April 22, 2014
Categories: General News
Tabor College has been selected as one of nine colleges/conferences to host the sixth annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Baseball National Championship Opening Round tournament. The tournament will be held at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson, Kan., during the week of May 12-15.
This will be the second time since 2012 that Tabor College has hosted an Opening Round tournament.
“We are excited to again be hosting a NAIA opening-round baseball tournament,” said Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics at Tabor College. “Our team has had another outstanding season. Our baseball team, being ranked as high as number 10 in the nation, has secured this opportunity for us.”
There are eight other colleges/conferences hosting the other Opening Round tournaments; Appalachian Athletic Conference in Kingsport, Tenn., Belhaven University (Miss.) in Jackson, Miss., Crossroads League in Marion, Ind., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) in Daytona Beach, Fla., Faulkner University (Ala.) in Montgomery, Ala., Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville Ga., Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., and The Master’s College (Calif.) in Santa Clarita, Calif.
The 45 qualifying teams and the nine brackets will be released by the NAIA on May 9. Every team will compete in a double elimination tournament, with the nine winners of each Opening Round advancing to the 2014 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho May 23-30.
Currently the Tabor College baseball team is ranked 14th in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll with a 39-10 overall record and a 20-4 record in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).
“It is a blessing to watch our players and coaches perform at such a high level,” Allen added. “We look forward to competing for the right to play in the NAIA College World Series in Idaho.”
Holly Leiker, sales manager for the Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau, said that the community is thrilled have baseball fans and the Tabor College baseball team coming to compete in Hutchinson.
“Hobart-Detter is a great baseball facility and we are excited that Tabor College has chosen Hutchinson as the host site,” Leiker said. “The NAIA and KCAC are great organizations to work with and we are looking forward to having the players, coaches and fans in town for the tournament.”