@PPUBaseball falls short of NAIA at-large bid, season ends at 37-13
May 8, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University baseball fell just short of an at-large bid to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round with the announcement of the national qualifiers by the NAIA on Friday.
The Pioneers (37-13, 16-4 KIAC) were seeking one of the 16 at-large bids to the 45-team national tournament. In the end, Point Park was on the outside looking in for teams chosen from the Southeast Region.
Point Park will miss the national tournament for the first time in four years, ending a streak of three straight national appearances. The 2015 senior class departs with a record of 169-58 (.744) the last four years.
As a member of the Kentucky-based KIAC, Point Park is a part of the Southeast Region. That region got a national-best 12 teams in the NAIA tournament. But only four of those were at-large selections. The final one was Southeastern (Fla.) (39-19), which got the 16th and final at-large selection in the national field.
The national championship field was selected by the National Selection Committee, the first year of a new program instituted by the NAIA. Primary criteria used was overall record, record versus the Top 25, the Bo-Chip strength of schedule rating and the regional rankings. Secondary criteria included conference record, record versus receiving votes teams, the Top 25, head-to-head competition and common opponents.
Point Park was in contention for a national at-large bid due mainly to its strong Bo-Chip rating, the strength of schedule indicator that was newly formed for this year and a main basis for the National Selection Committee. Another strong factor was its 37 wins in 50 games.
Point Park's final Bo-Chip rating was No. 22 (May 7), which was sixth among teams seeking one of the 16 at-large bids. But it wasn't enough to get a fifth at-large selection and a 13th team overall from the Southeast Region. Instead, the at-large bids topped out at no more than four from any one region with four from the Southeast, four from the West, three from the South, three from the North and two from the Midwest.
The final tournament field included 12 teams from the Southeast (4 at-larges), 11 from the North (3 at-larges), eight from the West (4 at-larges), eight from the Midwest (2 at-larges) and six from the South (3 at-larges) for a total of 45 teams (16 at-larges).
Point Park falls short of a fourth-straight trip to the NAIA National Championship. The Pioneers had been one of only 12 teams to qualify each of the three previous seasons of 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2011, the Pioneers were the first team left out of the national bracket.
For a complete listing of the NAIA Baseball National Championship qualifiers, click the NAIA Release link above.