AZUSA, Calif. -- As Azusa Pacific puts together one of its best seasons in recent years, the Cougar baseball program has been selected to host one of the nine NAIA National Baseball Championship Opening Round tournaments. The Cougar Baseball Complex will hold the five-team double elimination tournament on May 10-14, with the winner advancing to Lewiston, Idaho for the NAIA World Series on May 25 - June 1.
Pending national tournament selection, Azusa Pacific (33-8), which is currently ranked 5th in the NAIA, will get the opportunity to return to the World Series for the first time since 2008 on a field where the Cougars have posted an 18-1 home record this season. On May 6, the NAIA will select 45 total qualifiers to participate in Opening Rounds throughout the nation, and the winners will join NAIA World Series host Lewis-Clark State College to round out the 10-team World Series field in Lewiston, Idaho.
Azusa Pacific was the only school on the West Coast selected to host the Opening Round and is hosting the event for the second time. The first time the Cougars fought for a chance at the World Series at home they fell to the bracket’s No. 1 seed, Point Loma Nazarene, in the Championship game in 2009 after making back-to-back World Series appearances under the previous regional and super regional qualification format in 2007 and 2008.