No. 6 Point Park picked first in KIAC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll (Jan. 27)
Jan. 28, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. ET
Senior pitcher Sean Clark and the Pioneers were picked as the KIAC favorite. Photo by Kevin Taylor
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University baseball has been chosen as the favorite in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic for the 2013 season.
The Pioneers, 53-11 last year and ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Baseball Preseason Top 25 Poll this year, came in first place in the 2013 KIAC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll released by the league office on Sunday (Jan. 27). The poll was voted on by the head coaches of the six KIAC schools.
Point Park got five of six first-place votes and totaled 35 points in the poll. IU Southeast, which is receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Poll, came in second with 31 votes and one first-place vote. Defending KIAC Tournament champion Asbury (Ky.) was picked third with 21 points.
The rest of the poll included Brescia (Ky.) (19 points), Berea (Ky.) (12) and Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (8).
"We appreciate the consideration and respect of the KIAC coaches," said Point Park's fourth-year head coach Loren Torres. "Our goal is to represent Point Park, the City of Pittsburgh and the KIAC in a first-class manner. The KIAC is a very competitive conference, and we are looking forward to the challenges that the KIAC has for us this upcoming season."
Point Park baseball is the first team from the school to be chosen as a preseason favorite in the KIAC. This is the first year that Pioneers athletics is in the KIAC after the American Mideast Conference folded following 2012. AMC baseball had just three teams last year.
Point Park has 6 of 9 position starters and 4 of 5 starting pitchers returning from last year's team that finished 5th in the NAIA World Series and No. 6 in the Final NAIA Baseball Top 25 Poll (June 5, 2012). The Pioneers also added talented players to fill voids left in the field and on the mound.
The Pioneers will begin their season Feb. 22 at Martin Methodist (Tenn.), which is receiving votes nationally. That trip also includes games at Talladega (Ala.) on Feb. 23 and at Campbellsville (Ky.) on Feb. 24. The Pioneers visit WVU Tech on Feb. 26 before heading south again March 3-8 for the RussMatt Central FL Invitational.
Download the Point Park University Baseball 2013 Quick Facts (PDF) at the link above for team information.