Point Park moves up four spots to No. 19 in NAIA Baseball Top 25 Poll
April 29, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University baseball has moved up four spots to No. 19 in this week's NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released by the national office on Tuesday (April 29). The Pioneers (38-13, 16-4 KIAC) moved up more than any other team in this week's rankings and are coming off the KIAC Tournament championship last week in Kingsport, Tenn.
With its second KIAC Tournament title in a row, the Pioneers earned the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round May 12-15 at campus sites. Point Park is ranked for the fourth week in a row, and this week's No. 19 rating matches the Pioneers' presesaon ranking for the highest they've been this year.
Point Park is riding one of the hottest streaks in all of NAIA baseball as winners of 22 of their last 24 games for a 22-2 record since March 27. The only losses in that stretch were to NCAA Division II Seton Hill and NAIA non-conference Milligan (Tenn.).
Point Park has one of the highest-ranked offenses in the country. The Pioneers are third in the NAIA with a team batting average of .350, and they rank third in the nation with 11.0 hits per game.
Other high statistical rankings for the Pioneers' offense include fourth in doubles per game (2.4), seventh in RBIs per game (7.3), ninth in runs per game (8.1) and 11th in slugging percentage (.476).
The Pioneers' pitching staff is 22nd in the NAIA in opponent's batting average at .245, and it is 23rd in the country with a team ERA of 3.19. The ERA of the top five starters is much lower at 2.61.
The next NAIA Top 25 Poll will be released on May 9. That ranking will be used to determine the 45-team NAIA National Championship Opening Round bracket, which will also be released on May 9.
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