KANSAS CITY, Mo. – National champion Southeastern (Fla.) ends the 2018 season with the No. 1 ranking in the 2018 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll. The Fire collected all 15 first-place votes and 405 total points.
Top 25 Highlights (information dates back to 2000):
• The No. 1 ranking is the first in program history for Southeastern. The Fire had previously been ranked no higher than No. 3.
• Southeastern closed the season on an eight-game winning streak, including a 6-3 victory over No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in the 2018 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series title game.
• The Fire (59-7)
• Rounding out the top five are Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), No. 3 Georgia Gwinnett, No. 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and No. 5 Faulkner (Ala.).
• There are three newcomers to the Top 25 – No. 9 University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), No. 10 Reinhardt (Ga.) and No. 23 Indiana Tech. Both UNOH and Reinhardt won opening round titles and made appearances in the World Series.
• Lewis-Clark State leads all active members with 60 total No. 1 mentions since 2000. Ten other teams have been ranked No. 1 in at least two polls: Oklahoma City (34), Faulkner (18), former member Lubbock Christian (Texas) (13), former member Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (11), Georgia Gwinnett (8), LSU Shreveport (La.) (6), former member Lee (Tenn.) (6), Cumberland (Tenn.) (6) and Tennessee Wesleyan (2).
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
• Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• The frequency of the polls is bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) prior to the 2016-17 academic season. This change allows raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work between rating periods.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2018 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Postseason Poll (June 6, 2018)
|RANK||PRVS*||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||4||Southeastern (Fla.) (15)||59-7||405|
|4||6||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||40-13||365|
|6||17||Antelope Valley (Calif.)||46-14-1||334|
|8||3||St. Thomas (Fla.)||56-9||318|
|9||NR||University of Northwestern Ohio||43-20||307|
|12||10||William Jessup (Calif.)||41-17||247|
|13||8||Science & Arts (Okla.)||46-8||240|
|15||16||Point Park (Pa.)||47-9||227|
|18||12||Middle Georgia State||45-18||167|
|24||22||Central Methodist (Mo.)||41-16||98|
Dropped from the Top 25 Poll: Westmont (Calif.) (No. 20); Texas Wesleyan (No. 23); LSU Shreveport (La.) (No. 25)
Others receiving votes: IU Southeast (Ind.) 77; Bellevue (Neb.) 57; Westmont (Calif.) 54; LSU Shreveport (La.) 52; Webber International (Fla.) 40; William Carey (Miss.) 31; Point (Ga.) 29; Texas Wesleyan 12; Judson (Ill.) 8; Clarke (Iowa) 6; Cumberland (Tenn.) 5.
*Ranking from 2018 Poll Final (May 1, 2018)