Loyola hosting NAIA baseball early rounds
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics selected Loyola as one of its nine hosts for the NAIA Baseball Opening Round later this month
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its host sites for the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round Monday afternoon, naming Loyola and Segnette Field as one of the nine sites. The news marks the first time in program history that the Wolf Pack will host an Opening Round tournament, too.
Each of the nine opening round sites will feature five teams. Play will be from May 17-20 and the format will be double elimination. The winner of each will advance to the Avista NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, beginning on May 28, 2021.
Selections of each site were made in part by the NAIA Baseball National Championship Selection Committee. The committee is comprised of head coaches and administrators from around the nation. Selections take into account geography, facilities and host qualification. The application deadline was on April 1, 2021.
The No. 10 Loyola Wolf Pack went 34-11 overall and 16-2 in the Southern States Athletic Conference this season and won the SSAC regular-season crown for the first time ever. Loyola is set to begin the SSAC Championship this week, kicking off the tournament in Mobile, Alabama at 10 a.m. on Wednesday against eighth-seeded Stillman.
More information regarding the Opening Round tickets, broadcast,, and game times will be released in the coming days. The NAIA will announce the Opening Round brackets on Thursday, May 13.
Director of Athletics Brett Simpson
“We’re looking forward to bringing some great college baseball to Segnette Field. Our student-athletes and coaches have worked very hard to have this opportunity and we’re excited that they get to compete in our home park. We anticipate our fans coming out to support the Wolf Pack while showing our guests some great New Orleans hospitality.”
Wolf Pack Head Coach Jeremy Kennedy
“We are excited about the opportunity to host. The guys have done such a tremendous job all year and this is one of the bi-products of their work and dedication to each other. It’s a great step for our program, one that we hope to continue in the future. We are excited to share our city and our facility with the 4 teams who will join us. It will be a fun week of playoff baseball. On a personal note, I’m very thankful for having an Athletic Director in Brett Simpson who is willing to make something like this possible. A lot goes into an event like this and I’m grateful for him and his staff for taking it on. We welcome and need all the former Pack baseball players and families to come out and support the Wolf Pack as we fight to take our first trip to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.”
Opening Round Hosts
Bellevue (Neb.), Bellevue, Neb.
Central Methodist (Mo.), O’Fallon, Mo.
Cumberlands (Ky.), Williamsburg, Ky.
Faulkner (Ala.), Montgomery, Ala.
Indiana Wesleyan, Marion, Ind.
Loyola, New Orleans, La.
Southeastern (Fla.), Lakeland, Fla.
Visit Kingsport/AAC, Kingsport, Tenn.
Westmont (Calif.), Santa Barbara, Calif.
Potential Tournament Schedule
Monday, May 17
Game 1 – Time TBD No. 4 vs. No. 5
Game 2 – Time TBD No. 2 vs. No. 3
Game 3 – Time TBD No. 1 vs. Winner Game 1
Tuesday, May 18
Game 4 – Time TBD Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 5 – Time TBD Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3
Game 6 – Time TBD Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Wednesday, May 19
Game 7 – Time TBD Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 8 – Time TBD Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5
Thursday, May 20
Game 9 – Time TBD Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 8
You can keep up with the Pack by following Wolf Pack Athletics on Facebook at Facebook.com/LoyolaWolfPack, Twitter and Instagram @LoyolaWolfPack, and by checking out our website at LoyolaWolfPack.com
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