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Baseball Top 25 Poll No. 5

April 24, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - LSU Shreveport (La.) holds steady at No. 1 for the fourth-consecutive week in the 2012 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. The Pilots, who enter the week with the NAIA's best winning percentage (.913), claimed 19 first-place votes and 560 total points.

LSU Shreveport, 42-4 on the season, has won seven-straight -- 23 of its last 24 -- following a perfect 5-0 week that included victories against William Carey (Miss.) on April 18 and Red River Athletic Conference foe Texas Wesleyan on April 21 - 22. Since losing to Texas at Brownsville on April 13, the Pilots have outscored opponents 61-28, including a 14-2 victory against Texas Wesleyan on April 22.

Oklahoma City holds onto the second ranking with 519 points, marking the 12th-straight poll the Stars have been ranked amongst the top three. The Stars currently lead the heavily contested Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) with a 36-8 overall record, including a 23-4 mark in the league. Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) regular-season champion Faulkner (Ala.) checks in at No. 3 this week with 518 points -- the squad's highest rating since April 27, 2002. The Eagles open SSAC tournament play on Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT against Belhaven (Miss.).

No. 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) earned 516 points and one first-place vote to retain its position for the second-straight week. The Cougars, who have not been rated lower than fifth since jumping into the Top 25 on March 27, are riding a near season-best 10 game win streak following a four-game sweep of Westmont (Calif.) on April 19 - 21.

Rounding out the top five is Lee (Tenn.), who falls two positions from last week's poll. The Flames - No. 2 seed in the SSAC Conference Tournament - open postseason play against Mobile (Ala.) on Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT.

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) recorded the largest jump in this week's poll, leaping six positions from No. 22 to No. 16. The Warhawks won eight of their last 10, including a sweep of Emmanuel (Ga.) to wrap up the regular season. Similarly to Faulkner and Lee, Auburn Montgomery opens tournament action on Thursday.

Conversely to the Warhawks, No. 24 Taylor (Ind.) suffered the largest fall in the polls, slipping seven positions, while No. 20 Shorter (Ga.) fell five spots.

Lone newcomer, No. 23 Indiana Tech makes its first appearance in the Coaches' Poll since May 9, 2007 when they were No. 20.

Sixteen different conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the poll with the SSAC leading the pack with four teams, while the SAC and the Sun Conference are second with three programs each.

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 May 1.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 season) LSU Shreveport (La.) earns the No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in program history ... No. 3 Faulkner (Ala.) is ranked amongst the top five for the second time since Nov. 12, 2003 ... Lee (Tenn.) has now been ranked for 59-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. 7 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. 17 Judson (Ill.) each made their first all-time appearances in the March 27th poll ... Azusa Pacific's No. 5 ranking on March 27 marked 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.) (19) 42-4 560
2 2 Oklahoma City 36-8 519
3 5 Faulkner (Ala.) 44-9 518
4 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (1) 38-8 516
5 3 Lee (Tenn.) 46-8-1 503
6 8 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 36-14 453
7 6 Tennessee Wesleyan 36-11 422
8 7 Oklahoma Baptist 38-11 421
9 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 35-10 413
10 9 Point Park (Pa.) 40-7 412
11 12 Concordia (Calif.) 30-15 386
12 13 St. Thomas (Fla.) 38-10 379
13 11 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 38-12 347
14 14 Georgetown (Ky.) 41-8 314
15 19 South Carolina Beaufort 34-14 307
16 22 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 35-20 268
17 20 Judson (Ill.) 38-10 245
18 18 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 28-17 238
19 21 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 35-17 236
20 15 Shorter (Ga.) 35-15 169
21 24 College of Idaho 35-13 161
22 23 Avila (Mo.) 30-10 154
23 RV Indiana Tech 33-17 148
24 17 Taylor (Ind.) 31-15 140
25 25 Rogers State (Okla.) 39-12 128
 

Others receiving votes: Tabor (Kan.) 101; Campbellsville (Ky.) 99; Bellevue (Neb.) 80; Missouri Baptist 72; Biola (Calif.) 61; The Master’s (Calif.) 41; Texas Wesleyan 14; Cal State San Marcos 14; Southern Poly (Ga.) 10; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 6; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 4; British Columbia 4; Davenport (Mich.) 1; Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 1; William Woods (Mo.) 1; Webber International (Fla.) 1; Oklahoma Wesleyan 1; Union (Tenn.) 1; Belhaven (Miss.) 1; Sterling (Kan.) 1; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 1; Northwestern Oklahoma State 1; York (Neb.) 1.