50th ANNUAL NAIA
WORLD SERIES BRACKET RELEASED
– Embry-Riddle University (Fla.) retains its top seed
for the second successive year at the 2006 AVISTA-NAIA
Baseball World Series. The national championship will
be staged for the seventh consecutive year at Harris
Field on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College in
Lewiston, Idaho from May 26-June 2. LC State also
hosted the series from 1984-1991. In honor of the 50th
Anniversary, baseball icon Buck O’Neil will be the
keynote speaker for the opening banquet on May 25.
Embry-Riddle is shooting for its first baseball title
after finishing as runner-up last year. University of
British Columbia slides in as the tournament’s second
seed and host Lewis-Clark State sits as the third seed
due to bracketing procedures with a 42-6 record. The
Warriors will be hosting a record 15th World
Series, having won 11 national titles on their home
field. Two more titles were won in 1992 and 1999 in Des
Moines, Iowa and Jupiter, Fla.
Three teams from
last year’s tournament return, Cumberland University
(Tenn.), ERAU and Lewis-Clark State. Bellevue
University (Neb.) is making its 10th
appearance after missing last year’s tournament. Four
other qualifiers, Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.),
Lubbock Christian University (Texas) and Saint Xavier
University (Ill.) have been absent for more than a
decade. University of British Columbia, Concordia
University (Calif.) and Seton Hill University (Pa.) are
making their first trip to the tournament.
teams will take part in a free youth clinic on May 25 as
part of the NAIA’s
program. Teams will also visit local elementary schools
during the morning for an interactive reading program
spreads the positive message of the true spirit of
Fans will be able
to catch every game of this year’s World Series on the
Web as the NAIA has partnered with XOS Technologies to
provide live video and audio streams on a pay-per-view
for more information.
Reading from the top of the
bracket down: (All times are Pacific)
Friday, May 26
G2 - #8 Concordia (Calif.) (33-15-1) vs. #9 Seton
Hill (Pa.) (45-18), noon
G3 - #4 Cumberland (Tenn.) (47-16) vs. #5 Auburn
Montgomery (Ala.) (47-18), 3 p.m.
G4 - #3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (42-6) vs. #6 Lubbock
Christian (Texas) (47-15), 7:30 p.m.
G1 - #7 Bellevue (Neb.) (40-17) vs. #10 Saint Xavier
(Ill.) (33-25), 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 27
G5 – Loser G2 vs. Loser
G3, 8:30 a.m.
G6 – Loser G1 vs. Loser G4, noon
G8 – Winner G2 vs. #1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
(48-13), 7 p.m.
G7 – #2 British Columbia (47-12) vs. Winner G1, 3 p.m.
G9 – Loser G7 vs. Winner G5, 8:30 a.m.
G10 – Loser G8 vs. Winner G6, noon
G11 – Winner G8 vs. Winner G3, 3 p.m..
G12 – Winner G4 vs. Winner G7, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 30
G13 – Loser G11 vs. Winner G9, 11 a.m.
G14 – Loser G12 vs. Winner G10, 3 p.m.
G15 – Winner G11 vs. Winner G12, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31 - Pairings for Games 16 and 17
will be determined by tournament committee