USAO

The USAO baseball team is the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Avista NAIA World Series.

Editor's note: Nine Opening Round champions advanced to the World Series. Lewis-Clark State held an automatic bid. The Express-Star regrets the error.

The Avista NAIA World Series is scheduled to begin Friday.

The World Series features nine Opening Round champions competing in Lewiston, Idaho, for the chance to win a national championship. 

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is one of the 10 teams scheduled to compete. USAO is the No. 2 seed in the bracket and went 3-0 in Santa Barbara, California. USAO enters the World Series on a 25-game win streak and has not lost a game since March 26.

The Sooner Athletic Conference champion will not begin play until Saturday and will play the winner of Freed-Hardeman University and Lewis-Clark State College at 7 p.m. in Idaho and 9 p.m. in Oklahoma.

FHU is seeded seventh in the bracket with a record of 47-15. The Lions advanced out of Henderson, Tennessee, going 4-1 in the bracket and defeating No. 1 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan University two times.

LCSC is seeded 10th in the bracket and held an automatic berth in the World Series as the host of the event. The Warriors are 34-13-1 this season.

Tennessee Wesleyan University is the top seed in this year’s bracket after going 4-1 in Kingsport, Tennessee. TWU has a record of 52-9 on the season.

Southeastern University is the third seed in this year’s bracket. SEU is looking to defend its 2018 national title. The Fire went 3-0 in Macon, Georgia, and they have a 51-10 record.

Faulkner is seeded fourth in this year’s bracket after going 3-0 as the top seed in Montgomery, Alabama. The Eagles are 49-10 this season.

Georgia Gwinnett College is the fifth seed. GGC advanced to the World Series out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, where it went 3-0 as the top seed. GGC is 46-11 this season.

GGC and USAO are the only two schools to be represented in the baseball and softball World Series.

St. Thomas University is seeded sixth and will play conference foe SEU in the two teams’ first game of the tournament. The Bobcats went 3-0 in Miami Gardens, Florida, and they have a 45-13 record this season.

Indiana Tech is the No. 8 seed, advancing to the World Series as the No. 2 seed in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The Warriors went 3-0 in the bracket and defeated the No. 1 seed in the championship. The Warriors are 41-14-1 this season.

No. 9 seed Bellevue University was the lowest seed out of all the Opening Rounds to advance. Seeded third in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Bruins went 3-0 to advance to the World Series with a record of 46-14. 

World Series seeds

1. Tennessee Wesleyan

2. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

3. Southeastern

4. Faulkner

5. Georgia Gwinnett

6. St. Thomas

7. Freed-Hardeman

8. Indiana Tech

9. Bellevue

10. Lewis-Clark State

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