Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 16, 2008. Comments below.
|Rank||Apr. 9||School (Region)||Record||Total
|1||1||Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI)||40-1||475|
|2||2||Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I)||35-4||453|
|3||3||Lee (TN) (XIII)||45-5||440|
|4||5||Oklahoma City University (VI)||40-8||408|
|5||4||Azusa Pacific (CA) (II)||33-8||393|
|6||T6||University of Mobile (AB) (XIII)||36-10||366|
|7||T6||U. of the Cumberlands (KY) (XI)||37-9||349|
|8||8||Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV)||33-12||347|
|9||10||Tennessee Wesleyan College (XII)||31-12||317|
|10||9||Spring Arbor University (MI) (VIII)||20-5||291|
|11||11||Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI)||36-9-1||272|
|12||14||Fresno Pacific University (CA) (II)||28-10||257|
|13||12||Union College (KY) (XII)||32-9||254|
|14||13||University of St. Francis (IL) (VII)||25-6||237|
|15||15||Auburn-Montgomery (AL) (XIII)||35-15||218|
|16||18||Bellevue (NE) (IV)||29-10||169|
|17||16||Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI)||25-11||161|
|18||17||Texas Wesleyan (VI)||30-11||144|
|19||19||Biola University (CA) (II)||28-12||123|
|21||22||William Jewell College (MO) (V)||29-11||93|
|22||NR||Malone College (OH) (IX)||24-9||70|
|23||20||Warner Southern College (FL) (XIV)||28-19||60|
|24||25||Oklahoma Baptist University (VI)||32-8||47|
|25||NR||Jamestown College (ND) (III)||19-6||41|
First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 19
#1 Lubbock Christian swept threegames against against Northwest Oklahoma State. Two more games scheduled with Friends were canceled. The Chaparrals have won 33 straight. SS Armando Dominguez leads the Chaparrals with an average of .444. They host the U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday.
The Chaparrals lead # 5 Oklahoma City in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings by five games, and will win the pennant with one more win or one Oklahoma City loss.
#2 Lewis-Clark State swept three games at Concordia-Portland. Two of the wins were shutouts. Matt Fitts (7-0, 4.12 ERA) got the first one, and Ryan Woods and Blaine Hardy combined for the second one. The Warriors play home-and-home against Division III Whitworth on Wednesday and Thursday, and host Corban on Friday and Saturday. They travel to Division I Gonzaga next Wednesday.
#3 Lee won two of three over Southern Wesleyan, and defeated #9 Tennessee Wesleyan 14-11. The Flames end their regular season with three games at Emmanuel on Friday and Saturday. Their lead over #15 Auburn-Montgomery in the Southern States Athletic Conference standings is one game.
#4 Oklahoma City won three games against Saint Gregory’s, and defeated Rogers State 10-2 and #18 Texas Wesleyan 23-6. David Mann is hitting .399 with 13 home runs for the Stars. They play #24 Oklahoma Baptist home-and-home on Thursday and Saturday.
#5 Azusa Pacific lost twice to #12 Fresno Pacific, and split a double-header with San Diego Christian. The Cougars play home-and-home with Cal Baptist on Wednesday and Thursday, and play a double-header at Vanguard on Saturday.
Azusa Pacific’s lead in the Golden State Athletic Conference over #12 Fresno Pacific is one game. The Sunbirds split a double-header with Concordia-Irvine after the wins over Azusa Pacific. They play home-and-home with The Master’s on Wednesday and Thursday, host a double-header with Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday, and travel to Redding, CA for a non-conference double-header against Simpson on Tuesday.
#6 U. of Mobile won two of three against Spring Hill. They host Tougaloo on Friday and Saturday.
#7 U. of the Cumberlands had a good week. They defeated Berea once, Georgetown College four times, and Indiana U. Southeast twice. Trevor Urbanick is batting .418 for the Patriots. They play Belmont on Wednesday, Brescia on Friday and Saturday, and finish their regular season at Alice Lloyd on Monday.
#8 Embry-Riddle swept three games against Saint Thomas, 9-5, 11-1, and 3-0. John Keravich and Aaron Varnum combined for the shutout in the third game, and Varnum got his 10th save of the season. In the process, the Eagles clinched their sixth Florida Sun Conference championship in seven years. The Eagles host Florida Memorial on Saturday and Sunday, and travel to Division II Rollins on Tuesday.
#9 Tennessee Wesleyan lost to #3 Lee. They host Bryan on Saturday.
#10 Spring Arbor lost a game to Huntingdon, and swept a double-header against Rochester College. They play home-and-home with Grace on Thursday and Saturday.
#11 Wayland Baptist won two of three against the U. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and lost to Hardin Simmons. Hardin Simmons has won nine straight. The Pioneers host Northwest Oklahoma State on Friday and Saturday, and Division II Eastern New Mexico on Monday.
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