KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Despite seeing its 16-game win streak come to an end, LSU Shreveport (La.) claimed the No. 1 ranking for the third-straight week in the 2012 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. The Pilots, a near unanimous top choice for the second-straight week, garnered 18 first-place votes and 558 total points en route to the top spot.
LSU Shreveport, 37-4 on the season, owns the NAIA's top winning percentage at .902 following a 4-1 week last week. The Pilots lone loss came in game one of a doubleheader against Texas at Brownsville, 8-7, on April 14. Prior to the defeat, LSU Shreveport was riding a 16-game win streak, including a series sweep of then-No. 24 Northwood (Texas).
For the third-consecutive week, Oklahoma City and Lee (Tenn.) alternate places with the Stars edging the Flames, 530-529, for the No. 2 position. Oklahoma City is 14-2 in its last 16 games, including sweeps of Oklahoma Christian, St. Gregory's (Okla.) and Briar Cliff (Iowa), while Lee owns a 12-4 record during the same stretch.
No. 4 Azusa Pacific garnered 501 points and two first-place votes to reach the program's highest rating since May 7, 2008. The Cougars are 33-8 overall and 21-3 in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play following a four-game sweep of San Diego Christian (Calif.) on April 7 - 9.
Faulkner (Ala.) slipped one spot in this week's poll to No. 5 with 497 points to round out the top five. The Eagles are 24-3 in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) this season - one game ahead of conference rival Lee. Faulkner has won 17-straight.
No. 11 Lindsey Wilson continues its silent climb up the polls, reaching the programs highest ranking in school history. The Blue Raiders are currently riding a program-record 20-game win streak and on April 14 locked up their first Mid-South Conference regular-season championship with a doubleheader sweep of St. Catherine's (Ky.).
Shorter (Ga.) makes the biggest splash this week, rocketing up nine spots from No. 24 to No. 15 following a sweep of Belhaven (Miss.). The Hawks trail Faulker by four games in the current SSAC standings.
No. 24 College of Idaho and No. 25 Rogers State (Okla.) are the two newcomers to the Top 25, replacing Tabor (Kan.) and Spring Arbor (Mich.).
Fourteen different conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the poll with the Sooner Athletic Conference and SSAC leading the pack with four teams each, while the Sun Conference and GSAC claim three teams apiece in this week's Top 25 Poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independent/unaffiliated groupings. The next Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be released on April 24.
Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 season) LSU Shreveport (La.) earns the No. 1 ranking for the third time in program history ... No. 5 Faulkner (Ala.) is ranked amongst the top five for the second time since Nov. 12, 2003 ... Lee (Tenn.) has now been ranked for 58-consecutive polls ...The last time Lee went unranked was March 22, 2006 ... Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) leads all teams with 53 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by Oklahoma City's 28 ... Lubbock Christian Texas comes in third with 13 appearances, followed by Embry-Riddle with 11, Cumberland (Tenn.) with four and Lee with three... Oklahoma City last went unranked in the 2009 preseason poll, but has been rated no lower than seventh since then ... No. 11 Concordia (Calif.) has vaulted into the Top 25 for the fourth time since being ranked No. 15 on March 7, 2007 ... No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan is ranked for the fourth time since the first regular-season poll of last season ... No. 14 Georgetown, Cal State San Marcos and No. 20 Judson (Ill.) each made their first all-time appearances in the March 27th poll ... Azusa Pacific's No. 5 ranking marks the first time the Cougars have been ranked amongst the top five since May 7, 2008.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||LSU Shreveport (La.) (18)||37-4||558|
|4||5||Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (2)||33-8||501|
|9||10||Point Park (Pa.)||36-7||410|
|10||9||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||31-10||389|
|11||13||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||35-10||381|
|13||12||St. Thomas (Fla.)||33-10||368|
|16||19||The Master’s (Calif.)||29-15||257|
|18||14||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||26-15||248|
|19||22||South Carolina Beaufort||31-14||247|
|22||16||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||31-20||198|
|24||RV||College of Idaho||32-12||130|
|25||RV||Rogers State (Okla.)||33-12||112|