KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Dakota State University baseball team will be making their debut in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round in Kansas on May 10-14. The Trojans will be playing in the Hutchinson, Kan. bracket - hosted by Tabor College. Each of the nine locations will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament. Each opening round winner will join host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 56th annual Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho on May 25-June 1.
No. 4 seed Tabor (Kan.) (41-13 overall record) and No. 5 seed Dakota State (28-26) kicks off the Hutchinson bracket on Thursday. The winner of that game will advance to play against the top-seed Oklahoma Baptist (46-12) later in the day.
The other pairing in the Hutchinson bracket is No. 2 seed Judson (Ill.) (46-12) and No. 3 seed Rogers State (Okla.) (42-14), which will be played after the completion of DSU-Tabor game.
Times have not yet been determined. It will be announced later. Stay tuned to DSU Athletics website (www.dsuathletics.com) for more updates.
Below is the schedule for the Hutchinson bracket:
Thursday, May 10
Game 1: No. 5 seed Dakota State vs. No. 4 seed Tabor (Kan.)
Game 2: No. 3 seed Rogers State (Okla.) vs. No. 2 seed Judson (Ill.)
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 seed Oklahoma Baptist
Friday, May 11
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (Elimination game)
Game 5: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner (Winner's bracket game)
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 loser (Elimination game)
Saturday, May 12
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 5 loser (Elimination game)
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 winner (Championship game)
Monday, May 14
Game 9: Game 8 loser vs. Game 8 winner (if necessary - second championship game)
The other brackets for the NAIA National Baseball Opening Round are:
Paducah (Ky.) Bracket: No. 1 Louisiana State-Shreveport, No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 3 Bellevue (Neb.), No. 4 Peru State (Neb.), No. 5 Grand View (Iowa)
Cleveland (Tenn.) Bracket: No. 1 Lee (Tenn.), No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), No. 3 Missouri Baptist, No. 4 Avila (Mo.), No. 5 Bacone (Okla.)
Oklahoma City Bracket: No. 1 Oklahoma City, No. 2 Lubbock Christian (Texas), No. 3 Sterling (Kan.), No. 4 York (Neb.), No. 5 Mount Marty (S.D.)
Azusa (Calif.) Bracket: No. 1 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), No. 2 Shorter (Ga.), No. 3 College of Idaho, No. 4 Arizona Christian, No. 5 Menlo (Calif.)
Hardeeville (S.C.) Bracket: No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 2 Saint Thomas (Fla.), No. 3 South Carolina Beaufort, No. 4 Union (Tenn.), No. 5 Asbury (Ky.)
Kingsport (Tenn.) Bracket: No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan, No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.), No. 3 Indiana Tech, No. 4 Campbellsville (Ky.), No. 5 Saint Francis (Ill.)
Dayton Beach (Fla.) Bracket: No. 1 Embry Riddle (Fla.), No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 3 Biola (Calif.), No. 4 Southern Poly (Ga.), No. 5 Siena Heights (Mich.)
Marion (Ind.) Bracket: No. 1 Concordia (Calif.), No. 2 Point Park (Pa.), No. 3 Taylor (Ind.), No. 4 Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), No. 5 Doane (Neb.)
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director