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LSUA Joins Athletic Conference

Released: 10/15/2008

The LSU at Alexandria baseball and softball teams have joined a conference and will compete for NAIA post-season tournament berths this spring, announced Dan Purvis, athletic director and baseball coach.

Both LSUA teams have joined the newly formed Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Three teams – one representing each of three divisions within AII – will enter the national tournament in baseball. Only one softball team will make the national tournament because the number of participating AII schools is much smaller.

In baseball the LSUA Generals will be joined in the conference grouping by University of Houston-Victoria, Crichton College in Memphis, University of Indiana-Northwest in Gary, Ind., Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga., and Voorhees and Morris colleges, both in South Carolina. The baseball conference championship tournament, consisting of four seeded teams selected by a playoff committee, will be hosted by Houston-Victoria.

Nine teams will be in the AII softball conference. In addition to the LSUA Lady Generals, teams include Houston-Victoria, Thomas, Crichton, Morris, Voorhees, Cal State-San Marcos, Patten College in Oakland, Calif., and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Six teams will be seeded to play for the conference tournament championship hosted by Thomas.

“We are very pleased to have conference membership for both LSUA teams,” Purvis said. “We now have the opportunity to play for conference and national championships. Our players deserve this, and it will make our regular-season schedules much more meaningful with each game having playoff implications. It also allows our players to earn all-conference awards.”

Purvis said a recent NAIA restructuring plan created the regionally based conferences to accommodate playoff opportunities for schools without conference affiliations.

LSUA will begin its second season this spring after playing as an NAIA independent last year. New on-campus baseball and softball fields will open in 2010.