KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 5/7/2012 - The Union University baseball has been awarded the fourth seed in the Hardeeville, S.C. bracket, hosted by the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Union earned the automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships Opening Round after winning the TranSouth Conference Tournament title last week.
Union is one of only 10 teams in the NAIA who have been to all four (four-straight) NAIA Baseball National Championships Opening Rounds. Union is 2-6 in those opening round games over the last three seasons. Union is looking to return to the NAIA Baseball World Series for the second time in school history, and the first time since 1983 when the team finished third in the nation.
Union will open play Thursday, May 10 at 9 a.m. central time versus 5-seed Asbury (Ky.) University. If you wins, they will turn around and play again on Thursday at 5 p.m. versus the 1-seed Faulkner (Ala.) University. A loss in the first game sends Union a elimination game at 9 a.m. Friday, May 11.
The other teams in the bracket with Union will be No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 2 St. Thomas (Ga.), No. 3 South Carolina-Beaufort, and No. 5 Asbury (Ky.). The winner of the bracket will advance to the NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho May 25 – June 1.
Union enters the opening round bracket on a seven game winning streak. The Bulldogs have posted a 19-4 record in their last 23 games to close out the season. Union currently sits at 37-17-1 on the season.
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