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The Warhawk baseball team will begin the 2013 season ranked 18th in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Top 25.
The Warhawk baseball team will begin the 2013 season ranked 18th in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Top 25.
Baseball - Wed. Nov. 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ----- The Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team will begin the 2013 season ranked 18th in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 poll, the national office announced recently.

The Warhawks earned 208 points in the rankings, just one point behind Bellevue (Neb.).

Defending national champions Tennessee Wesleyan earned 17 first-place votes and 528 total points en route to the top spot in the poll, while LSU-Shreveport was ranked second. Southern States Athletic Conference rival Lee was third with 493 points, followed by Oklahoma City and Rogers State (Okla.), respectively.

The SSAC ranked second in the rankings with three teams ranked, as the Warhawks were joined by the Flames and No. 9 Faulkner. The Sooner Conference paced all leagues with four ranked teams.

The Warhawks finished 38-24 last season, but lost 17 seniors from that squad. However, AUM returns several key position players in senior ouftfielders Shane Turner and Carson Amick, as well as senior infielders Wes Hughes and Branden Kelley. The Warhawks also return three significant contributors on the mound in seniors Will Ruffin, Blake Woo and Eran Franks.

AUM opens its 2013 campaign on Saturday, February 2, when it hosts Lindsey Wilson in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

2012-13 NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Nov. 13)

RANK

LAST TIME^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2012 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Tennessee Wesleyan (17)

53-12

528

2

3

LSU Shreveport (La.)

54-6

501

3

4

Lee (Tenn.) (2)

56-11-1

493

4

5

Oklahoma City

48-12

486

5

2

Rogers State (Okla.)

49-16

454

6

6

Point Park (Pa.)

53-11

445

7

9

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

43-17

430

8

8

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

42-14

395

9

13

Faulkner (Ala.)

48-13

387

10

12

Oklahoma Baptist

47-14

372

11

16

Concordia (Calif.)

38-18

362

12

14

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

43-16

339

13

15

St. Thomas (Fla.)

42-12

325

14

18

Missouri Baptist

39-16

322

15

20

Sterling (Kan.)

45-14

250

16

22

Lubbock Christian (Texas)

35-22

239

17

RV

Bellevue (Neb.)

40-21

209

18

17

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

38-24

208

19

RV

St. Francis (Ill.)

40-17

207

20

19

Georgetown (Ky.)

45-11

192

21

7

South Carolina Beaufort

41-18

160

22

RV

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

36-23

140

23

RV

Doane (Neb.)

36-21

135

24

NR

Madonna (Mich.)

35-21

132

25

21

Judson (Ill.)

47-14

120


Others receiving votes: Taylor (Ind.) 115; Indiana Tech 68; York (Neb.) 65; Tabor (Kan.) 54; Peru State (Neb.) 44; Bryan (Tenn.) 39; British Columbia 34; Southern Poly (Ga.) 32; Biola (Calif.) 31; College of Idaho 23; Cumberland (Tenn.) 13; Texas Wesleyan 11; Avila (Mo.) 10; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 4; Indiana Southeast 3; Davenport (Mich.) 3.

^ Ranking indicated in 2012 Postseason Top 25 Poll (June 5, 2012)