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NAIA Top 25 and Recap for April 2

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 2, 2008. Comments below.

Rank Mar. 26 School (Region) Record Total
1 1 Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I) 28-2 519
2 3 Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI) 32-1 507
3 (tie) 2 Lee (TN) (XIII) 37-3 469
3 (tie) 4 Azusa Pacific (CA) (II) 27-5 469
5 5 Oklahoma City University (VI) 35-4 446
6 6 University of Mobile (AB) (XIII) 30-7 412
7 7 Tennessee Wesleyan College (XII) 26-10 383
8 14 U. of the Cumberlands (KY) (XI) 29-6 369
9 (tie) 10 Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI) 30-7 314
9 (tie) 13 Union College (Ky.) (XII) 28-6 314
11 17 Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV) 26-11 313
12 9 Spring Arbor University (MI) (VIII) 9-3 311
13 21 Biola University (CA) (II) 22-9 263
14 16 Auburn-Montgomery (AL) 28-11 246
15 8 Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI) 20-9 227
16 RV Northwood University (FL) (XIV) 29-8 166
17 18 University of St. Francis (IL) (VII) 19-6 159
18 22 Texas Wesleyan University (VI) 23-8 158
19 12 Fresno Pacific University (CA) (II) 20-9 138
20 RV Missouri Baptist University (V) 17-7 118
21 T25 Montreat College (NC) (XII) 25-8 88
22 RV Park University (MO) (IV) 15-6 78
23 20 Ohio Dominican University (IX) 12-7 60
24 23 Jamestown College (ND) (III) 13-5 55
25 NR Belhaven College (MS) (XIII) 28-11 47

First-place votes: Lewis-Clark State 15, Lubbock Christian 6

#1 Lewis-Clark State did not play this week. They play at Division II Dixie State Friday-Sunday, and host in-state rival College of Idaho on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ryan Burke#2 Lubbock Christian swept three games against against Southern Nazarene. The Chaparrals have won 25 straight. Ryan Burke is hitting .431 with four home runs. The showdown with #5 Oklahoma City takes place in Lubbock Friday and Saturday.

The Chaparrals lead the Stars in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings by 2 ½ games.






Daniel Gandia#3 Lee‘s 34-game winning streak was broken with a 3-0 loss to Shorter. Daniel Gandia pitched a three-hit shutout for the Hawks. He is from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, has pitched 14 innings, and has a record of 2-0, 1.93 ERA. Shorter added a 4-2 win to sweep the double-header. The two losses reduced the Flames’ lead in the Southern States Athletic Conference to one game over #14 Auburn-Montgomery, and they host the Senators on Friday and Saturday. The Flames recovered from the losses by sweeping two games against Milligan.

#3 Azusa Pacific defeated Cal Baptist, swept a double-header against Point Loma Nazarene, and lost an exhibition game with the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes by only 6-3; Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 with a stolen base for the Cougars. They defeated The Master’s 6-5 on Wednesday. They play The Master’s again on Thursday, and Concordia-Irvine on Saturday.

Azusa Pacific’s lead in the Golden State Athletic Conference over #19 Fresno Pacific has been extended to 2 ½ games. The Cougars host the Sunbirds April 9-10. The Sunbirds were swept by Cal Baptist on Saturday. They host Westmont on Thursday, and Vanguard on Saturday.

Tyler Kelsey#5 Oklahoma City won two of three against #9 Wayland Baptist. The Stars won the rubber game 11-0, and Tyler Kelsey pitched a one-hit, seven inning shutout. Kelsey is 4-0, 1.97 ERA on the season.

#6 U. of Mobile swept three games against William Carey, and split a double-header with Faulkner on Tuesday. They host #25 Belhaven on Friday and Saturday.

#7 Tennessee Wesleyan split two games with Virginia-Wise. They host #9 Union on Saturday, and travel to #8 U. of the Cumberlands on Tuesday.

#8 U. of the Cumberlands swept four games against Lindsey Wilson, and lost to #9 Union 13-5 on Tuesday. The Patriots host Campbellsville on Friday and Saturday.

#9 Wayland Baptist lost two of three to #5 Oklahoma City. They host Southern Nazarene on Thursday and Friday.

#9 Union swept a double-header against Virginia Intermont, lost to #8 U. of the Cumberlands, and lost to Campbellsville. They play #7 Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday.

#11 Embry-Riddle swept three games against Warner Southern, who were ranked #11 last week. Chris Maloney pitched a nine-inning three-hit shutout for the Eagles in the second game of the series. The Eagles lost a seven-inning exhibition game to the Class A Daytona Cubs 5-4. Billy Hootman hit a home run to tie the game in the top of the seventh for the Eagles, but the Cubs pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh to win it. The Eagles travel to #16 Northwood on Friday and Saturday.

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