LEWISTON, Idaho - No. 4 seed Tennessee Wesleyan and No. 2 seed Lee (Tenn.) will square off in the winners' bracket finale of the 2012 AVISTA-NAIA World Series tonight at 6:30 p.m. PDT.
The tournament is being held at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho.
Both teams are guaranteed to finish no worse than fourth place, and both have the inside track to securing the national championship.
The Bulldogs (50-11 overall) and Flames (56-9-1 overall) are only about 25 miles apart and play regularly during the season. But this game carries a lot of weight with it. The squads met three times during the year with Lee winning twice. Tennessee Wesleyan won the opener 8-7 on Feb. 15 at home in Athens, Tenn. However, Lee posted wins of 9-6 on April 11 and 10-5 on April 17 in Cleveland, Tenn.
Tennessee Wesleyan has been on a roll as of late, winning its last 16 games dating back to April 21. The streak includes going 4-0 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament and 3-0 in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round - both of which were played in Kingsport, Tenn.
Lee has won 15 of its last 16 games dating back to April 14. The Flames suffered a 5-4 loss to Missouri Baptist during the opening round before battling back to beat Missouri Baptist twice to advance to the NAIA World Series.
The game also features the top two RBI producers in the NAIA. Tennessee Wesleyan's Taylor Oldham leads the nation with 85, while Lee's Roberto Reyes is second at 83.
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