Point Park University Baseball Team to be recognized at PNC Park on June 24
Updated on June 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University baseball team, which is coming off a 53-11 season and a fifth-place finish at the NAIA World Series, will be recognized for its success on Sunday, June 24 prior to the Pirates-Tigers game at PNC Park. The Pioneers will be honored on the field between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m., which is just about an hour before the 1:35 p.m. first pitch.
Point Park made the NAIA World Series this year for the 11th time in school history. The Pioneers set a school record for wins (53) and games played (64) and went 2-2 in the 10-team World Series bracket in Lewiston, Idaho, from May 25-June 1.
After picking up a fifth-place finish at the World Series, Point Park ended the year ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Baseball Final Top 25 Poll of the year. The 53 wins were tied for third in the country, and the team’s .828 winning percentage was third nationally.
The Pioneers were invited to be recognized at PNC Park by Pirates president Frank Coonelly. As part of the recognition, Point Park’s third-year head coach Loren Torres will throw out an honorary first pitch. Point Park fans and alumni will be well-represented at the ballpark that day with a group of more than 200 people in sections 114 and 115.
Another aspect of Sunday’s event is that former Point Park player Don Kelly is currently a utility player for the Tigers. If the pre-game schedule permits, Kelly will be a part of the on-field recognition of the Pioneers. Kelly has been in the big leagues with the Tigers since he was a September call up in 2009. He made is Major League debut with his hometown Pirates in 2007.
Kelly played at Point Park from 1999-2001, and he earned NAIA First Team All-American honors in 2001 when he hit .450 with 45 RBIs and 39 stolen bases in 45 games. He still holds the school record for career batting average at .413 and was inducted into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2010.
Point Park has one of the richest traditions in all of NAIA baseball. The Pioneers are tied for fourth all-time with their 11 NAIA World Series appearances. Point Park’s all-time record in 45 years of baseball is 1,158-628-9 (.648).
Point Park’s Downtown Pittsburgh campus is located just a short walk from PNC Park. The Pioneers’ home field is Green Tree Park in Green Tree, Pa.
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Discounted Tickets for this exciting event were being sold by Point Park, but they are all sold out. Tickets went on Sale June 8. Point Park fans who would like to buy tickets on their own are encouraged to call 1-800-BUY-BUCS to join us at PNC Park for this occassion. The tickets that were being sold by Point Park were in sections 114 & 115 (Infield Box). Regular price is $31.
Those who purchased their tickets from Point Park will receive:
--Admission to a Tailgate Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Village Park (Wood St. & Blvd. of the Allies)
--Complimentary shuttles from campus to PNC Park
--Reserved seat in Section 114 or 115 (Infield Box)
--Point Park Baseball 2012 NAIA World Series T-Shirt
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