BATESVILLE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – It only took moments into Monday's NAIA baseball postseason selection show for the Lyon College Scots to find out what kind of draw they received for the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round Tournament. The Scots will be paired up with two nationally-ranked squads and two teams that are unranked in the double-elimination tourney that begins Thursday on the campus of Rogers State University in the northeast Oklahoma city of Claremore.
Lyon College (41-14) enters the tournament with the second-best record of the five squads and owns the No. 3-seed. The Scots will take on 11th-ranked and No. 2-seed Bellevue University (Neb.) in Game 2 on Thursday at Diamond Sports Complex at 2:30 p.m. The Bruins, who won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, are 44-8-1 and enter the NAIA Opening Round after receiving the at-large bid No. 3. Lyon received at-large bid No. 13 of the 16 available.
Game 1 of the tournament will feature Midland University (Neb.) taking on host Rogers State University at 11 a.m. No. 5-seed Midland is unranked and was the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up. The Warriors are currently 31-24 on the season. Rogers State is also unranked and received the 16th and final at-large bid. The Hillcats are 31-22 on the year, while placing fifth in the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 14-13 record.
The winner of the Rogers State/Midland opening-round matchup will face No. 1-seed and 4th-ranked Lubbock Christian University in Game 3 on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Chaparrals are 42-15 on the year after placing second in the Sooner Athletic Conference to Oklahoma City, but then claiming the SAC Postseason Tournament championship.
If the Scots win their first-round game, they will take on the winner of Thursday's game between Lubbock Christian and Rogers State/Midland. That second-round matchup will be played on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Should Lyon fall in its game on Thursday, the Scots will take on the loser of the Rogers State/Midland first-round matchup at 11 a.m. on Friday.
The Claremore Opening Round Tournament championship will either be played Saturday at 5 p.m. or Monday at 1 p.m., depending on the double-elimination status of teams still playing.
Tickets for the tournament are $10 for adult single sessions and $6 for student single sessions. Ages six-and-under are admitted free.
There will be live video and audio streaming of each game of the tournament at the rate of $9.95 per contest or $24.95 for an all-tournament pass. Purchases can be made at www.rsuhillcats.com/openinground.
Lyon College is hoping to open the postseason on a higher note that it ended the regular season campaign. After posting a 39-9 record heading into the final series of American Midwest Conference action, the Scots dropped three of their last four league games to finish second in the regular season race. Lyon then lost 2-of-3 in the postseason tournament, giving the Scots losses in five of their last seven games. Lyon was ranked as high as 16th in the country this season. They received the most votes of the teams that didn't make the final NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
This will be the fourth postseason appearance for Lyon College. Its previous playoff appearances came in 2002, 2005 and 2006 when they played in the regional round.
Bellevue University had to depend on an at-large bid to make the playoffs after York College (Neb.) won the MCAC Postseason Tournament and claimed the automatic spot in the playoffs from the league. The Bruins have won 13 MCAC regular season titles, 11 conference tournament championships, have advanced to the NAIA Postseason Tournament 15 times and have qualified for the World Series on 12 occasions.
The winner of the Claremore tournament will advance to the 57th annual Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho on May 24-31.