2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Final
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City closes the regular-season ranked No. 1 in the 2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Stars, who are listed at No. 1 for the 32nd time since 2000, received 15 first-place votes and 584 points en route to the top spot.
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Oklahoma City, which is the fifth different team to be listed atop the poll this season, was last ranked No. 1 on April 30, 2013. The Stars finished the year with a 43-11 overall record and won its 10th Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament crown to earn an automatic berth into the national championship Opening Round. Connor Lynch’s grand slam in the top of the ninth against Oklahoma Baptist proved the difference in the 7-5 title game win on May 4.
The rest of the top five is comprised of No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist (557 points), No. 3 Tennessee Wesleyan (six first-place votes and 539 points), No. 4 Georgia Gwinnett (531 points) and No. 5 Tabor (Kan.) (508 points).
Additionally, Tennessee Wesleyan and Tabor highlight the positive movement within the poll this week, as both programs jumped four places. Each team won their respective conference’s regular-season and tournament title, leading to an automatic berth into the championship field.
No. 11 Northwood (Fla.), which slid seven spots, suffered the farthest drop this week after going 0-2 in The Sun Conference tournament. The Seahawks close the regular-season 39-12, but have struggled of late dropping five of their last seven games.
No. 25 York (Neb.) is the only newcomer this week. The Panthers were last ranked in the 2014 Preseason Poll (Nov. 12, 2013).
The Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference lead all leagues with three teams represented.
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Notes (all information dates back to 2000): Oklahoma City is making its first appearance at No. 1 since 2013 … The top billing is the 32nd since 2000 for the Stars, which ranks second all-time … Five teams have been ranked No. 1 this year – Oklahoma City, Georgia Gwinnett, Faulkner (Ala.), Oklahoma Baptist and Cumberland (Tenn.) … No. 12 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) leads all programs with 53 top mentions … Eight other teams have been ranked No. 1 in at least two polls: former member Lubbock Christian (Texas) (13), Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (11), Faulkner (8), LSU Shreveport (La.) (6), former member Lee (Tenn.) (6), Cumberland (6) and Tennessee Wesleyan (2) … Lewis-Clark State has been ranked in a NAIA-best 145-straight polls … Thirty-nine teams have been ranked in the Top 25 this season.2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (May 8)
|RANK||PRVS||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Oklahoma City (15)||43-11||584|
|3||7||Tennessee Wesleyan (6)||43-10||539|
|8||11||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||40-16||460|
|9||8||The Master’s (Calif.)||42-12||436|
|12||12||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||41-11||386|
|13||12||LSU Shreveport (La.)||43-12||369|
|20||20||St. Thomas (Fla.)||41-15||235|
|22||22||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||37-10||175|
|24||25||William Woods (Mo.)||38-12||104|
Others receiving votes: Bryan (Tenn.) 97; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 72; Point Park (Pa.) 67; St. Catharine (Ky.) 64; Peru State (Neb.) 51; LSU Alexandria 47; British Columbia 41; Madonna (Mich.) 30; Judson (Ill.) 13; Southeastern (Fla.) 11; Cal State San Marcos 7; Lyon (Ark.) 7; Missouri Baptist 4; Mayville State (N.D.) 3.