Seven teams secured places in the Avista NAIA World Series on Wednesday by sweeping through their Opening Round baseball tournaments.

Georgia Gwinnett, Southeastern of Florida, St. Thomas of Florida, Faulkner of Alabama, Science & Arts of Oklahoma, Bellevue of Nebraska and Indiana Tech all punched their tickets to Lewiston.

Southeastern is the defending national champion, and Georgia Gwinnett, St. Thomas and Faulkner all appeared in the Series last year.

The hottest team in the bunch might be Bellevue, which started the season 7-13 but has now won 39 of its last 40 games.

The last two Opening Round tournaments will conclude today, with Freed-Hardeman of Tennessee facing Oklahoma Wesleyan in the Henderson (Tenn.) Bracket finale and Tennessee Wesleyan taking on Webber International of Florida for the Kingsport (Tenn.) Bracket title.

The winners of the nine Opening Round tournaments will join host school Lewis-Clark State in the Series at Harris Field. It starts May 24.

HENDERSON (TENN.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) vs. No. 3 Texas Wesleyan, 5-1

No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) def. No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan, 7-4

Today

No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) vs. No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan

KINGSPORT (TENN.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan def. No. 4 Madonna (Mich.), 15-9

No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan def. No. 2 Webber International (Fla.), 17-9

Today

No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan vs. No. 2 Webber International (Fla.)

LAWRENCEVILLE (GA.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) def No. 3 IU Southeast (Ind.), 13-5

No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett def. No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.), 2-1

Georgia Gwinnettqualifies for Series

MACON (GA.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 2 Middle Georgia State def. No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio), 9-6

No. 1 Southeastern (Fla.) def. No. 2 Middle Georgia State, 3-0

Southeasternqualifies for Series

MIAMI GARDENS (FLA.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 2 William Jessup (Calif.) def. No. 5 Thomas (Ga.), 14-3

No. 1 St. Thomas (Fla.) def. No. 2 William Jessup (Calif.), 7-5

St. Thomasqualifies for Series

MONTGOMERY (ALA.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 3 Hope International (Calif.) def. No. 2 Central Methodist (Mo.), 6-3

No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.) def. No. 3 Hope International (Calif.), 16-2

Faulkner qualifies for Series

SANTA BARBARA (CALIF.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 2 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 3 Antelope Valley (Calif.), 9-2

No. 1 Science & Arts (Okla.) def. No. 2 Westmont (Calif.), 7-4 (12)

Science & Artsqualifies for Series

SHREVEPORT (LA.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 5 York (Neb.) def. No. 4 Columbia (Mo.), 9-8

No. 3 Bellevue (Neb.) def. No. 5 York (Neb.), 10-4

Bellevue qualifies for Series

WILLIAMSBURG (KY.) BRACKET

Wednesday

No. 1 Cumberlands (Ky.) def. No. 3 Lyon (Ark.), 16-13

No. 2 Indiana Tech def. No. 1 Cumberlands (Ky.), 6-4

Indiana Techqualifies for Series

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