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May 3, 2016

NSAA PRESS RELEASE - NSAA BASEBALL BRACKET

MADISON, S.D. – The brackets for the 2016 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Baseball Postseason Tournament are set, announced by the conference office Monday.  Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.) are this year's hosts for the conference tournament, with the opening round starting on Friday, May 6.

Top eight seeds advance to the NSAA Baseball Postseason Conference Tournament, which will feature two brackets – Bracket A and Bracket B – using a four-team double-elimination format within each bracket.

Bellevue (Neb.) (43-9 overall record, 20-3 NSAA conference record) has claimed the league's first automatic bid to the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round after winning the regular-season conference tournament.  They will play in Bracket A and will face No. 8 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (18-33, 9-14 NSAA) on Friday at 3 p.m. at Charlie Brown Memorial Stadium in Valley City, N.D.

No. 4 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (25-25, 12-10 NSAA) and No. 5 seed Waldorf (Iowa) (17-31, 13-11 NSAA) will kick off the conference tournament Friday at 12 p.m.in Valley City in Bracket A section.

Dakota State (S.D.) (20-25, 13-10 NSAA), the third-seeded team in the conference tournament, will be in the Bracket B section of the NSAA Baseball Postseason Tournament.  The Trojans face No. 6 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (26-26, 12-11 NSAA) at 1 p.m. at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown, N.D.

Following Trojans-Comets game, No. 2 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (47-7, 18-5 NSAA) takes on No. 7 seed Viterbo (Wis.) (15-29, 11-13 NSAA) at 4 p.m. in Jamestown.

The tournament continues on Saturday with a winner's bracket game and a pair of loser's out games.  The final two remaining teams in each bracket will play on Sunday for a berth to the NSAA Baseball Postseason's championship game, which is slated for Monday at either 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. depending on the results of Sunday's games.

The tournament champion receives the second NSAA"s automatic berth to the NAIA Baseball national Championship Opening Round, which will be played on May 17-20 at nine different campus sites announced by the NAIA. 

If Bellevue advanced to the NSAA Postseason Baseball Conference Tournament's championship game, the Bracket B winner will receive the second NSAA's automatic bid to the national tournament.

All games are nine (9) innings with 10-run mercy rule after 7 innings.  There will be no 10-run rule in the championship game.

2016 North Star Athletic Association Baseball Championship – hosted by University of Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.)
(Overall Record, NSAA record)

Friday, May 6, 2016
Bracket A – Charlie Brown Stadium – Valley City, N.D.
Game 1:  No. 5 seed Waldorf (Iowa) (17-31, 13-11 NSAA) vs. No. 4 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (25-25, 12-10 NSAA) – 12 p.m.
Game 2:  No. 8 seed Valley City State (N.D.) (18-33, 9-14 NSAA) vs. No. 1 seed Bellevue (Neb.) (43-9, 20-3 NSAA) – 3 p.m.

Bracket B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
Game 1:  No. 6 seed Mayville State (N.D.) (26-26, 12-11 NSAA) vs. No. 3 seed Dakota State (S.D.) (20-25, 13-10 NSAA) – 1 p.m.
Game 2:  No. 7 seed Viterbo (Wis.) (15-29, 11-13 NSAA) vs. No. 2 seed Jamestown (N.D.) (47-7, 18-5 NSAA) – 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Bracket A – Charlie Brown Stadium – Valley City, N.D.
Game 3 (Loser's Out Game):  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 11 a.m.
Game 4 (Winner's Bracket Game):  Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 2 p.m.
Game 5 (Loser's Out Game):  Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 5 p.m.

Bracket B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
Game 3 (Loser's Out Game):  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 12 p.m.
Game 4 (Winner's Bracket Game):  Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 3 p.m.
Game 5 (Loser's Out Game):  Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Bracket A and B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
Game 6 (Bracket B):  Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 11 a.m.
Game 6 (Bracket A):  Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 2 p.m.

Monday, May 9, 2016
Bracket A and B – Jack Brown Stadium – Jamestown, N.D.
If necessary when Loser Game 6 records its first loss in the conference tournament
Bracket A Game – 11 a.m.
Bracket B Game – 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Championship Game:   Bracket A winner vs. Bracket B winner – 2 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Winner advances to 2016 NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round on May 17-20

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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