KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll, Oregon Tech received one of seven at-large berths into the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship. The eighteenth-ranked Owls will head to the College of Idaho Region in Caldwell, Idaho as the #2 Seed and will open up play on Monday, May 12th at 12:00 pm against the host College of Idaho (29-15) who is the #3 Seed. Along with College of Idaho, Oregon Tech (33-12) will be joined by No. 1 Seed Cal State San Marcos (38-7-1) and the #4 Seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (39-13). The winner of each of the 10 regions moving on to the NAIA Softball World Series held in Columbus, Ga. from May 23-29.
All Oregon Tech games from Idaho will be broadcast locally on ESPN 93.3 FM and 960 AM with Mike Garrard providing the play by play you can listen live here.
Oregon Tech, who won the 2011 NAIA National Championship, will be making their fourth appearance to the NAIA tournament, including their third appearance over the past four seasons. Oregon Tech was the 2014 Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season champion before bowing out of the CCC tournament championship with losses to No. 23 Concordia University and College of Idaho, who received votes in the final poll.
Concordia (Ore.), an automatic qualifier, will be making a trip to the Concordia (CA) region, while C of I found their way in hosting a regional championship in Caldwell.
To help with national travel costs for both the softball team, along with at least five athletes from the Oregon Tech men’s and women’s track and field squads, the Oregon Tech foundation is hosting a “Send-Off” BBQ this Thursday, May 8th at the Crater Lake Complex Upstairs, College Union from 5-7 p.m. You can also help support our Oregon Tech teams and individuals national travel by visiting www.oit.edu/give.
Tickets for Thursday’s event are $10 per person and $5 for students with ID. Help celebrate our scholar athletes reaching their respective National Championships.
Oregon Tech will have a “Media Day” on Wednesday at 4:30 pm at the Oregon Tech Softball Complex.
NAIA Softball National Championship Facts
- For the first time in the history of the sport, the final site championship event in Columbus, Ga., (May 23-29) will be officially called the 2014 NAIA Softball World Series. The previous title was the Softball National Championship final site.
- This championship format occurs for the second time in the history of the sport, which spans back to 1981. From 2005-12, the championship format included pool play with the champions advancing to double-elimination action.
- The 10 Opening Round champions will meet up at the NAIA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ga., for a seven day, double-elimination event starting on May 23. There are four games during the first three days (Sunday is off day); three games on May 27; two games on May 28; World Series championship final on May 29 (if necessary game to follow).
- The 10-team final site bracket will be officially announced May 14 (late in the day).
- The 40-team field will be comprised of 32 automatic qualifiers and eight at-large berths. The 18 conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) will receive one berth per six teams and two berths per ten teams. In addition, two unaffiliated groups will receive one berth each.
- Currently, 200 NAIA schools sponsor a varsity softball program among a membership of 260 colleges, universities and conferences.
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