The Baseball Observer Feb 2015 vol 1 - Page 62

2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll Defending national champion Cumberland (Tenn.) holds down the No. 1 ranking November 11, 2014 By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending Avista-NAIA World Series champion Cumberland (Tenn.) holds down the No. 1 ranking in the 2015 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs collected 19-of-20 first-place votes and 560 total points en route to its sixth top billing since 2000. Cumberland, which finished 2014 with a 49-20 record, won its third all-time championship with a 3-0 win against Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). With the victory, the Bulldogs became the first No. 10 seed to ever win the World Series since the current seeding format was established in 2003. NAIA Hall of Famer Woody Hunt is in his 34th season as the head coach of the Bulldogs. The legendary head coach is one-of-six coaches in NAIA history to register 1,000 career wins. Hunt heads into the 2015 season with a 1,451-608-5 overall record. National runner-up Lewis-Clark State checks in at No. 2 for the fourth-straight edition with 535 points. Despite losing a pair of 2014 All-Americans in Cody Lavalli and Jake Shirley to graduation, the Warriors return a strong core led by junior pitcher/first baseman Ty Jackson. The Kennewick, Wash., native was 4-1 with a 2.73 earned run average last season, while also ranking third on the team in home runs (7) and fourth in RBIs (37).