King prepares for NCCAA Mid-East Baseball Tournament
First for the Tornado in Tuesday's opening round will be a 4 p.m. contest against Mid-Continent (Ky.) University. King wrapped the regular season up with a 22-22 record while Mid-Continent went 24-29. The Tornado won last year's region championship to earn a bid to the NCCAA Division I World Series where the team finished in a tie for seventh.
The event starts when top-seed Asbury (Ky.) University takes on Covenant (Ga.) College at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Asbury has a 36-12-2 record while Covenant stands at 24-14. The 1 p.m. contest features Oakland City (Ind.) University, the No. 2 seed, playing last year's national runner-up Bluefield (Va.) College. Oakland City comes into Bristol at 17-13 with Bluefield owning a 26-26 record.
Wednesday's games will feature all six teams. Thursday will have three more games with the bracket to be determined based on the number of teams remaining after Wednesday.
The six-team double-elimination tournament runs through Friday with the champion earning the automatic bid to the NCCAA Division I World Series.
Last season King defeated host Covenant for the region crown.
2011 NCCAA Mid-East Region Baseball Tournament
Tuesday, May 10
Game 1 - (1) Asbury vs. (6) Covenant, 10 a.m.
Game 2 - (2) Oakland City vs. (5) Bluefield, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - (3) King vs. (4) Mid-Continent, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11
Game 4 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 12
Game 7 - TBD, 10 a.m.
Game 8 - TBD, 1 p.m.
Game 9 - TBD, 4 p.m.
Friday, May 13
Game 10 - 12 p.m.
Game 11 - 3 p.m.