Revised format adds pressure for top teams
Lubbock Christian University’s six-year-old softball program has made it to the NAIA national championships each of its first five seasons, but now it’s a trickier proposition.
Only 10 teams advance to the finals site, rather than 32 as in past years.
The NAIA added a regional-tournament layer, one that No. 2 LCU (55-7) gets to navigate on its home field. The NAIA National Championship Opening Round begins today at 10 sites across the country, each hosting a four-team, double-elimination bracket.