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Point Park ends the year ranked No. 6 in NAIA Baseball Postseason Top 25 Poll

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 p.m. ET



PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University baseball team has finished the 2012 season as the No. 6 team in the country as it ended up ranked sixth in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll released by the national office on Tuesday (June 5).

Point Park (53-11) is fresh off its NAIA World Series appearance in which it finished tied for fifth with Oklahoma City (48-12). Despite the fact that Point Park went 2-2 at the World Series and Oklahoma City went 1-2, OCU is ranked one spot ahead of the Pioneers at No. 5 in the NAIA Postseason Top 25 Poll.

The top 10 teams in the final rankings include the 10 teams that were in the World Series. National champion Tennessee Wesleyan (53-12) moved up five spots to No. 1, and national runner-up Rogers State (Okla.) (49-16) moved way up from No. 23 to No. 2 after its run to the finals.

The No. 6 ranking is the highest this year for the Pioneers, who were ranked in every poll since the start of the regular season. Point Park had been in the top 10 in every poll this year before dropping to No. 12 right before the NAIA national tournament.

Point Park's 53 wins are tied for third in the country with newly crowned champion Tennessee Wesleyan and trail only No. 3 LSU Shreveport (54-6) and No. 4 Lee (Tenn.) (56-11-1). The 53 wins are are school record, as are the 64 games played by the Pioneers.

Point Park finished the year higher than sixth nationally on only three occassions. Point Park was third at the NAIA World Series in 1979 and 1986 and fourth at the World Series in 1974.

The Pioneers have gotten back to national prominence the last two years. Point Park's 91 combined wins in 2011 and 2012 rank in the top 10 in the NAIA. Ever since the last three weeks of the 2011 season, Point Park has been in the NAIA Top 25 every week with the only exception being its No. 26 ranking in the preseason poll this year. Before breaking through to No. 25 in April of 2011, the Pioneers had not been ranked since the NAIA Preseason Top 25 in 1999.

Point Park made its 11th trip to the NAIA World Series this year, which is tied for fourth in the country. The Pioneers have an all-time record of 1,158-628-9 in their 45-year history of baseball. The only other time Point Park surpassed 50 wins was the 1986 team that was 51-8.


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