The Northwestern College baseball team leaves this afternoon for Oklahoma City and Thursday’s start of the opening of the NAIA Tournament. The Red Raiders followed up the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season title by winning the conference tournament over the weekend.

Northwestern coach Brian Wede says it’s been a special year and the first time a team has won both the regular season and post season titles in the conference. The Red Raiders have won 22 of their last 27 games and face a tough field this week.

He says Oklahoma City is ranked second at 47-10 and will be the favorite, followed by Sterling Kansas. Northwestern opens the double elimination tournament on Thursday morning against Jamestown of North Dakota.

Wede says they did not play Jamestown, but have played some similar opponents with similar results. While Wede wants his team to focus on the task at hand he also wants the players to enjoy the trip and will take some extra time to enjoy the trip. Wede says finals are over so they can take some time and think back on the experience of the season.

Northwestern is 31-17 on the season.