KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One week after earning the team's first top ranking in program history, LSU Shreveport maintained its claim of the No. 1 spot in the third edition of the 2012 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the NAIA announced on Tuesday. The Pilots, who tallied 18 first-place votes and 558 points, are 33-3 on the season following a three-game series sweep of Houston-Victoria (Texas) on April 6 - 7.
With the victories, LSU Shreveport extended its current win streak to 14 games -- its last loss coming on March 2 at Southwest (N.M.), 10-9. Against Houston-Victoria, the Pilots outscored the Jaguars 20-1, surrendering the lone run with one out in the seventh inning of game three. LSU Shreveport ranks amongst the top 10 teams nationally in runs scored per game (9.2), RBIs per game (8.2), opponent batting average (.200), earned run average (2.42), batting average (.351), hits per game (11.5), runs scored (332), RBIs (296) and slugging percentage (.511).
Lee (Tenn.), propelled largely by a series sweep of then-No. 15 Southern Poly (Ga.), leapfrogs into the No. 2 spot with 537 points, while Oklahoma City drops to No. 3 with one first-place vote and 521 points. The Stars have won six of their last seven, including 2-of-3 from Rogers State (Okla.) on April 5 and 7.
No. 4 Faulkner (Ala.) moves into the top five for the first time since Nov. 12, 2003 with 477 points. The Eagles have won 12-straight to improve to 36-9 overall and are tied with Lee for first-place in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) with a 21-3 conference mark.
No. 5 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) rounds out the top five for the third-consecutive week with 451 points and one first-place vote. The Cougars are 31-8 on the season and have won five straight.
Eight teams advanced at least two positions from last week, led by Tabor (Kan.) who rockets up six positions from No. 23 to No. 17 -- the squad's highest all-time ranking. The Blue Jays hold a two-game cushion atop the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) with a 29-5 overall record and 15-1 mark in league play. Tabor's lone loss in KCAC play came on March 31 against Saint Mary (Kan.), 5-3.
Conversely to Tabor, Spring Arbor (Mich.) drops 16 spots from No. 8 to No. 25 following a week that saw the Cougars lose 4-of-6 games, including three-straight to then-unranked Taylor (Ind.).
Southern Poly (Ga.), Cal State San Marcos and Belhaven (Miss.) fall out of the Top 25 Poll this week, while No. 22 South Carolina Beaufort and No. 24 Shorter (Ga.) appear for the first time. No. 20 Taylor is ranked for the second time this season.
The SSAC landed an NAIA-leading four teams among the Top 25: Lee, Faulkner (Ala.), No. 16 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) and Shorter. In addition to the SSAC, the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and the Sun Conference boast a trio of ranked programs.
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 17.
Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 season) LSU Shreveport (La.) earns the No. 1 ranking for the second time in program history ... No. 4 Faulkner (Ala.) is ranked amongst the top five for the first time since Nov. 12, 2003 ... Lee (Tenn.) has now been ranked for 57-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. 21 Georgetown, No. 25 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.) (17)||30-3||527|
|3||2||Oklahoma City (1)||30-7||491|
|5||5||Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (1)||31-8||451|
|9||12||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||29-9||382|
|10||8||Point Park (Pa.)||31-6||365|
|12||14||St. Thomas (Fla.)||31-9||353|
|13||16||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||29-10||320|
|14||13||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||25-13||266|
|16||17||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||28-18||258|
|19||24||The Master’s (Calif.)||28-14||207|
|22||RV||South Carolina Beaufort||27-13||179|
|25||9||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||26-7||137|
Others receiving votes: Rogers State (Okla.) 100; Madonna (Mich.) 85; Southern Poly (Ga.) 55; College of Idaho 47; Bethel (Tenn.) 30; Bellevue (Neb.) 25; Cal State San Marcos 22; Sterling (Kan.) 15; Belhaven (Miss.) 14; Texas at Brownsville 14; St. Francis (Ill.) 11; Campbellsville (Ky.) 10; Missouri Baptist 9; Texas Wesleyan 5; Biola (Calif.) 4; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 3; Indiana Tech 1; Davenport (Mich.) 1; William Woods (Mo.) 1; Webber International (Fla.) 1; Bryan (Tenn.) 1; British Columbia 1; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 1; Morningside (Iowa) 1; Waldorf (Iowa) 1.