Oh, to be in Lewiston, ID in the springtime! Once again Lewiston is playing home to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) World Series. 10 teams have gathered together for this double- elimination tournament to crown a new champion, following last year’s champs, Concordia (CA), being ousted in the regional playoffs.
The University of South Carolina- Beaufort Sand Sharks (logo above left) and the Rogers State University Hillcats are making their 1st appearance in the final field of 10 teams. The top 2 seeds, the LSU- Shreveport Pilots (riverboat pilots) and the Lee University Flames, respectively, each have a bye in today’s opening round and will play their first games tomorrow.
Among the 8 teams hitting the diamond today will be the (10) College of Idaho Coyotes and the (7) Point Park University Pioneers in Game 1 at 12 Noon ET. The aforementioned (8) USCB Sand Sharks and the (9) Rogers State Hillcats face each other at 3pm ET, followed by the (4) Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs taking on the (5) Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles at 6pm ET. The 10 pm game will feature the host team, the (6) Lewis- Clark State Warriors vs the (3) Oklahoma City University Stars.
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Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the finalized field of teams for the college world series’ in two of the divisions covered here. The NAIA’s College of Idaho Coyotes (logo at left) are the featured team in this post not only because they upset the top seed in their playoff region (Azusa Pacific University) but also because today the college announced IT IS RELAUNCHING ITS FOOTBALL PROGRAM!!!
Yes, for the first time since 1977 C of I will be playing intercollegiate football! But, getting back to the subject at hand, let’s start with the teams making the NAIA and NCCAA Division 1 College World Series field:
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(3) COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES – Champs of the Azusa bracket
(3) SOUTH CAROLINA-BEAUFORT SAND SHARKS – Champs of the Hardeeville bracket
(2) POINT PARK UNIVERSITY PIONEERS – Champs of the Marion brackt
(1) LSU-SHREVEPORT PILOTS (riverboat pilots) – Champs of the Paducah bracket
(3) ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY HILLCATS – Champs of the Hutchinson bracket
(1) OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS – Champs of the Oklahoma City bracket
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With the College World Series’ over now in all the divisions Balladeer’s Blog covers let’s offer a final round of congratulations to this year’s champions. In a way it was The Year of the Eagle since that nickname (one of the most monotonously overused in college sports) is sported by no less than three of the title winners. On the other end of the spectrum the Harvesters have the most unique nickname among this year’s winners so that’s why their logo is featured. Here are the World Series champions in the order in which I began covering their division.
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NAIA – The NAIA World Series Championship game went on until about 1am here on the east coast, so technically they get to be part of Championship Saturday, too. The Concordia (CA) Eagles led the Lubbock Christian University Chaparrals by a score of 4-3 going into the 9th inning. The Eagles added 5 more runs in the top of the 9th then shut out the Chaparrals in the bottom of the 9th to take the title.
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NAIA – The Lubbock Christian University Chaparrals smoked the Lee University Flames by a score of 10-2. The Chaparrals will now play the Concordia (CA) Eagles (who I still say should change their name to the Condors) for the NAIA World Series Championship. That game is scheduled for 10:10pm ET. 7:10pm local time.
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NCAA Division 2 – The University of West Florida Argonauts eliminated the Mt Olive College Trojans today by handing them their second loss of the Series by a score of 5-3. The night game in D2 will be between the Winona State Warriors and the Southern Connecticut State University Owls. ***UPDATE – The Warriors eliminated the Owls by a score of 7-5. The Argonauts and the Warriors will play for the D2 title Saturday at noon.
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Yesterday the D3 World Series champs, the Marietta Pioneers, were crowned. Three other divisions that Balladeer’s Blog covers are still playing their World Series, and I’ll have those scores here.
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This was the final day of the NCAA Division 3 World Series and the Chapman Panthers, with one loss already in the series, did what they had to do,defeating the unbeaten Marietta Pioneers 15-4 to force a second game. The second game was all Pioneers as Marietta eased their way to an 18-5 win, taking the 2011 national championship for D3 baseball!
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Happy Memorial Day! Get your hamburgers, hot dogs and laptops ready for another day of College World Series games in four of the divisions Balladeer’s Blog covers. The Oklahoma City University Stars are among the teams taking the field as the NAIA resumes their World Series after having yesterday off. SCORES UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY
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The West Florida Argonauts are among the teams playing today as the College World Series’ for NCAA Divisions 2 and 3 plus JUCO continue while the NAIA has today off. Their world series will continue tomorrow. SCORES UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
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