William Carey to host NAIA opening rounds

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the second straight season, William Carey has been chosen as one of nine schools to host the opening round of the NAIA tournament.

The Crusaders face LSU-Shreveport at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

Coach Bobby Halford and company know a second straight trip to the NAIA World Series is a daunting task – especially since they occupy the same bracket as St. Thomas. The Bobcats lead the NAIA with 53 wins.

"We have one of the toughest teams in the country in St. Thomas," said Halford, who's in his 33rd season as the head coach of WCU. "They've won over 53 games. Westmont out of California plays in the Golden State conference every year. You've got LSU-Shreveport that's been a nemesis for us for a long time. Then Indiana-Southeast, they're very good. Every team here very capable of being in Lewiston, Idaho."

Lady Crusader softball hosts an NAIA opening round for the fourth time in five seasons. No. 19 William Carey battles Truett McConnell College 11:00 a.m. on Monday.