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Senators jump into top 10 of NAIA Baseball Coaches' Poll

The Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team climbed six spots to No. 9 in the fourth edition of the 2011 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the NAIA announced Wednesday.

Only Lubbock Christian University, who jumped eight spots from No. 19 to No. 11, had a larger rise than AUM in the poll. The ranking also marked the highest by the baseball program since being ranked fourth in the final poll of the 2007 season.

The Senators are currently 36-15 on the season and have won 25 of their last 28 games. In this edition of the poll, AUM earned 430 total points, up from 350 last week.

Southern States Athletic Conference foe Lee University maintained the top spot in the poll, earning 16 first-place votes and 617 total points in the poll. Embry-Riddle held firm at No. 2, earning 604 points and four first-place votes, while Oklahoma City University held on to No. 3, earning two first-place votes and 582 total points. The No. 4 and No. 5 spots also remained the same, as California Baptist and LSU-Shreveport held its position.

Twelve conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups have at least one team represented in the preseason poll, while six boast multiple Top-25 teams. The Southern States Athletic Conference continued to lead the way with six listed squads in Lee, AUM, No. 13 Brewton-Parker, No. 19 Faulkner, No. 22 Southern Poly Tech and No. 25 Belhaven.

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 26.

COMPLETE POLL

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2011 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Lee University (Tenn.) (16)

43-7

617

2

2

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) (4)

40-8

604

3

3

Oklahoma City University (2)

35-7

582

4

4

California Baptist University

36-11

558

5

5

LSU Shreveport (La.)

37-11

545

6

6

Oklahoma Baptist University

33-9

519

7

10

Cumberland University (Tenn.)

35-12

495

8

11

Union College (Ky.)

37-8

467

9

15

Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.)

36-15

430

10

9

Biola University (Calif.)

27-16

416

11

14

Missouri Baptist University

35-9

401

11

19

Lubbock Christian University (Texas)

35-9

401

13

8

Brewton-Parker College (Ga.)

31-11

387

14

13

Fresno Pacific University (Calif.)

27-16

339

14

7

University of British Columbia

26-11

339

16

17

Union University (Tenn.)

32-10

306

16

12

Northwood University (Texas)

32-13

306

18

18

Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)

24-12

289

19

20

Faulkner University (Ala.)

38-9

281

20

15

Rogers State University (Okla.)

37-10

279

21

21

Southeastern University (Fla.)

37-15

228

22

22

Southern Polytechnic State University (Ga.)

35-12

205

23

23

Tabor College (Kan.)

35-8

150

24

25

Madonna University (Mich.)

27-10

136

25

24

Belhaven University (Miss.)

36-14

117

Others receiving votes: Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) 105; Point Park University (Pa.) 100; York College (Neb.) 55; Campbellsville University (Ky.) 39; Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) 34; Taylor University (Ind.) 30; Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.) 29; Tennessee Wesleyan College 16; University of Texas at Brownsville 15; Menlo College (Calif.) 12; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 7; Concordia University (Calif.) 7; MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.) 6; Shorter University (Ga.) 5; William Woods University (Mo.) 4; College of Idaho 3; Robert Morris University (Ill.) 3; Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 1; Indiana University Southeast 1; Doane College (Neb.) 1; Oklahoma Christian University 1; Webber International University (Fla.) 1; California State University-San Marcos 1.

INFORMATION SOURCE: AUM Athletics

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