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Point Park continues to get votes in NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll

April 5, 2011



PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University baseball team continues to get votes in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, and the Pioneers are rated as the 29th-best team in the nation by NAIA coaches this week. 

In the rankings released Tuesday by the NAIA national office, Point Park (21-5, 3-1 AMC) got 77 votes and sits just outside the Top 25. The Pioneers are just four spots out of the rankings and are 30 votes shy of cracking the poll.

Point Park's 77 votes this week are 66 more than they got last week. Point Park is rated as the top team in the AMC weekly rankings this week after overtaking Malone (20-13, 1-3 AMC) for that distinction. Point Park won three of four games over Malone last weekend.

Point Park, which is ranked in the top five nationally in winning percentage (.808), has five games this week with which to bolster its resume for a possible national ranking. The Pioneers host PSU-Beaver on Wednesday for one 9-inning game before playing a four-game, AMC series with Walsh on Friday-Saturday. The four-game set with Walsh (0-2 AMC) begins Friday at home (1 p.m.) and ends Saturday on the road (1 p.m.).

 This week's NAIA Top 25 Poll had only one new member compared to last week as Belhaven went from being in the 'others receiving votes' to being ranked No. 23. There were 18 teams that had their ranking change with 11 moving up and seven falling.

Oklahoma City (29-4) got 21 of the 22 first-place votes and is ranked No. 1 for the second time in as many regular season polls. Second-ranked Lee (Tenn.) (34-7) was the only other school to get a first-place vote.