Point Park just outside the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll again
April 29, 2011
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University continues to be just outside the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll as the Pioneers are in the 'others receiving votes' section for the fourth straight week. The Pioneers (29-8, 8-4 AMC) were the second team left outside of the national rankings this week as NAIA coaches have them as the 27th-best team in the country.
This week's national poll includes the same teams as last week with no schools entering or exiting the Top 25.
Point Park went 4-2 last week, which included a four-game split with AMC-leading Mt. Vernon Nazarene (9-3 AMC). Despite the Cougars holding a one-game lead over Point Park, AMC coaches voted the Pioneers as the top team in the conference for the third time in a row in Monday's AMC poll.
Point Park was the first team left out of the Top 25 last week when it fell just five votes shy of cracking the rankings. The Pioneers slipped back one spot this week and were 17 votes out of the Top 25. Point Park got 100 votes, which was 17 less than No. 25 Belhaven (Miss.) (36-14).
This week's national poll was the fourth one of the regular season. Point Park has received votes in each rating thus far, and it has been rated as a top-30 team the last three weeks. Point Park has checked in at 29th, 26th and now 27th this week.
Culver-Stockton (Mo.) (32-12) was 5-1 last week and jumped over Point Park. Culver-Stockton got 105 votes, and after Point Park at 100, there is a big drop off of 45 votes to the next school.
Point Park has experienced a big turnaround under second-year head coach Loren Torres. The Pioneers have already more than doubled their win total from 2010 when they were 13-26 overall.
The Pioneers enter their next-to-last AMC series this weekend when they play Notre Dame (OH) for four games Thursday-Saturday. Point Park hosts the Falcons for a doubleheader Thursday at 1 p.m. at Green Tree Park.