NEW ALBANY, Ind. - The IU Southeast baseball team will head to Kingsport, Tenn. for the Opening Round of the 2017 NAIA Baseball National Tournament.
The No. 21-ranked Grenadiers (45-13) earned an at-large bid to the tournament after winning more than 40 regular-season games for the first time against a tough schedule of competition. IU Southeast is the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 2 seed Tennessee Wesleyan at 2:30 p.m. on May 15.
The No.10-ranked Bulldogs (39-18) were the Appalachian Athletic Conference's Tournament Champions. TWC ranks No. 2 in the NAIA with 1.6 home runs per game and a .539 slugging percentage which ranks No. 6 in the NAIA.
The No. 1 seed in the Kingsport bracket is Keiser (Fla.) University which is ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Seahawks (39-18) were an at-large selection to the tournament. They rank No. 12 in the NAIA with a 3.74 ERA.
The No. 4 seed is Talladega (Ala.). The Tornadoes (36-22) earned a bid as the runner-up in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament. Kyle Chavez ranks No. 1 in the NAIA with 13 wins.
Rounding out the bracket is No. 5 Marian (Ind.). The Knights (29-21) were the Crossroads League Tournament Runner-Up. Marian ranks No. 20 in the NAIA with a .964 fielding percentage.
Broadcast information will be posted at a later date.