AUM baseball Jumps to #4 in NAIA Coaches’ Top 25
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (aumathletics.com) — The Auburn Montgomery baseball team moved up nine spots to No. 4 in the first regular season edition of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday.
The Warhawks, off to a 22-6 start, earned their highest ranking since May 9, 2007, when they were ranked fourth in the poll. AUM was ranked inside the top-10 during the entire 2007 season, spending one week at No. 8, two weeks at fifth, six at No. 4 and one week at No. 3.
The Warhawks earned 442 points and trailed No. 3 Georgia Gwinnett by just one point. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) earned the No. 2 spot with 451 points, including nine first-place votes. Southern States Athletic Conference rival Faulkner secured the top spot with 488 points, while also earning nine first-place nods. Bellevue (Neb.) rounded out the top five with 426 points.
The nine-spot jump was overshadowed only by a 10-spot climb by No. 6 Westmont. Additionally, No. 7 USC Beaufort, No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 10 Jamestown (N.D) went from not ranked to the top 10.
The SSAC was one of four conferences across the nation to have three teams within the top 25, as No. 16 Bethel joined the Warhawks and the Eagles. In addition to the SSAC, the Golden State Athletic Conference, Appalachian Athletic Conference and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference also had three teams ranked. League foe Middle Georgia State was among the others receiving votes.
The Warhawks will return to action Friday, March 18, when they host the opening game of a three-game conference series against the No. 16 Wildcats. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.