No. 23 Point Park takes top seed in KIAC Baseball Tournament April 23-26
April 22, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- NAIA No. 23-ranked Point Park University is the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Baseball Tournament April 23-26, 2014 in Kingsport, Tenn. The six-team, double-elimination tournament will be held at Hunter Wright Stadium, home of the Kingsport Mets, and the winner will get the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA naitonal tournament.
Point Park (35-13, 16-4 KIAC), which won the KIAC regular season title by 2.0 games over No. 2 seed Brescia (Ky.) (35-20, 14-6 KIAC), is seeking its second straight KIAC Tournament championship and its third straight trip to the NAIA national tournament.
The Pioneers dropped down one spot to No. 23 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll released on Tuesday (April 22), but they have their eye on locking up the KIAC's automatic bid as one of the 45 teams in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round May 12-15 at campus sites around the country.
Point Park won the KIAC Tournament last year, its first season in the conference. After a bye in the first round of the 2014 tournament, the Pioneers begin their quest for a repeat with their first game on Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. versus the winner of the No. 4-seed Berea (Ky.) (20-21, 8-12 KIAC) vs. No. 5-seed Asbury (Ky.) (10-31, 6-14 KIAC) matchup, the first game of the tournament on April 23 at 5 p.m.
The other first-round game features No. 3 seed IU Southeast (29-21, 11-9 KIAC) vs. No. 6 seed Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (15-19-1, 5-15 KIAC) on April 23 at 8 p.m. No. 2 seed Brescia (35-20, 14-6 KIAC) awaits the winner of that game in the second round on April 24 at 2 p.m.
The tournament continues through April 26 with the championship round on Saturday at 1 p.m., and if necessary, at 3 p.m.
All 11 games of the 2014 KIAC Baseball Tournament will be broadcast with live streaming video on the KIAC Digital Network on iHigh.com. All Point Park games will also be streamed live on the Point Park Sports Network on iHigh.com. Links to broadcasts are below.
Live Stats will be available for all games on the Point Park athletics website with the link to follow live stats below. Follow the Tournament on Twitter with hashtag #KIACBASEBALL. Follow the Pioneers @PointParkSports and @PPUbaseball.
KIAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT COVERAGE LINKS
KIAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
April 23-26 at Hunter Wright Stadium, Kingsport, Tenn. (6 teams, Double-Elim.)
Wed., April 23 -- First Round
Game 1: No. 4 Berea (Ky.) def. No. 5 Asbury (Ky.), 6-2
Game 2: No. 3 IU Southeast def. No. 6 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 15-1
Thur., April 24 -- Second Round
Game 3: No. 1 Point Park (35-13, 16-4 KIAC) vs. No. 4 Berea (Ky.), 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Brescia (Ky.) (35-20, 14-6 KIAC) vs. No. 3 IU Southeast, 2 p.m.
Game 5: No. 6 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) vs. Loser Game 3, 5 p.m. (Loser Elim.)
Game 6: No. 5 Asbury (Ky.) vs. Loser Game 4, 8 p.m. (Loser Elim.)
Fri., April 25 -- Third Round
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 12 p.m. (Winner's Bracket Final)
Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 3 p.m. (Loser Elim.)
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 6 p.m. (Loser Elim.)
Sat., April 26 -- Championship Round
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 1 p.m.
Game 11: Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 10, 4 p.m. (if necessary)
POINT PARK TEAM NOTES -- KIAC Tournament
The Pioneers are ranked No. 23 this week in the NAIA Top 25 Poll (April 23) and have a 19-2 record since March 27. The Pioneers (35-13, 16-4 KIAC), won their last 12 KIAC games for the KIAC regular season title, their second in a row. The 2013 KIAC Tournament champions bested their 2013 KIAC win total of 14 by two games.
Point Park leads the KIAC in hitting and pitching and is second in fielding. The Pioneers lead the KIAC with a .351 team batting average -- which ranks 2nd in the NAIA -- and a 3.25 ERA -- which is 27th in the NAIA. Point Park's fielding percentage of .950 is just .001 behind KIAC defensive leader IU Southeast (.951).
The Pioneers rank highly in the NAIA statistical rankings in many offensive categories. Point Park is second in the NAIA in team batting average (.351), fourth in hits per game (10.9), fifth in doubles per game (2.4), seventh in RBIs per game (7.3), eighth in runs per game (8.0) and eighth in slugging percentage (.475).
Point Park's pitching staff is 27th in the country with a 3.25 ERA, and it ranks 24th nationally with an opponent's batting average of .245. The starting staff has an even better ERA with the top five starting pitchers combining for a 2.64 ERA.