Bryan Softball Opens NAIA National Championship Monday

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the seeds and brackets for the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. Each of the 10 locations will feature a four-team double-elimination tournament. There are 40 qualifiers that will compete from May 12 - 14.  The Bryan College Lady Lions are the No. 4 seed in the Auburn Montgomery bracket.

Auburn Montgomery Bracket
May 12 - 14 | Hosted by Auburn Montgomery | Montgomery, Ala. | AUM Softball Complex

1. Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (38-6)
2. Houston-Victoria (Texas) (33-13)
3. IU Southeast (Ind.) (41-10)
4. Bryan (Tenn.) (29-22)

Monday, May 12

 

Game 1

No. 2 Houston-Victoria (Texas) vs. No. 3 IU Southeast (Ind.)

Game 2

No. 1 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) vs. No. 4 Bryan (Tenn.)

Tuesday, May 13

 

Game 3

Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner

Game 4

Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser

Game 5

Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner

Wednesday, May 14

 

Game 6

Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner

Game 7 (If Necessary)

Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser

 

Pairings for the Opening Round are based upon the following prioritized criteria: geographical location of teams, financial consideration and the final rating from the NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released earlier today. Every attempt is made to not pair Conference/Association of Independent Institutions/Unaffiliated Group teams, but this may be unavoidable.

The 10 Opening Round hosts announced on April 16 are: Auburn University at Montgomery (Ala.), Columbia College (Mo.), Concordia University (Calif.), Davenport University (Mich.), College of Idaho, Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), Oklahoma City University, Reinhardt University (Ga.), St. Gregory's University (Okla.) and William Carey University (Miss.).

The Opening Round field is comprised of 32 automatic qualifiers and eight at-large berths. Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, regular-season runners-up, tournament champions or tournament runners-up depending on the league. Conferences with 10 or more members earned two automatic qualifiers and conferences with less than 10 landed one auto berth. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll released earlier today.

The 10 Opening Round champions will punch their ticket for the 34th annual NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., from May 23 - 29.


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