KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the sixth-consecutive week, LSU Shreveport (La.) holds down the No. 1 position in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office Sunday. The Pilots cruised to their second-consecutive Red River Athletic Conference title - sixth overall - with a 5-2 victory against Bacone (Okla.) on May 1. LSU Shreveport outscored opponents 45-16 during the tournament to improve to 48-4 on the season. The Pilots received 17 first-place votes and 498 total points in the final regular-season edition.
The 45 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round qualifiers will be announced on Sunday by 4 p.m. CDT with the seedings and brackets to follow by 6 p.m.
Lee (Tenn.) gathered one first-place vote and 475 points to jump from No. 5 to No. 2 this week. The Flames have won nine-straight, including a 13-0 rout of No. 5 Faulkner (Ala.) in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament on April 30. Third-ranked Oklahoma City, with 464 points, dropped one spot after falling to No. 19 Lubbock Christian (Texas), 6-5, in third round pool play of the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Tournament. The defeat snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Stars.
No. 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) earned 447 points to hold position for the fourth-consecutive week. The Cougars bounced back from a surprising, 12-5, first-round loss to Westmont (Calif.) in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament with victories against Fresno Pacific (Calif.), 9-5, and Biola (Calif.), 8-2, before losing in the title game to No. 9 Concordia (Calif.), 7-6. Azusa Pacific has not been ranked lower than fifth since joining the Top 25 in the March 27 edition.
Previously mentioned Faulkner received 440 points to round out the top-five. The Eagles finished the season with a 49-11 overall record.
Lubbock Christian made the biggest jump within the poll, leaping up five spots as six programs advanced at least two places. The Chaparrals finished runners-up in the SAC Tournament after falling to No. 7 Oklahoma Baptist, 19-8, in the championship game. Prior to the loss, Lubbock Christian snapped a three-game losing streak by winning five-straight, including the aforementioned victory against Oklahoma City.
No. 21 Missouri Baptist and No. 25 Sterling (Kan.) are the newcomers to this week's Top 25. The Spartans, who were last ranked in the 2012 Preseason Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll on Nov. 15, won both the American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular-season and tournament crowns. The Warriors, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season co-champions and tournament champion, have won six-straight and own a program-record 43 wins this season. Sterling is ranked for the first time since March 17, 2004.
One week after its first ranking since May 4, 2000, Bellevue (Neb.) falls out of the Top 25.
Sixteen different conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the poll with the SSAC and the SAC leading the pack with four teams, while the Sun Conference is third with three.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 season) LSU Shreveport (La.) earns the No. 1 ranking for the sixth time in program history ... No. 3 Faulkner (Ala.) is ranked amongst the top five for the fourth time since Nov. 12, 2003 ... Lee (Tenn.) has now been ranked for 61-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, LSU Shreveport (La.) with six, 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. 9 Concordia (Calif.) has vaulted into the Top 25 for the fifth time since being ranked No. 15 on March 7, 2007 ... No. 6 Tennessee Wesleyan is ranked for the sixth 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.) (17)||48-4||498|
|2||5||Lee (Tenn.) (1)||50-8-1||475|
|4||4||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||44-10||447|
|10||9||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||40-12||352|
|11||12||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||41-14||327|
|T12||15||St. Thomas (Fla.)||43-12||305|
|T12||10||Point Park (Pa.)||48-9||305|
|T15||13||South Carolina Beaufort||35-16||254|
|T15||17||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||36-22||254|
|19||24||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||33-20||182|
|23||18||Rogers State (Okla.)||41-14||153|
Others receiving votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 83; Campbellsville (Ky.) 57; College of Idaho 51; Union (Tenn.) 47; Tabor (Kan.) 41; Biola (Calif.) 31; Southern Poly (Ga.) 28; The Master’s (Calif.) 15; Bryan (Tenn.) 11; Peru State (Neb.) 8; York (Neb.) 6; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 5; Avila (Mo.) 3; Davenport (Mich.) 1; Siena Heights (Mich.) 1; Arizona Christian 1; Union (Ky.) 1; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1; William Woods (Mo.) 1.