2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches? Postseason Top 25 Poll
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series champion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) ranks No. 1 in the postseason installment of the 2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Warriors claimed all 17 first-place votes and 467 points en route to their 54th top billing since 2000.
Lewis-Clark State, which was last ranked No. 1 on May 12, 2010, won its 17th World Series title with a 10-7 come from behind victory against St. Thomas (Fla.) on May 29. The fourth-seeded Warriors (46-12) – only the fifth team seeded fourth-or-higher to win the national championship since the current seeding format began in 2003 – scored nine unanswered runs in the finale after erasing a five-run deficit against Faulkner (Ala.) the night before. The banner is the first for Lewis-Clark State since 2008.
Significant movement occurred throughout the entire poll, as only No. 17 Northwestern Ohio and No. 23 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) held their spots from the final regular-season edition.
World Series runner-up St. Thomas accrued 451 points to grab the No. 2 ranking – its first top five billing since April 25, 2007. No. 3 Faulkner (Ala.) (438 points), No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (419 points) and No. 5 Concordia (Calif.) (404 points) round out the top five. Of the quintet, only Faulkner ranked in the top 10 in the May 8 edition.
No. 8 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 25 Bryan (Tenn.) are the only newcomers this week. The Lions, who were previously unranked, stormed through the Santa Clarita Bracket to qualify for the World Series for only the second time in program history. Vanguard’s other trip came back in 1985.
Lindsey Wilson, which was lasted ranked No. 22 on March 17, made program history with its first-ever World Series appearance two weeks ago. The Blue Raiders won the Kingsport Bracket to punch their ticket to Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho.
In its second Opening Round appearance, Bryan went 2-2 in the Daytona Beach Bracket after losing to Rio Grande (Ohio), 5-4, on May 14.
The Golden State Athletic Conference – Concordia, Vanguard, No. 19 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 24 The Master’s (Calif.) – leads all leagues with four teams represented.
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Notes (all information dates back to 2000): Lewis-Clark State is making its first No. 1 appearance since May 12, 2010 … The Warriors boast a NAIA-best 54 top mentions since 2000 … Six teams have been ranked No. 1 this year – Lewis-Clark State, Oklahoma City, Georgia Gwinnett, Faulkner (Ala.), Oklahoma Baptist and Cumberland (Tenn.) … No. 11 Oklahoma City is second with 32 No. 1 rankings … 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 146-straight polls … Thirty-nine teams have been ranked in the Top 25 this season.2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll (June 3)
|RANK||PRVS||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||12||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (17)||46-12||467|
|2||20||St. Thomas (Fla.)||48-18||451|
|10||RV||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||41-19||331|
|15||13||LSU Shreveport (La.)||46-14||254|
|18||8||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||40-18||198|
|24||9||The Master’s (Calif.)||42-14||117|
Others receiving votes: Missouri Baptist 105; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 65; Rio Grande (Ohio) 45; York (Neb.) 44; British Columbia 31; Mayville State (N.D.) 24; Lyon (Ark.) 19; Peru State (Neb.) 15; St. Catharine (Ky.) 13; William Woods (Mo.) 6; LSU Alexandria (La.) 3; Madonna (Mich.) 3.