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2021 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll (November 4, 2020)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After just one regular season poll a year ago, Southeastern (Fla.) returns to the top spot in the preseason edition of the Top 25 for the 2021 season. Science & Arts (Okla.) garnered two first place votes in the No. 2 spot while Georgia Gwinnett, St. Thomas (Fla.) and Tennessee Wesleyan rounded-out the top five.

 

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
  • The frequency of the polls is bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) prior to the 2016-17 academic season. This change allows raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

 

2021 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll (November 4, 2020)

RANK LAST YEAR SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] 2020 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Southeastern (Fla.) [17] 26-1 528
2 2 Science & Arts (Okla.) [2] 18-1 510
3 3 Georgia Gwinnett 23-2 497
4 4 St. Thomas (Fla.) 19-5 467
5 5 Tennessee Wesleyan 16-6 462
6 6 LSU Shreveport (La.) 22-4 434
7 8 Faulkner (Ala.) 18-4 428
8 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 22-3 425
9 9 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 17-5 394
10 10 Central Methodist (Mo.) 16-5 364
11 12 Indiana Southeast (Ind.) 18-1 358
12 11 Indiana Tech 11-5 323
13 17 Westmont (Calif.) 18-9 311
14 13 Lyon (Ark.) 20-6 300
15 15 Keiser (Fla.) 19-6 292
16 18 Oklahoma City 17-8 257
17 23 Reinhardt (Ga.) 18-7 253
18 14 Vanguard (Calif.) 21-6 241
19 19 Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) 22-7 235
20 20 Mobile (Ala.) 17-6 200
21 16 Bryan (Tenn.) 14-6 168
22 21 Middle Georgia State 17-8 151
23 24 Hope International (Calif.) 18-8 145
24 RV Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 15-5 144
25 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 15-6 96

 

Dropped from the Top 25: Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)

 

Others Receiving Votes: Taylor (Ind.) 93, Texas Wesleyan 78, Campbellsville (Ky.) 69, Tabor (Kan.) 65, Webber International (Fla.) 45, Concordia (Neb.) 20, Bellevue (Neb.) 19, Columbia (Mo.) 18, IU Kokomo (Ind.) 9, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 8, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 8, Clarke (Iowa) 7, Point (Ga.) 6.

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