KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in program history, Georgia Gwinnett claims the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the national office. The Grizzlies captured 16-of-19 first-place votes and 526 total points.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Georgia Gwinnett is the 13th different program to hold the No. 1 ranking since the start of the 2000 season.
• The Grizzlies entered Tuesday with an 18-1 record, including victories against then-No. 14 Reinhardt (Ga.) on February 24 (11-4) and then-No. 13 Ottawa (Kan.) on March 10 (9-0).
• Georgia Gwinnett returns to the diamond Tuesday with a double-header against Truett McConnell (Ga.).
• No. 2 Marian (Ind.), No. 3 Science & Arts (Okla.) and No. 5 Vanguard (Calif.) also received first-place votes.
• Six new teams joined the Top 25 – No. 12 Thomas (Ga.), No. 17 USC Beaufort (S.C.), No. 20 Hope International (Calif.), No. 21 Jamestown (N.D.), No. 23 Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 25 Lyon (Ark.).
• No. 7 Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 130-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch. No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) is second with 93-consecutive mentions, followed by No. 11 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 54-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.
• 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 rating) 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 appear on.
• Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• The frequency of polls occurs bi-weekly.
• For the complete calendar of 2018 Top 25 Polls, click here.
2018 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll No. 1 (March 13, 2018)
|RANK||PRVS.||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2018 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||7||Georgia Gwinnett (16)||18-1||526|
|2||4||Marian (Ind.) (1)||9-1||480|
|3||25||Science & Arts (Okla.) (1)||14-1||455|
|5||17||Vanguard (Calif.) (1)||24-2||443|
|9||8||William Carey (Miss.)||12-4||389|
|11||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||10-3||355|
|16||21||Grand View (Iowa)||5-2||242|
|17||NR||USC Beaufort (S.C.)||20-5||238|
|18||11||St. Francis (Ill.)||8-4||222|
|20||NR||Hope International (Calif.)||18-2||196|
Others Receiving Votes: Baker (Kan.) 105; Oregon Tech 94; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 80; Central Methodist (Mo.) 64; Rio Grande (Ohio) 52; Reinhardt (Ga.) 50; Georgetown (Ky.) 38; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 22; Aquinas (Mich.) 20; William Jessup (Calif.) 18; Northwestern (Iowa) 11; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 8; Simpson (Calif.) 6; Taylor (Ind.) 5; Bellevue (Neb.) 3.