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Faulkner Baseball awarded Opening Round Site in NAIA Baseball Championship

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Third-ranked Faulkner has been awarded one of the nine Opening Round sites for the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championships, the association announced Monday afternoon. It will be the first time the Eagles' program has served as a site host, and the fourth time in a row it will participate in the post-season, which culminates with the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, May 24-31.

Each of the nine sites host a five-team, double elimination tournament May 9-13, with the winner advancing to the World Series. The 45 qualifiers and the brackets for the National Championship Opening Round will be announced on May 5. In addition to Faulkner (38-10), two other Southern States Athletic Conference schools – No. 1 Lee and No. 16 William Carey – will host Opening Round tourneys. Other hosts are Oklahoma City, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), The Master's (Calif.), Rogers State (Okla.) and two conferences – the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

"We're excited about having this opportunity to showcase our university," said Faulkner's Patrick McCarthy, who will have taken his Eagles to the national tournament in each of his four years as head coach, including a trip to the 2011 World Series. "We're proud of the quality of Harrison Field, and we're pleased the NAIA has chosen us to host based on our facility and the way we've played this year. Our team has worked extremely hard, and we look forward to playing at home as we try to get back to Idaho."

Faulkner currently trails Lee by one game in the loss column in the SSAC standings, as the Eagles look to repeat as regular season league champions. The regular season ends on April 26, with the SSAC Tournament scheduled for April 30-May 4 in Columbus, Ga.

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