2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 2
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-consecutive week, Oklahoma Baptist holds the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Bison were the unanimous top pick after garnering all 21 first-place votes and 591 total points.
Oklahoma Baptist entered the week with a 22-0 record and are joined by Purdue Calumet (Ind.) (7-0) as the only remaining unbeaten teams in NAIA baseball. The Bison own one of the NAIA’s top offense, ranking among the top five in five statistical categories, including leading the nation in batting average (.377) and slugging percentage (.572).
Faulkner (Ala.) locks down the No. 2 position for a second-straight instalment with 572 points. The Eagles improved to 27-3 after sweeping Loyola (La.) over the weekend.
No. 3 Missouri Baptist (543 points), No. 4 Tabor (Kan.) (537 points) and No. 5 Georgia Gwinnett (519 points) round out the top five.
Similar to last edition, significant movement occurred throughout the poll as only six squads held their spots from the first regular-season poll. Westmont (Calif.) jumped a poll-best eight spots from No. 21 to No. 13 this week. The Warriors are 22-7 and have won nine of their last 11.
Two newcomers joined the Top 25 – No. 22 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 23 Southeastern (Fla.).
The Southern States Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference each boast a poll-best three programs.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, the Association of Independent Institutions and the NAIA West Group. The third regular-season edition will be released on March 17, 2015.
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Notes (all information dates back to 2000): Oklahoma Baptist is making its second-straight appearance at No. 1 since the 2014 final regular season poll on May 9, 2014 … Overall, the Bison have been ranked No. 1 seven times …Oklahoma Baptist and defending national champion Cumberland (Tenn.) have topped the poll this season … Ten different teams have held the No. 1 ranking since 2000 … No. 9 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) leads all programs with 53 top mentions, while No. 13 Oklahoma City is second with 31 … Eight other teams have been ranked No. 1 in at least two polls: former member Lubbock Christian (Texas) (13), Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (11), LSU Shreveport (La.) (6), former member Lee (Tenn.) (6), Cumberland (6), Oklahoma Baptist (6), Faulkner (5) and Tennessee Wesleyan (2) … Lewis-Clark State has been ranked in a NAIA-best 138-straight polls.2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (March 17)
|RANK||PRVS^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (21)||22-0||591|
|6||11||The Master’s (Calif.)||24-6||474|
|9||9||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||17-5||453|
|10||10||LSU Shreveport (La.)||16-5||416|
|17||12||St. Thomas (Fla.)||18-8||308|
|19||15||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||16-9||235|
|21||24||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||5-1||175|
|22||RV||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||13-7||173|
|24||20||Point Park (Pa.)||10-4||136|
Others receiving votes: USC Beaufort (S.C.) 96; Campbellsville (Ky.) 80; Northwestern Ohio 61; Lyon (Ark.) 50; Union (Ky.) 49; Friends (Kan.) 38; Doane (Neb.) 25; Bryan (Tenn.) 15; Science & Arts (Okla.) 14; Cal State San Marcos 13; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 13; Vanguard (Calif.) 9; Jamestown (N.D.) 6; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 6; William Woods (Mo.) 6; Judson (Ill.) 3; Taylor (Ind.) 3; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 3.