KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth-straight edition, Faulkner (Ala.) headlines the 2018 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Faulkner was the unanimous pick, receiving all 17 first-place votes.
Top 25 Highlights (information dates back to 2000)
• The No. 1 ranking is the 17th in program history for the Eagles.
• Faulkner comes into the week riding a nine-game winning streak and boasts a 41-3 overall record. The Eagles close out the Southern States Athletic Conference portion of their schedule this weekend with a three-game series at No. 14 Middle Georgia State.
• Three new teams joined the Top 25 – No. 23 Tennessee Wesleyan, No. 24 LSU Shreveport (La.) and No. 24 Westmont (Calif.).
• No. 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 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 (17), 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 leads all leagues with four teams ranked in the Top 25 – Faulkner, No. 11 Mobile (Ala.), Middle Georgia State and No. 19 William Carey (Miss.).
• 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. 4 (April 17, 2018)
|RANK||PRVS*||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Faulkner (Ala.) (17)||41-3||467|
|4||5||St. Thomas (Fla.)||42-4||425|
|7||4||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||29-8||390|
|8||7||Science & Arts (Okla.)||33-6||360|
|9||8||William Jessup (Calif.)||34-13||346|
|14||17||Middle Georgia State||34-13||260|
|15||14||Point Park (Pa.)||31-4||253|
|18||18||Antelope Valley (Calif.)||31-11-1||226|
|19||11||William Carey (Miss.)||28-15||205|
|22||24||Central Methodist (Mo.)||29-8||150|
|24||RV||LSU Shreveport (La.)||32-13||97|
Dropped from the Top 25 Poll: Texas A&M Texarkana (No. 21); Madonna (Mich.) (No. 22); Friends (Kan.) (No. 25)
Others receiving votes: Madonna (Mich.) 88; Friends (Kan.) 82; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 70; Cumberland (Tenn.) 51; Webber International (Fla.) 34; IU Southeast (Ind.) 25; Reinhardt (Ga.) 24; Texas A&M Texarkana 18; Indiana Tech 12; Tabor (Kan.) 9; Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) 7; Columbia (Mo.) 5; Mayville State (N.D.) 4; Taylor (Ind.) 3; Vanguard (Calif.) 3.
*Ranking from 2018 Poll No. 3 (April 3, 2018)