The Clarke University baseball team is ranked 6th in the country according to the final NAIA poll of the season. The Crusaders with a 42-and-10 record overall finished as the regular season champs of the Heart of America Athletic Conference at 26-and-6 and enter the Heart Conference Tournament as the top overall seed.
Speaking of the Heart tournament, it has been delayed one day over weather concerns in Ozark, Missouri, the site of the tournament. Instead of starting today, the first games will be played Thursday. The Crusaders will open the double-elimination portion of the tournament against the No. 8 seed at 10 a.m. on Friday. The tournament’s No. 7 and No. 8 seeds will be determined tomorrow following two play-in games. Culver-Stockton and Evangel will square off at 10 a.m., while Avila will face Graceland at 1 p.m.
The tournament championship game is set for 4 p.m. on Monday. If necessary, a second championship game will be played at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The tournament champion and runner-up will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.