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|
|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.
#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.
#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.