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2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1

March 18, 2014
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By Chad Waller, Director ofCommunications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Defending national champion Concordia (Calif.) holds the No. 1 position in the first regular season edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office Tuesday. The Eagles, who were also atop the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, hold the No. 1 sport for the 11th-straight poll after starting the season with a 25-3 record.

With 13-of-the-20 first-place votes, Concordia posted 554 total points. The Eagles have now been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last 22 polls.

Moving up one spot to the No. 2 position was Oklahoma City, which received seven first-place votes to tally 548 points. The Stars slid up into the second spot for the first time since May 29, 2012.

Switching spots with Oklahoma City was Spring Hill (Ala.), which claimed 519 points to take the No. 3 spot in the rankings. Last season’s national runner-up is led in the circle again by NAIA First Team All-American Caroline Segrera, who leads the nation with 150 strikeouts.

No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) also moved up one place in the poll with 486 points.

The biggest jump of the week came from LSU Alexandria (La.), which went from the receiving votes group to the No. 5 spot with 478 points thanks to a 24-3 record.

Biola (Calif.) moved into the rankings for the first time since March 29, 2011 after not receiving votes in the preseason poll to mark one of the other significant moves of the week. On the other end of the spectrum, Oklahoma Baptist and Concordia (Ore.) slipped out of the top 25.

Three of the final five spots were taken by newcomers to the poll after receiving votes in the preseason edition: No. 21 Simpson (Calif.), No. 23 Davenport (Mich.) and No. 24 (tie) Campbellsville (Ky.). The top 25 ranking was the first for Simpson (dating back to 2000) while Davenport returned to the polls for the first time since March 20, 2012.

The Southern States Athletic Conference hails the most Top 25 mentions with five teams: Spring Hill, No. 6 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 8 Belhaven (Miss.), No. 13 William Carey (Miss.), and No. 19 Brenau (Ga.). Five conferences landed two teams each in the Top 25: American Midwest Conference, Cascade Collegiate Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference, Mid-South Conference, and the Sooner Athletic Conference.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences /independent /unaffiliated groupings. The next regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on March 25.

For the complete calendar of 2014 Top 25 Polls, click here.

Notes: (all information dating back to 2000) The 11-straight No. 1 rankings for Concordia (Calif.) is the longest stretch for any program since former member California Baptist rattled through 24-consecutive polls from 2009 - 11… No. 18 Central Methodist (Mo.) returned to the top 25 in the same position of its last previous ranking in the 2013 Preseason Top 25 (Nov. 12)… Sixteen programs have been ranked in each of the 10polls (including Preseason) this year… No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) has now held the No. 1 position in 16 of the last 18 polls dating back to the 2012 season…No. 2 Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 92-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch, which dates back to start of 2004 season; No. 13 William Carey (Miss.) is second with 55-consecutive mentions and No. 1 Concordia is right behind at 46-straight polls… Since 2000, there have been 11 teams to be on top of the polls: Concordia,Cal State San Marcos, California Baptist, Lubbock Christian, Mobile (Ala.), Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City, Oregon Tech, former NAIA member Simon Fraser (B.C.), former member Shorter (Ga.) and Thomas (Ga.)… California Baptist leads the way with 46 all-time No. 1 appearances, followed by Oklahoma City with 20, Simon Fraser with 18, Concordia with 16, Thomas with 13,Mobile with five and Lubbock Christian with four.

2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (March 18)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Concordia (Calif.) (13) 25-3 554
2 3 Oklahoma City (7) 25-1 548
3 2 Spring Hill (Ala.) 17-4 519
4 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 14-2 486
5 RV LSU Alexandria 24-3 478
6 7 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 15-3 459
7 8 Cal State San Marcos 18-3-1 430
8 9 Belhaven (Miss.) 18-3 424
9 11 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 18-2 414
10 5 Reinhardt (Ga.) 22-7 369
10 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 11-3 369
12 NR Biola (Calif.) 22-4 351
13 21 William Carey (Miss.) 19-1 339
14 12 USC Beaufort (S.C.) 18-4 323
15 13 College of Idaho 12-4 320
16 19 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 19-3 311
17 22 Park (Mo.) 16-2 271
18 23 Central Methodist (Mo.) 14-4 257
19 17 Brenau (Ga.) 18-2 253
20 15 Houston-Victoria (Texas) 13-8 184
21 RV Simpson (Calif.) 21-3 166
22 25 Oregon Tech 11-5 139
23 RV Davenport (Mich.) 13-3 129
24 24 Friends (Kan.) 17-6 121
24 RV Campbellsville (Ky.) 21-7 121

Others receiving votes: Central Baptist (Ark.) 120; Vanguard (Calif.) 109; Southeastern (Fla.) 105; William Woods (Mo.) 81; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 57; Oklahoma Baptist 56; Concordia (Neb.) 23; Marian (Ind.) 9; Concordia (Ore.) 6; Mobile (Ala.) 5; Georgia Gwinnett 4; William Penn (Iowa) 4; Doane (Neb.) 3; Cornerstone (Mich.) 3.

^ Ranking from Jan. 21, 2014 (2014 Preseason Top 25)