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NAIA National Tournament first-round playoffs at Milton Wheeler Field

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The schedule is set for the NAIA National Tournament first-round playoffs at Milton Wheeler Field on the William Carey University campus.

The field was announced today for the 2013 NAIA tournament, which will begin with nine first-round tournaments of five teams each, with the winners advancing to the NAIA World Series at Lewiston, Idaho later this month.

The host Crusaders are seeded third in the Hattiesburg Regional and will open play at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Oklahoma Baptist in the second of three games that day.

Also in the tournament field are top-seeded Northwood (Texas), Central Methodist (Mo.) and South Carolina-Beaufort. Three teams in the field are ranked in the Top 25 in the most recent NAIA rankings. Northwood is ranked sixth, OBU is 14th and Carey is 25th.

The complete schedule:

Thursday
Noon – Central Methodist (25-11) vs. South Carolina-Beaufort (26-23); 3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma Baptist (41-17) vs. William Carey (35-21); Northwood (39-11) vs. C. Methodist/USC-Beaufort winner.

Friday
Noon – C. Methodist/USC-Beaufort loser vs. OBU/Carey loser; 3:30 p.m. – Northwood/CMU/USC-B winner vs. OBU/Carey winner; 7 p.m. – Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 loser.

Saturday
1 p.m. – Loser's bracket final; 4 p.m. – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner

Monday
TBA – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner (if necessary)

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