MASON, OH - California Baptist University has earned a spot in the semifinals of the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series and will play Friday night at 5 p.m. (PDT).
The Lancers, winners of Pool B on a tiebreaker, will play the runner-up from Pool A Olivet Nazarene in the second semifinal. Oklahoma Wesleyan and Emmanuel play in the first semifinal at 2 p.m. (PDT).
CBU clinched a spot in the semifinals Thursday night with a 5-3 win over defending national champion Oklahoma Wesleyan, which is coached by former Lancer assistant coach Matt Parker.
However, with Oklahoma Wesleyan's 8-2 win over Bluefield this morning, the Lancers clinched first place in the pool, winning both possible tiebreakers - head-to-head with OWU or in the case of a three-way tie, allowing the fewest runs per inning of anyone in the pool.
When the day started, Mid-Continent also was 2-1 in the pool but only could advance if OWU gave up at least seven runs.
Meanwhile, Olivet Nazarene was 3-0 heading into its final pool play game this morning before it lost 15-6 to Evangel, which clinched a semifinal berth with the victory.
The winners of tonight's games advance to Saturday's championship which will be played at 10 a.m. (PDT) in Mason, OH.