KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union makes its first appearance in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll since 2012 as the Bulldogs landed at No. 19, the national office announced on Tuesday.
Union (23-8 overall, 9-3 Appalachian Athletic Conference) did not receive any votes in the preseason poll, but it collected 182 in the first regular-season edition of the poll. The Bulldogs picked up two more votes than Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), which tied for No. 20. Northwestern (Iowa) received 192 total voting points to claim the 18th spot.
This marks the first time Union has appeared in the top 25 since the 2012 NAIA Preseason Poll when it was ranked No. 12.
The Bulldogs are having a solid offensive season, ranking fourth in the nation in runs scored (240) and stolen bases (94). Union is also seventh in RBIs (202), eighth in runs per game (7.742) and 10th in RBIs per game (6.516). In all, the Bulldogs rank in the top 50 in 16 statistical categories.
Individually, Nelson Price (JR/Burkesville, Ky.) ranks fifth in total RBIs (38) and RBIs per game (1.310), while Miguel Mendez (SR/Lansing, Mich.) ranks sixth in runs scored (35) and stolen bases (22).
Union returns to action on Friday when it begins a three-game, conference series at Truett-McConnell (Ga.). Game time is set for 3 p.m.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The second regular-season Top 25 will be announced on April 1.
To view the entire poll, please click here.