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Chaps Receive At-Large Bid to NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship

The NCAA Division II Baseball Selection Show announced the 56-team field for the 2016 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, and the six-team South Central Region field featured Lubbock Christian University receiving one of three at-large bids.

The South Central Region will be hosted by No.1-seed Colorado Mesa at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo. The Chaparrals, in their first season of conference and NCAA postseason eligibility, receive the No.6 seed and open play with the tournament's first game Thursday, May 19, facing host Colorado Mesa (43-11) with the first pitch at 1 p.m. CT. Joining LCU and CMU in the region field is No.2-seed St. Edward's (43-10), No.3-seed Angelo State (35-20), No.4-seed West Texas A&M (36-18), and No.5-seed Texas A&M-Kingsville (34-17).

Blanchette pitches in Chaps baseball gameThe Chaps are 35-17 on the season and completed conference play in second place of the Heartland Conference with a 20-7 record. LCU is 5-3 this season against teams in the South Central Region field. The Chaps have never faced Colorado Mesa in program history. LCU had never played on Colorado soil until playing in a series at Colorado State-Pueblo earlier this season. The Chaps return to the Centennial State to open play against the champions of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. LCU is 8-2 against RMAC programs, 4-3 against Lone Star Conference programs, and 22-9 against Heartland teams this season.

Postseason ventures are not uncommon for LCU. The Chaps made 12 national championship postseason appearances in the NAIA (excludes regional appearances, which the NAIA did not constitute as national championship appearances), resulting in 10 NAIA World Series berths and two national titles (1983, 2009). LCU has made national championship postseason appearances in every season they have been eligible since 2008 (six straight seasons).