No. 19 Point Park to learn #NAIABaseball pairing & site May 9 at 8 pm ET
May 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET
The Pioneers are in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the third time in a row. Photo by Jackie Eigner.
WATCH LIVE! -- NAIA Baseball Bracket Show May 9 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
PITTSBURGH -- No. 19-ranked Point Park University will learn its pairing and site for the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round when the bracket is officially released on the NAIA Bracket Show Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
The NAIA Bracket Show will officially announce the national tournament bracket with a live video show at www.NAIA.org. It's then that the Pioneers (40-16, 16-4 KIAC) and the rest of the NAIA qualifiers will learn where they are headed for the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round to be held May 12-15 at campus sites around the country.
The NAIA Opening Round, which is the regional stage prior to the NAIA World Series May 23-30 in Lewiston, Idaho, features nine regional sites, each with five teams playing in a double-elimination bracket. Teams are seeded 1 through 5, and the winner will advance to the NAIA World Series, where they will join the host, No. 2-ranked Lewis-Clark State.
Also on tap for media release by the NAIA on Friday, May 9 is the final NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which will be released at 5 p.m. ET. The rankings will be used to determine national tournament seedings and at-large qualifiers.
As the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champions, Point Park is one of 31 automatic qualifiers who have earned a bid related to their conference. There will also be 14 at-large bids to make up the 45-team field of the NAIA Opening Round.
Point Park is in the NAIA national tournament for the third year in a row, and the Pioneers will be looking to qualifying for their 12th NAIA World Series if they can get past the NAIA Opening Round. Point Park reached the NAIA World Series in 2012, and their 11 appearances there rank fifth all-time in the NAIA.
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.
The most likely sites for Point Park figure to be Kingsport, Tenn., where they were a No. 2 seed last year, and Marian, Ind.., where they advanced to the NAIA World Series in 2012 as the No. 2 seed there.
Point Park figures to be a No. 2 or a No. 3 seed this year. The Pioneers were No. 19 in the last NAIA Top 25 Poll, which put them in range for a No. 2 seed.
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.