NAIA Top 25 and Recap for May 7

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for May 7, 2008, the final poll for this season. Comments below.

Rank Apr. 30 School (Region) Record Total Points
1 1 Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI) 50-2 500
2 2 Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I) 47-5 476
3 3 Lee (TN) (XIII) 53-7 459
4 5 Azusa Pacific (CA) (II) 41-8 438
5 4 Oklahoma City University (VI) 49-10 420
6 7 Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV) 39-14 389
7 6 U. of the Cumberlands (KY) (XI) 43-12 383
8 8 University of Mobile (AB) (XIII) 42-14 345
9 11 Tennessee Wesleyan College (XII) 41-15 334
10 10 Fresno Pacific University (CA) (II) 34-12 306
11 14 Bellevue (NE) (IV) 45-12 290
12 13 University of St. Francis (IL) (VII) 41-9 289
13 12 Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI) 43-14 286
14 15 Union College (KY) (XII) 40-14 217
15 16 Auburn-Montgomery (AL) (XIII) 41-19 213
16 24 Madonna (MI) (VIII) 36-12 193
17 17 Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI) 36-14 160
18 20 LSU-Shreveport (XIII) 44-14 141
19 9 Spring Arbor University (MI) (VIII) 32-7 138
20 19 Biola University (CA) (II) 34-16 115
21 NR Oklahoma Baptist (VI) 43-14 100
22 22 Malone College (OH) (IX) 36-11 95
23 23 Warner Southern (FL) (XIV) 33-22 58
24 RV Missouri Baptist (V) 37-14 48
25 18 Texas Wesleyan (VI) 40-14 36

First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 20

#1 Lubbock Christian won the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament with a 17-7 mercy-rule win over #21 Oklahoma Baptist. The Chaparrals defeated Northwood (TX) 15-9 in the first round of the Region VI Tournament of Death. They play #13 Wayland Baptist on Wednesday. Lubbock Christian games are webcast by the Texas Sports Radio Network.

Carlos Ruvalcaba#2 Lewis-Clark State lost a game to Oregon Tech, 1-0. Carlos Ruvalcaba got a complete-game three-hit shutout. The Warriors nearly lost another one to the Hustlin’ Owls. They trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh of a seven-inning game. Pinch-hitter Mike Rivera hit an RBI double to send it into extra innings, and Ikaika Lester hit a home run in the eighth to win it. The Warriors play Concordia-Portland in the first round of the Region I tournament on Thursday. All remaining L-C State games will be webcast by KOZE Radio.

#3 Lee won their first-round game of the Region XII tournament, 15-0 against Belhaven. They play #15 Auburn-Montgomery on Wednesday.

#4 Azusa Pacific is hosting the Region II tournament. They won their first-round game against Concordia-Irvine 13-3. They play Point Loma Nazarene on Wednesday.

#5 Oklahoma City is hosting the Region VI Tournament of Death, and they won their first-round game in the 13-6 over #25 Texas Wesleyan. Next up for the Stars is #21 Oklahoma Baptist.

#6 Embry-Riddle is in the finals of the Region XIV tournament, after wins over Savannah College of Art and Design and #23 Warner Southern.

#7 U. of the Cumberlands lost the Mid-South Conference tournament to Campbellsville, 5-1. They were mercy-ruled by Martin Methodist 12-1 in the first round of the Region XI tournament. The Patriots’ season ended with a 14-5 loss to #17 Trevecca Nazarene on Wednesday.

#8 U. of Mobile was taken out of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament by #18 LSU-Shreveport. They defeated Southern Polytechnic in their first-round game of the Region XIII tournament. Next up for the Rams is a re-match with LSU-Shreveport.

#9 Tennessee Wesleyan won the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament, defeating #14 Union twice, 8-5 and 14-13. They play Brescia in the first round of the Region XII tournament on Wednesday.

#10 Fresno Pacific won their first-round game of the Region II tournament, 13-3 over Concordia-Irvine. They play #20 Biola on Wednesday.

#13 Wayland Baptist lost to #21 Oklahoma Baptist in the first round of the Region VI tournament. They must defeat #1 Lubbock Christian on Wednesday to keep their season alive.

#16 Madonna won the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament, defeating Indiana Tech twice, 17-1 and 11-10 (11 innings). They play #19 Spring Arbor in the first round of the Region VIII tournament on Wednesday.

demarini#11 Bellevue, #12 Saint Francis, #17 Trevecca Nazarene, #20 Biola, and #22 Malone are sponsored by DeMarini.

The College Baseball Blog will be providing first-hand coverage of the NAIA Baseball National Championship from Lewiston, ID May 23-30.