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2018 NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll No. 3 (April 10)

Georgia Gwinnett - 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Georgia Gwinnett is voted as the unanimous No. 1 pick in the third regular-season installment of the 2018 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. Ranked No. 1 for the third-straight poll, the Grizzlies collected all 19 first-place votes for the first time in school history.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):

  • Georgia Gwinnett posted 529 total points this week.
  • With a 35-2 (.946) overall record, the Grizzlies own the second-best win percentage in the NAIA behind second-ranked Marian (Ind.).
  • Georgia Gwinnett has won 16-straight games heading into its doubleheader at home vs Reinhardt (Ga.) on Tuesday. The Grizzlies are a perfect 22-0 this year at their home facility.
  • Looming in the distance are a pair of twinbills against No. 14 Thomas (Ga.) on April 22 and No. 18 Faulkner (Ala.) on April 24.
  • No. 2 Marian stands 23-1 and has now been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last 12 polls dating back to the end of the 2016 season.
  • No. 8 Vanguard (Calif.) is the first NAIA team to reach the 40-win threshold. The Lions (41-6) did that on April 7 against San Diego Christian (Calif.).
  • The only newcomer this week – No. 22 (tie) Grand View (Iowa) – is on a seven-win streak. The Vikings were ranked in the first regular-season and preseason polls.
  • No. 5 Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 132-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch. No. 12 William Carey (Miss.) is second with 95-consecutive mentions, followed by No. 9 (tie) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 56-straight.
  • Former member California Baptist tops the charts of most all-time No. 1 mentions with 46. Oklahoma City is second all-time with 43, followed by former member Concordia (Calif.) with 24, former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) with 18 and Thomas (Ga.) with 13.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• Frequency of polls occur bi-weekly.
• For the complete calendar of 2018 Top 25 Polls, click here.
 

2018 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll No. 3 (April 10, 2018)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2018 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Georgia Gwinnett (19) 35-2 529
2 3 Marian (Ind.) 23-1 503
3 2 Science & Arts (Okla.) 36-3 497
4 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) 29-4 482
5 6 Oklahoma City 32-5 463
6 15 Hope International (Calif.) 34-4 429
7 13 Mobile (Ala.) 31-8 388
8 5 Vanguard (Calif.) 41-6 384
T9 14 Southern Oregon 29-9 380
T9 11 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 29-6 380
11 12 Indiana Wesleyan 30-5 375
12 9 William Carey (Miss.) 26-8 332
13 7 Corban (Ore.) 23-8 318
14 10 Thomas (Ga.) 25-9 315
15 8 Columbia (Mo.) 16-9 285
16 16 Jamestown (N.D.) 29-6 281
17 18 Central Methodist (Mo.) 23-4 276
18 21 Faulkner (Ala.) 31-7 228
19 17 St. Francis (Ill.) 16-6 220
20 22 Warner (Fla.) 26-9 217
21 19 Brenau (Ga.) 20-11 177
T22 NR Grand View (Iowa) 20-4 141
T22 24 Oregon Tech 24-9 141
24 20 Ottawa (Kan.) 24-10 122
T25 25 Morningside (Iowa) 15-8 86
T25 23 Baker (Kan.) 25-6 86

Others Receiving Votes: Rio Grande (Ohio) 61; Valley City State (N.D.) 58; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 53; Southeastern (Fla.) 43; Georgetown (Ky.) 31; Texas Wesleyan 28; Aquinas (Mich.) 19; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 16; LSU Alexandria (La.) 12; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 9; Cumberland (Tenn.) 6; Northwestern (Iowa) 3.

Dropped Out: None

^ Previous ranking occurred March 27, 2018 (Poll No. 2)

Championship Information

NAIA Softball Championship
Sports Rules - Softball