|Eagles baseball team to open play at nationals Tuesday in Lubbock, Texas|
|Kansas City, MO||
May 17, 2010
The Avila baseball team will play its first ever game at an NAIA national tournament when the Eagles face York College of Nebraska at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lubbock, Texas.
The Eagles, 36-12, enter the five-team, double-elimination tournament as the No. 3 seed. York, 44-7, enters as the No. 2 seed behind top-seeded and defending national champion Lubbock Christian, 43-13. Mount Marty College in South Dakota, 35-15, is the fourth seed, while the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, 30-22, is seeded fifth.
Avila qualified for its first NAIA national tournament by winning the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament in exciting fashion, dropping its first game before winning its way up through the losers bracket. The Eagles are ranked No. 23 in the nation, while York is No. 19.
Four of the five teams in the Lubbock tournament, including Avila, will be playing in their first-ever NAIA national tournaments. Lubbock Christian will be making its ninth appearance in the national tournament.
The double-elimination tournament continues until a champion is declared either Thursday or Friday. The champion advances to the Avista-NAIA World Series, scheduled for May 28-June 4 in Lewiston, Id.
Eagles fans can listen to the game on the Web Tuesday. Click on the athletics portion of the Avila Web site and then click on “Webcasts” on the left side of the page. Avila alum John DeRoo will provide the play by play. It also will be possible to obtain updates through the Avila athletics office at 816-501-3634.
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