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Point Park moves up one spot to No. 8 in NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll

April 3, 2012

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Point Park is the No. 8 team in NAIA baseball at 28-3. Photo by Evan Schall.

 

PITTSBURGH -- With its 6-0 showing last week and its current, 16-game winning streak, the Point Park Pioneers moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week's NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll (April 3).

To view the complete NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here: http://tinyurl.com/7avaf8p

Point Park (28-3, 4-0 AMC) was No. 9 in last week's poll, which was the first one of the regular season. The Pioneers had been just outside the Top 25 at No. 26 in the preseason rankings that were released Nov. 15.

But thanks to its 28-3 record that is second only to NAIA No. 1 LSU-Shreveport (30-3) in terms of winning percentage, Point Park has positioned itself among the top 10 in the nation.

Point Park received 411 points in the voting, which was conducted by a panel of NAIA coaches around the country. Top-ranked LSU-Shreveport got 15 of a possible 19 first-place votes and leads the poll with 523 points.

Point Park has the claim as the highest-ranked team that plays in a northern, cold-weather climate. This week's rankings include No.1 LSU-Shreveport, No. 2 Oklahoma City, No. 3 Lee (Tenn.), No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), No. 5 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), No. 6 Faulkner (Ala.) and No.7 Oklahoma Baptist.

There was a little bit of movement from last week's top 10, and Point Park benefitted from that. Tennesse Wesleyan (28-8) dropped three spots to No. 10, which allowed Point Park and Spring Arbor to move up one spot each to No. 8 and 9, respectively.

The top five teams remained the same as last week but in a different order. No. 3 Lee (Tenn.) dropped two spots from its top perch last week, which allowed No. 1 LSU-Shreveport and No. 2 Oklahoma City to move up one spot each. No. 4 Embry Riddle and No. 5 Azusa Pacific remained in the same spots as last week.

Point Park ranks sixth in the NAIA in team ERA at 2.84. The Pioneers hold their opponents to a .250 batting average and hit .316 as a team for third-year coach Loren Torres.

Point Park has one of the strongest traditions in all of NAIA baseball. The Pioneers have been to the NAIA World Series 10 times, which ranks tied for fifth-most nationwide. Point Park has not been to the NAIA World Series since 1998.

The next Top 25 Poll will be released Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. ET.

 

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