Lions Baseball Jumps to No. 23 in latest NAIA Coaches Poll

Lions Baseball Jumps to No. 23 in latest NAIA Coaches Poll

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017 - [Baseball]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Following an impressive start to the 2017 season, the Freed-Hardeman University Lion baseball team jumped one spot to No. 23 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, released Tuesday by the national office.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)

• Faulkner (Ala.) boasts the No. 1 ranking for the first time since March 22, 2016. The Eagles have now tallied 11 all-time top mentions, with a No. 1 position at least once in each of the past five seasons.
• The 20 wins accomplished by Faulkner this year is tied for second most in the NAIA – through games played Sunday, March 5. No. 24 Reinhardt (Ga.) leads the nation with 22 victories.
• Next up is a contest with No. 10 Tennessee Wesleyan on Wednesday.
• Vaulting up from the preseason unranked category, No. 2 (tie) Oklahoma Wesleyan claims 466 points this poll. The Eagles are fans of the long ball, ranking No. 2 in the NAIA in home runs per game (1.9) and third in slugging percentage (.620).
• Tied with Oklahoma Wesleyan, No. 3 Georgia Gwinnett moves up after holding a No. 5 preseason ranking.
• No. 4 Oklahoma City jumps into the Top 25 after a non-ranking in the preseason edition.
• No. 5 Keiser (Fla.), improving 10 spots, rounds out the top five.
• Preseason No. 1 and defending national champion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) was marked in the No. 8 slot in this edition.
• No teams held their same ranking from the Preseason Top 25
• Nine newcomers joined the Top 25 this week, which was highlighted by No. 2 (tie) Oklahoma Wesleyan and No. 4 Oklahoma City. No. 6 Menlo (Calif) and No. 7 Southeastern (Fla.) also jump into the top 10 after a non-preseason ranking.
• Lewis-Clark State leads all active members with 58 total No. 1 mentions, dating back to 2000. Ten other teams have been ranked No. 1 in at least two polls: Oklahoma City (32), former member Lubbock Christian (Texas) (13), former member Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (11), Faulkner (11), Georgia Gwinnett (8), LSU Shreveport (La.) (6), former member Lee (Tenn.) (6), Cumberland (Tenn.) (6) and Tennessee Wesleyan (2).
• Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2016: Faulkner (twice), Georgia Gwinnett (seven times) and Lewis-Clark State (twice). 
• The Southern States Athletic Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented: No. 1 Faulkner, No. 12 William Carey (Miss.), No. 19 Middle Georgia State and No. 25 Mobile (Ala.). The Appalachian Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference each send three Top 25 teams into the poll. Overall, 14 of the 18 conferences are represented this week.


2017 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (March 7) – No. 1

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2017 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

2

Faulkner (Ala.) (18)

20-2

498

T2

RV

Oklahoma Wesleyan

18-3

466

T2

5

Georgia Gwinnett

16-5

466

4

RV

Oklahoma City

20-4

448

5

15

Keiser (Fla.)

16-5-1

431

6

NR

Menlo (Calif.)

17-2

395

7

RV

Southeastern (Fla.)

19-1

380

8

1

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

6-4

366

9

10

Tabor (Kan.)

15-4

361

10

4

Tennessee Wesleyan

12-7

350

11

NR

Clarke (Iowa)

10-1

342

12

23

William Carey (Miss.)

15-4

333

13

RV

LSU Shreveport (La.)

15-4

295

14

RV

Bryan (Tenn.)

16-5

270

15

6

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

11-7

269

16

20

Vanguard (Calif.)

16-8

230

17

7

Science & Arts (Okla.)

16-7

226

18

3

Bellevue (Neb.)

7-6

210

19

17

Middle Georgia State

17-6

207

20

19

Northwestern Ohio

17-9

202

21

8

Westmont (Calif.)

11-4

189

22

12

St. Thomas (Fla.)

12-6

166

23

24

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

12-7

137

24

NR

Reinhardt (Ga.)

22-4

90

25

NR

Mobile (Ala.)

15-4

89