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2018 NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll Jan. 16

Oklahoma City - 2017 World Series

By: Chad Waller, Director of Athletics Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ten-time and defending national champion Oklahoma City will begin the 2018 season with the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Stars captured all 19 first-place votes and 529 total points.

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

  • Ranked No. 1 for 15-consecutive polls, Oklahoma City holds the the longest streak by an NAIA program since former member Concordia (Calif.) went 18-consecutive weeks at No. 1 that spanned the 2013-14 seasons.
  • Last year, Oklahoma City won its second-straight national championship and NAIA-record 10th overall title on June 1. The Stars, who went 4-0 at the 2017 NAIA Softball World Series, defeated Corban (Ore.) by a 4-1 score to capture the title.
  • Oklahoma City finished the year with a 68-1 record, which established a new NAIA record. The Stars held the previous high of 67, set back in 2016. Oklahoma City started the year 47-0 prior to its only loss against NCAA Division II top-10 ranked West Texas A&M on April 18.
  • As a team, the Stars were No. 1 in the NAIA in several statistical categories: runs per game (7.7), total hits (730), total RBIs (474), total stolen bases (170), opponent batting average (.146), ERA (0.690) and fielding percentage (.974).
  • The rest of the top five includes No. 2 Columbia (Mo.), No. 3 Southern Oregon, No. 4 Marian (Ind.) and No. 5 Brenau (Ga.) tied with No. 5 Corban (Ore.).
  • Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 129-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch, which goes back to the start of the 2004 season. No. 8 (tie) William Carey (Miss.) is second with 92-consecutive mentions. Next in line for consecutive streaks is No. 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 53.
  • 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 Preseason Poll – Jan. 16, 2018

RANK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 Oklahoma City (19) 68-1 529
2 Columbia (Mo.) 48-7 506
3 Southern Oregon 46-15 484
4 Marian (Ind.) 47-8 465
T5 Brenau (Ga.) 52-7 456
T5 Corban (Ore.) 46-13 456
7 Georgia Gwinnett 50-9-1 395
T8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 39-13 379
T8 William Carey (Miss.) 43-11 379
10 Indiana Wesleyan 44-15 376
11 St. Francis (Ill.) 43-7 374
12 Campbellsville (Ky.) 38-15 285
13 Ottawa (Kan.) 40-19 281
14 Reinhardt (Ga.) 41-14-1 273
15 Morningside (Iowa) 40-12 268
16 Southeastern (Fla.) 43-17 259
17 Vanguard (Calif.) 46-15 246
18 Simpson (Calif.) 45-10 240
19 Mobile (Ala.) 42-20 238
20 LSU Alexandria (La.) 52-10 237
21 Grand View (Iowa) 42-15 202
22 Warner (Fla.) 29-15 165
23 Rio Grande (Ohio) 47-10 155
24 Houston-Victoria (Texas) 34-19 122
25 Science & Arts (Okla.) 40-18 120

Others Receiving Votes: Oregon Tech 108; Jamestown (N.D.) 107; Williams Baptist (Ark.) 103; Clarke (Iowa) 40; Taylor (Ind.) 36; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 29; Bellevue (Neb.) 23; Madonna (Mich.) 19; Thomas (Ga.) 12; Concordia (Neb.) 11; Georgetown (Ky.) 11; Tabor (Kan.) 9; Friends (Kan.) 3.

Championship Information

NAIA Softball Championship
Sports Rules - Softball