@PPUBaseball moves up to No. 20 in first NAIA Baseball Top 25 PollMarch 10, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Point Park celebrates a run scored last week in Florida. Photo by Lauren Jones.
NAIA TOP 25
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University baseball has moved up two spots to No. 20 in first regular-season edition of the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released by the NAIA office on Tuesday (March 10). The Pioneers (9-1) had been No. 22 in the preseason poll released Nov. 11, 2014.
There was plenty of movement since the last poll with eight teams breaking into the rankings and eight falling out. But Point Park's nine wins in 10 games last week on its spring break trip to Florida not only maintained the ranking but jumped it up a couple of spots.
Point Park will get an opportunity to further its resume with a doubleheader Wednesday, March 11 at No. 13 Davenport (Mich.) (9-2), which moved up six spots from its positioning in the preseason. The Pioneers and Panthers square off at 2 p.m. (DH) in a matchup of the two highest ranked teams among northern schools in NAIA baseball.
In all, there are only three northern-based teams in the rankings this week with the other being No. 24 Mt. Vernon Nazarene (Ohio).
Point Park's great start is backed by a pitching staff that ranks first in the NAIA in team ERA at 1.29 and eighth in the country in opponent's batting average at .203. The Pioneers have given up just 10 earned runs in 10 games.
The Pioneers' offense is hitting .290 as a team on the young season has stolen 18 bases in 21 attempts through 10 games. Point Park is outscoring its opponents, 59-22.
After visiting No. 13 Davenport on March 11, the Pioneers will stay in Grand Rapids to play Madonna (Mich.) (7-6) on March 12 at 2 p.m. (DH).
Point Park's weekend series at Bethel (Ind.) scheduled for March 13-14 has been postponed due to weather. A make-up date for the Bethel series is to be announced.
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