KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After starting the season 25-14, the Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team has jumped up the No. 21 in the first regular-season NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced on Tuesday.
The Senators return to the top 25 for the first time since the 2010 Preseason Poll, which was released on Nov. 17, 2009, in which AUM was ranked 23rd.
In the poll released on Tuesday, the Senators earned a total of 192 points, after receiving one vote in the 2011 Preseason Poll.
Oklahoma City University earned the top spot in the poll, earning 583 points and capturing 17-of-21 first-place votes. Lee University is ranked second, after earning 568 points and two first-place votes, while Embry-Riddle comes in at No. 3 with 555 points. Previously unranked Oklahoma Baptist jumped up to No. 4, while Brewton-Parker rounds out the top five.
The Southern States Athletic Conference led all leagues with five listed squads in the poll. Joining the Senators, Lee and Brewton-Parker, were Faulkner (No. 10) and Southern Polytechnic State (No. 15).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The next poll will be announced on April 5.