KIAC Baseball Tournament Central: Point Park draws No. 1 seed April 24-27
Updated -- April 27, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET
2013 KIAC Baseball Tournament -- April 24-27 at Indiana Southeast (New Albany, Ind.)
April 24 -- First Round
No. 5 Berea (Ky.) def. No. 4 Asbury (Ky.), 14-7
No. 6 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) def. No. 3 Brescia (Ky.), 7-4
April 25 -- Second Round
No. 1 Point Park def. No. 5 Berea (Ky.), 22-4 Box Score
No. 2 Indiana Southeast def. No. 6 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 21-1
April 26 -- Third & Fourth Rounds
No. 1 Point Park def. No. 2 Indiana Southeast, 10-4 (Winner's Bracket Final) Box Score
No. 3 Brescia (Ky.) def. No. 4 Asbury (Ky.), 12-1 (Loser's Bracket Semifinal)
No. 2 IU Southeast def. No. 3 Brescia (Ky.), 2-0 (Loser's Bracket Final)
April 27 -- Finals
No. 1 Point Park def. No. 2 Indiana Southeast, 8-6 (Tournament Finals) Box Score
Recap -- Point Park 8, IU Southeast 6 -- KIAC Baseball Tournament Finals
Posted April 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Point Park rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat Indiana Southeast, 8-6, in the KIAC Baseball Tournament finals on Saturday and earn the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament. The Pioneers (38-13) went a perfect 3-0 in the tournament and take a 12-game win streak to nationals.
Tom Birko was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Marlon Leyva was 3 for 3 with three big runs scored to lead the Point Park offense. Josh Brooks (3-0) got the win in 2.1 innings of middle relief, and Ryan Loutsenhizer pitched the last two innings to get his fifth save. Bryan Lopez started and went the first 4.2 innings.
Point Park is in the national tournament for the second year in a row and has won 29 of its last 31 games. The Pioneers will learn of their NAIA Opening Round seed and site on May 5.
Read the full Game Recap at this link: Game Recap
Recap -- Point Park 10, IU Southeast 4 -- KIAC Baseball Tournament April 26
Posted April 26, 10:30 p.m. ET
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Point Park put up another 10 runs on offense, and Manny Perdomo threw a complete game as the top-seeded Pioneers defeated No. 2 seed Indiana Southeast, 10-4, on Friday in the semifinals of the KIAC Baseball Tournament.
Point Park (37-13, 14-6 KIAC), ranked No. 25 in the NAIA, moves on to the KIAC Finals after beating IU Southeast (27-26, 12-7 KIAC) in the winner's bracket final. The Pioneers will face IU Southeast once again in the tournament finals on Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Grenadiers survived to beat Brescia (Ky.), 2-0, in the loser's bracket final later on Friday night.
The winner of the KIAC Tournament Finals will get the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament. Point Park needs one victory, and IU Southeast needs two wins. Point Park is seeking its 12th appearance all time in the NAIA national tournament and the second one in a row.
Point Park leads the season series over IU Southeast, 3-2. The Pioneers opened the KIAC Tournament by beating No. 5 Berea (Ky.), 22-4, in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Pioneers have scored 32 runs in the two tournament games.
Check back later for more information on Friday's win and statistics as they become available. Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PPUbaseball and @PointParkSports.
GAME RECAP -- Point Park 22, Berea (Ky.) 4 -- KIAC Baseball Tournament April 25
Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ET
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Point Park defeated Berea (Ky.), 22-4, in its first game of the KIAC Baseball Tournament on Thursday morning (April 25). Point Park had a bye in the first round Wednesday. The Pioneers, the top seed and ranked No. 25 in the NAIA, improve to 36-13 overall.
Point Park will next play April 26 at 12 p.m. in the winner's bracket final versus No. 2 seed IU Southeast (26-25), a 21-1 winner over No. 6 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in Thursday's other winner's bracket game. The teams split the season series, 2-2, April 13-14 at Point Park.
Point Park was up big from the start as it led Berea, 9-2, after three innings and 16-2 after four innings. Chaz Russo had a three-run homer, and Marlon Leyva hit a late homer to get the Pioneers above the 20-run mark. Sean Clark started and got the win in six innings, and Austin Pressly worked the last three innings to get the save.
Point Park is 5-0 this year versus Berea and won the games by scores of 12-2, 8-3, 7-5, 20-4 and now 22-4.
Check back later for a full recap and game statistics when they become available. Follow the Pioneers on Twitter @PPUbaseball and @PointParkSports.
UPDATE -- Point Park to face Berea (Ky.) to start KIAC Baseball Tournament April 25
Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. ET
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- No. 1 seed Point Park (35-13, 14-6 KIAC) will face No. 5 seed Berea (Ky.) (18-24, 7-12 KIAC) to begin its play in the KIAC Baseball Tournament April 25 at 10 a.m. Point Park had a bye in the first round of the tournament, which is being held at Indiana Southeast in New Albany, Ind. Berea defeated No. 4 seed Asbury (Ky.), 14-7, in the first round Wednesday. The six-team double-elimination tourney continues through April 27 with the winner receiving the KIAC's automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.
Point Park swept Berea, 4-0, in the season series. The Pioneers won all four games on the road by scores of 12-2, 8-3, 7-5 and 20-4. But Berea enters the playoff matchup as a hot team with seven wins in a row, and its third-best offense in the KIAC put up 14 runs in the first round Wednesday. Point Park counters as winners of 26 of their last 28 overall and 12 of their last 14 KIAC games.
KIAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW -- April 24-27 at New Albany, Ind.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University has drawn the No. 1 seed in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament bracket, which was announced by host school Indiana University Southeast on Wednesday (April 17).
The KIAC Tournament will be held April 24-27 at pre-determined host school Indiana Southeast, the No. 2 seed, in New Albany, Ind. The six-team double-elimination tournament will send its champion as an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.
The Pioneers are 31-13 overall and are 22-2 in their last 24 games entering their non-conference doubleheader at Wheeling Jesuit on April 18 (4 p.m.). Point Park concludes the regular season April 21 at Pitt-Greensburg before focusing its attention to the conference tournament.
Point Park locked up the KIAC Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with last weekend's series split with second place IU Southeast.
The Pioneers are 14-6 in the KIAC. Right behind as the No. 2 seed is IU Southeast (12-7 KIAC), followed by No. 3 seed Brescia (Ky.) (10-10 KIAC), No. 4 seed Asbury (Ky.) (10-10 KIAC), No. 5 seed Berea (Ky.) (7-12 KIAC) and No. 6 seed Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (6-14 KIAC).
The top two seeds get a bye in the first round, and Point Park will begin play in the KIAC Tournament April 25 vs. the winner of the No. 4 Asbury (Ky.) vs. No. 5 Berea (Ky.) first-round game. No. 2 seed IU Southeast will await the winner of No. 3 Brescia (Ky.) vs. No. 6 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) game.
For information on the 2013 KIAC Baseball Tournament, download the Bracket (PDF) and Fan Guide (PDF) at the links above. Included are the tournament schedule and information on ticket prices, hotels and restaurants.
Point Park has won 12 of its last 14 KIAC games entering the tournament. The Pioneers have mainly used hot hitting to climb to the top of the KIAC standings, but their pitching has also been among the best in the league. Point Park is hitting .341 as a team, which ranks third in all of NAIA baseball and leads the KIAC by a wide margin.
The Pioneers lead the KIAC in all of the top statistical categories of hitting (.341), pitching (3.39 ERA), fielding percentage (.960) and opponent's batting average (.255). Point Park is currently in the 'others receiving votes' section of the NAIA Baseball Top 25 Poll as it checked in at No. 34 overall in the most-recent rankings April 16.
The NAIA national tournament begins with the NAIA National Championship Opening Round May 9-13 at campus sites around the country. The NAIA Opening Round is the regional stage prior to the NAIA World Series, which is May 24-31 at Lewiston, Idaho.
Point Park made it to the NAIA World series last year and finished fifth in the nation. The Pioneers were an at-large bid to the national tournament a year ago by virtue of being ranked No. 12 in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Pioneers swept through the NAIA Opening Round tournament in Marion, Ind., with a 3-0 record for a berth in the World Series. It was Point Park's 11th trip to the NAIA World Series, which is tied for fourth all-time.