No. 19 Point Park draws No. 2 seed in Marion Bracket of NAIA Opening Round
UPDATED -- May 10, 2014 11:00 a.m. ET
Tom Birko and Pioneers are in the NAIA National Championship for the third year in a row. Photo by Sam Robinson.
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PITTSBURGH -- No. 19 Point Park University has drawn the No. 2 seed in the Marion (Ind.) Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round May 12-15 at campus sites around the country. The 45-team, NAIA Opening Round bracket was revealed with the NAIA Bracket Show at NAIA.org at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Point Park (40-16, 16-4 KIAC) is in the NAIA Opening Round for the third year in a row and is returning to the site of its 2012 NAIA Baseball Opening Round championship at Marion, Ind.
No. 2 seed Point Park will play No. 3 seed Mt. Vernon Nazarene (42-10), ranked No. 21 in the nation, in its first game of the tournament on Monday, May 12 at 4 p.m. ET in Marion, Ind. The host of the Marion Bracket is Indiana Wesleyan University and the Crossroads League.
The Marion Bracket also includes No. 1 seed Georgetown (Ky.) (42-8), which is ranked No. 4 in the country. Georgetown will receive a bye in the first round and will await the winner of No. 4 seed Midland (Neb.) (42-17) versus No. 5 seed Spring Arbor (Mich.) (31-15).
The five-team, double-elimination Marion (Ind.) Bracket continues through May 15 with the winner advancing to the NAIA World Series May 23-30 in Lewiston, Idaho. Click the "Marion Bracket" link above for the complete bracket and schedule.
Georgetown qualified as the Mid-South Conference regular season champion and is making its third all-time NAIA Opening Round appearance with the last being 2013. The Tigers are 1-4 all-time in the Opening Round. Georgetown reached the finals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament but lost to No. 23 Cumberland (Tenn.).
Midland (Neb.) and Spring Arbor (Mich.), which are both unranked, are both in the NAIA Opening Round for the second time. Midland is the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament champion and is back in the Opening Round after going 0-2 last year. Spring Arbor is the Crossroads League champion and is making its first appearance since 2009 when it went 0-2.
Point Park and Mt. Vernon Nazarene are former American Mideast Conference rivals, and they last met in the finals of the 2011 AMC Tournament, a game won by MVNU. The Cougars then made the move to the Crossroads League in 2012, and after the AMC folded after the 2012 season, Point Park joined the KIAC in 2013.
Mt. Vernon Nazarene has qualified for its fifth NAIA Opening Round and is there for the second year in a row. The Cougars are 3-8 all-time in the Opening Round. MVNU qualified for nationals as the Crossroads League regular season champion, although it lost in the Crossroads League Tournament.
Point Park is in the NAIA Opening Round for the third year in a row. The Pioneers are one of 21 teams that are making repeat appearances from the 2013 tournament. It is the third time that Point Park has made the NAIA Opening Round since this format was adopted in 2009, and it is the 13th all-time appearance in the NAIA national tournament for the Pioneers.
Point Park has a record of 3-2 all-time in the NAIA Opening Round and is tied for fifth all-time with 11 appearances in the NAIA World Series, most recently in 2012. Point Park played in the Kingsport (Tenn.) Bracket in the 2013 NAIA Opening Round and went 0-2.
The Pioneers had better success in the 2012 NAIA Opening Round in Marion, Ind., going a perfect 3-0 to qualify for the NAIA World Series. It was the Pioneers' 11th appearance in the NAIA World Series, which ranks fifth all-time.
The nine NAIA Opening Round winners will qualify for the NAIA World Series May 23-30 in Lewiston, Idaho. There they will join No. 2-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), the host team, for a 10-team tournament.
Point Park stayed at No. 19 in the Final NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The poll was used to determine the seedings and bracketing of the NAIA Opening Round.
Point Park won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament April 23-26 in Kingsport, Tenn., to become one of 31 individual qualifiers for the NAIA Opening Round. There are also 14 at-large bids to make up the 45-team field.
The nine sites for the NAIA Opening Round are Kingsport, Tenn., Marian, Ind., Daytona Beach, Fla., Montgomery, Ala., Jackson, Miss., Lawrenceville, Ga., Shawnee, Okla., Hutchinson, Kan., and Santa Clarita, Calif.Point Park has reached the 40-win mark for the eighth time in its 47-year history of baseball and is 24-5 since March 27. The Pioneers rank seventh in the country with a team batting of .340, and they are 21st in the nation with a team ERA of 3.14.
MARION BRACKET TRAVEL / FAN INFORMATION BELOW -- NAIA BASEBALL OPENING ROUND MAY 12-15, 2014
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Admission prices will be $10 for adults and $5 for students (with ID) per session. Children under 8 years of age will be admitted free of charge. $25 all-session passes will be made available. Admission will be charged at entrance to the facility parking lot. Entrance to the Wildcat Field is located on the north side of the Athletic Complex from E 45th St.
A concession stand operated by Indiana Wesleyan University will be open throughout the tournament, and is located to the Northwest side of Wildcat Field.
All tournament games will be played at Wildcat Field on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University. The Athletic Complex is located on 4901 S. Wildcat Drive Marion, IN 46953.
There is ample parking available at the Athletic Complex. Fans are encouraged to park south of the baseball diamond.
Opening Round t-shirts will not be available on-site. Contact information is below if you would like to order t-shirts.
Contact: Mike Janssen Phone: (515) 986-1848 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening Round t-shirts may also be ordered through the Fine Designs web site at http://www.finedesigns.com/
Photographs on a CD will be available for purchase on-site through Josh Adams.
Contact: Josh Adams C: (630) 881-8289. http://www.joshuaradams.com/naia-national-baseball-tournament.html
The primary hotel choice for fans is the Best Western Plus (Point Park Hotel) in Gas City, Ind., and the secondary choice is the Comfort Suites. Fan rates ($85) at both of these hotels are honored for those visiting both the Best Western Plus (mention “NAIA Baseball”) and Comfort Suites (mention “NAIA”). The Super 8 will also be an option for visitors at a fan rate of $75 for those who mention the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament.
Best Western Plus (Point Park Hotel) -- 4936 Kaybee Drive, Gas City, IN 46933 Phone: (765) 998-2331
Comfort Suites -- 1345 Baldwin Ave, Marion, IN 46952 Phone: (765) 651-1006
Super 8 -- 5172 Kaybee Drive, Gas City, IN 46933 Phone: (765) 998-6800