Point Park back in NAIA Baseball Top 25 Poll at No. 25 in the nation
April 23, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- As winners of 26 of their last 28 games, the Point Park University baseball team is back in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week at No. 25 in the rankings that were announced by the national office on Tuesday (April 23).
Point Park (35-13, 14-6 KIAC) had been in the 'others receiving votes' section the last two weeks, but it cracked the rankings this week thanks to its current, nine-game winning streak. It is the first time the Pioneers are ranked since being No. 6 in the NAIA Top 25 preseason poll on Nov. 13, 2012.
Although the Pioneers dropped out of the rankings in the first poll of the regular season on March 26, they have been playing their best baseball since then. Point Park is 26-2 since March 23 as maybe the hottest team in all of NAIA baseball.
Point Park has some impressive team statistics, particularly on offense, where its team batting average of .343 ranks third in the NAIA. The Pioneers rank 11th in the country in runs per game at 7.37. Pitching is solid with a team ERA of 3.32 ranking 25th in the country. Defensively, Point Park has a fielding percentage of .962 to rank 33rd in the country.
The Pioneers lead the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in hitting, pitching and fielding and most importantly in the standings. Point Park is the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament, a six-team, double-elimination tournament being held April 24-27 at Indiana Southeast in New Albany, Ind.
Point Park's first KIAC Tournament game will be April 25 at 10 a.m. versus the winner of the No. 4 Asbury (Ky.) vs. No. 5 Berea (Ky.) game April 24. Point Park has a bye in the first round. The champion of the conference tournament will advance to the NAIA Opening Round.
There are two more NAIA Top 25 Polls before the start of the NAIA national tournament. The second one on May 5 will be used to determine the 16 at-large bids to the NAIA Opening Round. There will also be 29 automatic berths related to conferences, with the KIAC having one of those.