2019 NAIA Softball World Series Bracket Announced

2019 NAIA Softball World Series Bracket Announced
2019 NAIA Softball World Series Bracket Announced

Tournament Central

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – (Bracket) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the official seeds and bracket for the 2019 NAIA Softball World Series presented by Taco Bell that runs May 23 – 29 in Springfield, Mo. The 10-team, double-elimination event will be played at Killian Sports Complex with Evangel Athletics serving as the official host. Advanced World Series tickets may be purchased by clicking here.

Kicking off the week will be the NAIA Champions of Character® activity on Tuesday, May 21. The community outreach program will feature members of all 10 teams visiting the four Boys & Girls Club units in Springfield — Musgrove, Henderson, Stalnaker and Sertoma — from 3-5 p.m. The visiting students will speak on the Five Core Values of the NAIA and share their rich student-athlete experiences. The core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

"The values go well beyond the playing field to the daily decisions of our youth," according to the NAIA. "These character values help young people — and those associated with their development — make good choices in all aspects of their lives and reflect the true spirit of competition." The first day is sponsored by Great Southern Bank.

Evangel University has partnered with the NAIA, Springfield Sports Commission, the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Springfield/Greene County Park Board to present the Softball World Series and affiliated events.

The complete schedule of activities is available online.

The World Series' first pitch occurs on May 23 at 10 a.m. CST between No. 7 Mobile (Ala.) and No. 10 Oregon Tech. Overall No. 1 seed Science and Arts of Oklahoma punched its ticket to the World Series for the fifth time in program history. The Drovers, winners of the Dodge City Bracket, have been ranked No. 1 in each of the last five Coaches' Top 25 Polls to end the year. They are the defending national champions with a 56-2 overall record, Science and Arts of Oklahoma has a bye and will take on the winner of the No. 8 and No. 9 seed game on May 24 at 7:00 p.m.  

Marian (Ind.) and Oklahoma City are both making their fourth consecutive appearance at the series. Ten-time national champion Oklahoma City qualifies for its 32nd all-time NAIA Softball World Series and 27th in the last 28 years. The Stars hold NAIA records for most NAIA World Series wins (127), appearances and national titles. Mobile (Ala.), winners of the Gulf Shores Bracket qualifies for its 20th time in program history. Coming in as the No. 7 seed they are looking to earn their second national title.

All ten qualifying have made at least one trip the NAIA Softball World Series as a program. Amongst the teams, both Vanguard (Calif.) and Valley City State (N.D.) are returning for the first time since 2006.

Three of the ten Opening Round Champions were hosts of the 2019 NAIA Softball Opening Round including Georgia Gwinnett, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), and Oklahoma City.

There will up to 19 games played during a seven-day span on one championship stadium field. There are four games on each of the first three days (May 26 is off day), three contests on May 27, two games on May 28 and the championship final on May 29.

2019 NAIA Softball World Series Qualifiers

School

Qualification Method

Record

WS Appearances

Last WS Appearance

WS Record

Consecutive Apps

Titles

Georgia Gwinnett

Lawrenceville Bracket Champion

42-14

2nd

2018

1-2

2nd

0

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Columbia (Ky.) Bracket Champion

50-3

6th

2015

12-8

1st

0

Marian (Ind.)

Springfield Bracket Champion

52-1

5th

2018

2-8

4th

0

Mobile (Ala.)

Gulf Shores Bracket Champion

53-11

20th

2018

51-38

2nd

1

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Bracket Champion

57-6

32nd

2018

127-47

4th

10

Oregon Tech

Marion Bracket Champion

43-15

5th

2015

13-6

1st

1

Science & Arts (Okla.)

Dodge City Bracket Champion

56-2

5th

2018

10-8

2nd

1

Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon Bracket Champion

47-4

3rd

2018

6-4

3rd

0

Valley City State (N.D.)

Columbia (Mo.) Bracket Champion

54-3

3rd

2006

3-5

1st

0

Vanguard (Calif.)

Hattiesburg Bracket Champion

46-11

5th

2006

10-8

1st

0