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.
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.