrals, with two doubles and a triple.
At Hattiesburg, MS:
#5 Southern Polytechnic defeated William Carey 8-7 late Thursday night to qualify for the Baseball National Championship tournament. The Hornets had a comfortable 8-2 lead going into the ninth inning, but the the Crusaders pushed in two runs in the top of the night, and got a three-run home run by Josh Dannelley to make it a one-run game with one out left. However, Hornets reliever Hunter Dinsmore got a ground out to end it. Daniel Hester was 3-3 with a two-run home run and a double for the Hornets.
At Sioux City, IA:
#13 Fresno Pacific defeated #11 Bellevue 10-1, and the Sunbirds will make their first-ever trip to Lewiston. They got the winning run in the second inning on a two-RBI double by Tyler Pryor, and the Bruins didn’t get on the board until the seventh. Pryor finished 4-5 with five RBI.
At Saint Charles, MO:
#8 Campbellsville defeated Kansas Wesleyan 4-0, and Bryan Fuller shut out the Coyotes for the second straight game. He allowed four hits and struck out seven. He threw 180 pitches in the two shutouts. He also pitched the last three innings in a game against Lindenwood on Thursday; that’s 21 consecutive innings in a 26-hour period. Nathan Quesenberry went 2-3 for the Tigers. They will be making their first-ever trip to the Baseball National Championship tournament.
The field for the NAIA Baseball National Championship May 22-29:
Point Loma Nazarene
Fresno Pacific, at #13, is the lowest ranked team in the field. Three of the teams are in the Southern States Athletic Conference, two are in the Sooner Athletic Conference, and two are in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Prior to this season, it was impossible for two or more teams from the same conference to make it to The Show.