SEWARD, Neb. – As another barometer of the success enjoyed by Concordia University Baseball in 2021, the program has achieved its best ranking in program history. In the NAIA Baseball Postseason Coaches’ Top 25 released on Wednesday (June 9), the Bulldogs landed at No. 12. The previous best rating for Concordia had been No. 19 in the poll unveiled on May 12.
Head Coach Ryan Dupic’s program cracked the top 25 of the official poll for the first time ever when it slid in at No. 24 on March 17. The Bulldogs achieved national rankings in each of the final six NAIA polls of the 2021 season. They began the campaign listed among teams receiving votes. Also noteworthy, Concordia spent the entire 2021 season rated as the No. 1 team in the GPAC.
Prior to the 2021 season, Bulldog Baseball earned votes in the national poll in 2018, 2019 and 2020. It received votes in the final poll of 2019 after winning the GPAC regular season title and appearing in the opening round of the national tournament.
Not only did this Concordia edition finished ranked No. 12, it broke a school record with 42 victories. The list of accomplishments also included GPAC regular season and postseason titles, an NAIA World Series appearance and a program record 90 home runs. Staff ace Jake Fosgett was named the GPAC Pitcher of the Year and an NAIA honorable mention All-American.
NAIA national rankings in 2021
Nov. 4 – RV
March 17 – 24
March 31 – 20
April 14 – 22
April 28 – 20
May 12 – 19
June 9 – 12