BARTLESVILLE - After winning the regular season Bi-State Athletic Conference crown, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen received the No. 1 seed for the Division I Region II Baseball Tournament scheduled to start Thursday at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium.
Coach Roger Ward's Golden Norse captured the Bi-State crown with a 13-7 record.
The Norsemen were 26-25 in the regular season.
The double-elimination tournament will start at noon as third seeded Seminole State College battles fourth seeded Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Seminole finished 11-9 in conference play and 32-21 on the season. The UAFS Lions compiled a 10-10 mark in the Bi-State and a 38-18 season record.
Defending Region II champion Connors State College received the second seed and will face fifth seed Eastern State College at 3:30 p.m.
The Cowboys finished 12-8 in the conference and 39-15 on the year. The Mountaineers were 8-12 in the Bi-State and 30-22 overall.
NEO concludes the opening round on Thursday by facing sixth seeded Rose State College at 7 p.m.
The Raiders finished 6-14 in the Bi-State and 19-26 on the season.
An elimination game starts at noon on Friday. The winner of the Connors-Eastern game faces the winner of the Seminole-UAFS contest at 3:30 p.m.
The NEO-Rose State winner will play the Seminole-UAFS loser at 7 p.m.
The winners' bracket final game will start at noon on Saturday, and depending on the number of teams remaining in the tournament, games will be played at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The championship game will start at 1 p.m. Sunday followed by an “if necessary” game at 4 p.m.
Winner of the Region II Tournament advances to the South Central District Tournament scheduled to start May 18-19. The best-of-three playoff includes the Region XVI champion from Missouri.
The NJCAA World Series will be from May 26 to June 2 in Grand Junction, Colo.
Last season after winning two games on Saturday to advance to the championship game, the Golden Norsemen relinquished the crown with a 5-1 loss to Connors.
NEO defeated Rose State College 7-3 and Arkansas-Fort Smith 3-0 to advance to the championship round.
Second seed Connors State advanced to the title game after eliminating UAFS by a 4-3 score in 12 innings. The Cowboys knocked fourth seed Eastern State College out of the tournament by a 6-3 score.
The Golden Norse captured the 2005 Region II title.
NEO dropped an 8-7 decision to Wallace State-Hanceville, Ala., to finish ninth in the Junior College World Series, finishing with a 44-21 season record.