The University of Houston-Victoria will be the headed to Jackson, Miss., as the fifth seed in the Jackson Bracket for the NAIA National Baseball Championship Opening Round.


The Jaguars (23-31) will face fourth-seeded Sterling (Kan.) in the opening game on Monday, with the winner advancing to face the top seed, Oklahoma Wesleyan (52-6) in the double elimination tournament. Sterling comes into the tournament at 39-18.


Also in the bracket will be second-seeded Oklahoma City (33-17) and third-seeded and host Belhaven (40-19).


The Jackson Bracket is one of nine five-team opening round double-elimination tournaments that will open on Monday. The nine winners will advance to the 58th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho, on May 23-30. The will be joined by host Lewis-Clark State.


Jackson Bracket
May 12 - 15 | Smith-Willis Stadium | Hosted by Belhaven University (Miss.)

1. Oklahoma Wesleyan

2. Oklahoma City

3. Belhaven (Miss.)

4. Sterling (Kan.)

5. Houston-Victoria


Monday, May 12

Game 1 – No. 4 Sterling (Kan.) vs. No. 5 Houston-Victoria, TBA

Game 2 – No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 3 Belhaven, TBA

Game 3 – No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan vs. Winner Game 1, TBA

Tuesday, May 13

Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, TBA

Game 5 – Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, TBA

Game 6 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, TBA

Wednesday, May 14

Game 7 – Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, TBA

Game 8 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7, TBA