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Point Park takes No. 7 seed in NAIA World Series May 25-June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho

Mary 14, 2012



PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University baseball team took the No. 7 seed in the 10-team Avista-NAIA  World Series bracket that was released by the NAIA national office at 6 p.m. ET on Monday (May 14).

The Pioneers (51-9) begin their 11th appearance in the NAIA World Series versus No. 10 seed College of Idaho (41-19) May 25 at 9 a.m. PDT. The winner will get No. 2 seed Lee (Tenn.) on May 26 at 3 p.m. at the double-elimination tournament that runs through June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho.

Point Park was ranked No. 12 in the Final NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll (May 6), which was used to determin the seeding in the World Series. The Pioneers would have gotten a higher seed if not for six teams from the NAIA top 10 making it to Lewiston.

To download a PDF of the 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series bracket, click the link above. Visit the NAIA Release for links to tournament coverage and ticket information.

The top three teams in the bracket are ranked No. 1-3 in the national rankings -- No. 1 LSU-Shreveport (51-4), No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) (54-9-1) and No. 3 Oklahoma City (47-10). The No. 4 seed is sixth-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan (48-11) and the No. 5 seed is eighth-ranked Embry Riddle (Fla.) (43-16).

The No. 6 seed is tournament host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (41-12), which is ranked No. 10 in the final poll. After No. 12 Point Park as the No. 7 seed, other teams are No. 8 seed South Carolina Beaufort (40-14), No. 9 seed Rogers State (Okla.) (45-14) and No. 10 seed College of Idaho (41-19).

South Carolina Beaufort is ranked No. 15 in the NAIA, Rogers State is No. 23 and College of Idaho is in the 'others receiving votes' section.

The 10-team bracket gives a bye to the top two eams. The No. 1-2 teams get the winners of the No. 8-9 and No. 7-10 games, respectively. Other first-round matchups pit the No. 4-5 seeds and the No. 3-6 seeds.

Point Park reached the NAIA World Series by winning the Marion, Ind., bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round May 10-12. The Pioneers swept throught the five-team bracket, 3-0.

There were a total of nine NAIA Opening round champions that will join host Lewis-Clark State at the World Series.

Point Park's first-round opponent, College of Idaho, was one of the last teams in the 46-team NAIA national tourney field. The Coyotes received the 13th of 16 at-large bids and then won the Azusa, Calif., bracket as the No. 3 seed.

College of Idaho knocked off top seed Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 7-6, with a run in the bottom of the ninth in the championship game of the Azusa bracket. Azusa Pacific was ranked No. 4 in the nation and was the highest-ranked team not to make it to the World Series. C of I is rates as the 28th-best team in the nation.

In its previous 10 appearances at the NAIA World Series, Point Park has a record of 10-20. The Pioneers twice finished as high as third in 1979 and 1986. Point Park is in the NAIA World Series for the first time since 1998, and its first trip came in 1974.

Point Park made the NAIA World Series in 1974, 1978-80, 1986-89, 1991 and 1991. This is the fourth different decade that the Pioneers have qualified, and they rank in the top five all-time with 11 appearances. Entering the World Series, the won-loss record for Point Park baseball is 1,156-626-9 all time.

For complete tournament coverage leading up to the NAIA World Series, visit the Point Park athletics web site.


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