LEWISTON, Idaho - (Press Book | PDF) Eighth-seeded Faulkner (Ala.) and ninth-seeded Concordia (Calif.) will open the 2011 Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field Friday at 8:30 a.m. PDT. Friday's action features three additional games with No. 4 LSU Shreveport (La.) and No. 5 Lee (Tenn.) taking to the field at noon, followed by No. 6 Lubbock Christian (Texas) and No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist at 3 p.m. and No. 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and No. 10 Tennessee Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m (PDT) 10:30 EST. To follow the live stats click here.
NeuLion will video-stream all games live from Harris Field. Up to 19 games will be played out and will be available via two options: per-day subscription fee (up to four games) of $8.95 or an event fee of $24.95 that shows all seven days of action. Click here to purchase the World Series.
A pair of leagues will have multiple teams playing in the World Series. The Sooner Athletic Conference will be represented by a trio of squads: Lubbock Christian (46-12), Oklahoma Baptist (45-12) and Oklahoma City. Hailing from the Southern States Athletic Conference are first-time World Series qualifier Faulkner (48-13) and Lee (47-12).
Nine of the 10 teams that will be playing in Lewiston advanced to the World Series by winning their respective bracket at the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round held at nine different locations across the country May 12 - 16. Lewis-Clark State (37-15) qualified with the host berth. Concordia (38-18), Tennessee Wesleyan (40-19) and Faulkner each took down the top-seeded club in their bracket to punch their ticket to the World Series. Concordia, who was seeded third in the Riverside (Calif.) Bracket, knocked off California Baptist, No. 3-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan sent defending national champion and No. 1-seeded Cumberland (Tenn.) packing from the Paducah (Ky.) Bracket and second-seeded Faulkner rallied in an if-necessary game to beat No. 1-seeded Union (Ky.) in the Kingsport (Tenn.) Bracket.
Concordia enters Lewiston riding an eight-game winning streak dating back to April 30. During that stretch, the Eagles have outscored opponents 62-32 and have posted double-figure runs in three of those contests. Both Embry-Riddle and LSU Shreveport (45-13) have won their last seven contests.
Lewis-Clark State is making its 30th overall and 13th-straight appearance in the World Series. The Warriors' 30 trips are the most by any team in the event's 55-year history. They have won 16 national championships and have a World Series record of 118-35.
Other previous national champions that will take to Harris Field include two-time winner Lubbock Christian (1983, 2009) and Oklahoma City (2005). Oklahoma City is making its 13th trip to the World Series, while Lubbock Christian is making its 10th.
It has been at least five years since three World Series teams were last in Lewiston. Concordia last appeared in 2006 and LSU Shreveport's last World Series trip came in 2003. It has been 15 years since Oklahoma Baptist last earned a spot in the World Series, playing in Sioux City, Iowa, but the Bison's last trip to Lewiston came in 1989.
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