KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-straight edition, Faulkner (Ala.) claims the No. 1 ranking in the 2018 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Eagles garnered 14-of-18 first-place votes and 495 total points.
Top 25 Highlights (information dates back to 2000)
• Led by one of the NAIA’s top pitching staff, the Faulkner rests in the No. 1 spot for the 15th time in program history.
• The Eagles are 28-2 on the season with their only losses coming to No. 14 Mobile (Ala.) – one of which was a 5-4 extra innings defeat. Faulkner has won six-straight entering Tuesday.
• The Eagles return to action Friday with the first of a three-game series against Blue Mountain (Miss.).
• No. 2 Georgia Gwinnett claimed the other four first-place votes.
• Three new teams joined the Top 25 this edition – No. 20 Lyon (Ark.), No. 22 Madonna (Mich.) and No. 25 Cumberland (Tenn.). Lyon snaps the longest drought among the trio, as the Scots last mention came on June 5, 2013.
• No. 5 Lewis-Clark State leads all active members with 60 total No. 1 mentions, dating back to 2000. Ten other teams have been ranked No. 1 in at least two polls: Oklahoma City (34), Faulkner (15), 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 Southern States Athletic Conference and the Sooner Athletic Conference both have four teams represented in the poll, which is the most among sponsoring conferences.
• 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 Poll – No. 2 (March 20, 2018)
|RANK||PRVS*||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Faulkner (Ala.) (14)||28-2||495|
|2||2||Georgia Gwinnett (4)||23-4||485|
|5||6||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||20-5||426|
|6||7||William Jessup (Calif.)||29-6||417|
|7||9||St. Thomas (Fla.)||26-3||406|
|8||10||Science & Arts (Okla.)||20-3||390|
|11||8||William Carey (Miss.)||19-8||335|
|15||15||Middle Georgia State||23-9||250|
|16||22||Point Park (Pa.)||18-1||244|
|17||17||Antelope Valley (Calif.)||20-9-1||241|
|23||12||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||18-9||124|
|24||25||Central Methodist (Mo.)||18-5||119|
Dropped from the Top 25 Poll: William Woods (Mo.) (No. 20); Reinhardt (Ga.) (No. 23); Vanguard (Calif.) (No. 24).
Others receiving votes: Reinhardt (Ga.) 83; William Woods (Mo.) 74; Taylor (Ind.) 64; Vanguard (Calif.) 39; Cumberlands (Ky.) 36; Tennessee Wesleyan 29; IU Southeast (Ind.) 27; Friends (Kan.) 21; Florida Memorial 14; University of Northwestern Ohio 12; Westmont (Calif.) 8; Corban (Ore.) 6; Columbia (Mo.) 5; Blue Mountain (Miss.) 5; Webber International (Fla.) 3.
*Ranking from 2018 Poll No. 1 (March 6, 2018)