After winning its third national championship in 10 years, Cumberland ended the season ranked No. 1 in the 2014 NAIA baseball coaches’ postseason top 25 poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
The Bulldogs were the unanimous selection, collecting all 20 first-place votes and 560 total points.
Cumberland posted a 26-6 mark after April 1 to end the season, suffering losses in the Mid-South Conference Championships, the NAIA Championship Opening Round and the Avista-NAIA World Series but rebounding to win each tournament. CU was 13-3 in the postseason, registering a 2.36 earned-run-average and a .237 opponent batting average over 145 innings of work.
Cumberland won its third title with a 3-0 win against Lewis-Clark State in the finale of the 2014 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The Bulldogs (49-20) are the only No. 10 seed to ever win the championship since the current seeding format was established in 2003. It is the first No. 1 ranking for the program since the 2011 preseason poll (Nov. 16, 2010), when they were opening defense of their previous national championship, and the fifth all-time.
CU was ranked No. 10 in the 2014 preseason poll but did not appear in any of the regular season top 25 polls until the final one on May 9, coming in at No. 23.