May 13, 2013

World Series Bracket:

By Mason Nesbitt, TMC Sports Information Intern

No, The Master's College baseball team will not be playing San Diego Christian in the first round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series.

After beating San Diego Christian for the eighth and final time this season on Saturday in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament, the Mustangs (43-15) secured their first NAIA World Series berth since 2000.

And, on Monday the NAIA released the World Series bracket.  TMC, which will make the trip to Lewiston, Idaho (the tournament's perennial site) early next week, drew Northwood University (43-11).  Game time is scheduled for 12:00 PM (PST) on May 24.

The Mustangs enter as the tournament's No. 5 seed, while the Knights have the No. 4 seed.

"Northwood has put up incredible numbers, it's in the top twenty of the NAIA in hitting and pitching, and is tenth in strength of schedule," said TMC head coach Monte Brooks.  "There's no weak link (in this tournament)."

No weak link is right. Seven of the 10 World Series teams were ranked in the top ten in the final NAIA poll on May 5.  All but one finished in the top 25.

Considering the stiff competition, TMC has definitely gotten hot at the right time, winning 11 of its last 12 games.

That competition is seeded as follows:  Faulkner (Ala.), Lee (Tenn.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Northwood (Texas), York (Neb.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Sterling (Kan.), Missouri Baptist, Rogers State (Okla.)

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to play and to represent the Golden State Athletic Conference," Brooks said.

To learn more about the 2013 NAIA World Series, click here.