Story by Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Athletic Communications & Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in school history, Science & Arts (Okla.) is ranked No. 1 after winning its first-ever World Series championship, announced Wednesday by the national office. The Drovers collected all 18 first-place votes and 498 total points in the 2018 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Postseason Poll.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
- National champion Science & Arts (Okla.) won the World Series with a 4-1 victory against Columbia (Mo.) on May 31. The Drovers rattled through the event unscathed with a 4-0 mark.
- The Drovers capped off its season with a 57-5 record, three All-Americans and Pitcher of the Year Emily Cerny.
- Science & Arts will begin the 2019 season on a seven-game win streak.
- As a team, the Drovers ranked sixth in the NAIA in runs scored per game (7.0) and 21st in batting average (.331).
- National runner-up Columbia climbed up to No. 2 in the postseason edition. With a 37-16 record, the Cougars claimed its highest postseason finish and tied its highest Top 25 ranking – No. 2 on Jan. 16, 2018 (preseason).
- No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan claims the most wins in the NAIA with a 58-12 mark.
- No. 4 Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 135-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch. No. 22 William Carey (Miss.) is second with 98-consecutive mentions, followed by No. 19 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 59-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 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 Postseason Poll
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2018 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||5||Science & Arts (Okla.) (18)||57-5||498|
|12||6||Hope International (Calif.)||47-11||309|
|15||15||St. Francis (Ill.)||41-9||255|
|16||16||Grand View (Iowa)||48-10||249|
|19||13||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||40-16||227|
|21||18||Central Methodist (Mo.)||43-11||196|
|22||19||William Carey (Miss.)||39-15||167|
Others Receiving Votes: Rio Grande (Ohio) 64; Midland (Neb.) 62; Valley City State (N.D.) 60; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 43; Tabor (Kan.) 36; Aquinas (Mich.) 32; Morningside (Iowa) 25; Brenau (Ga.) 23; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 9; Texas Wesleyan 9; Georgetown (Ky.) 7; Simpson (Calif.) 6; USC Beaufort (S.C.) 5.
Dropped Out: No. 24 Rio Grande (Ohio); No. 25 (tie) Valley City State (N.D.)
^ Previous ranking occurred May 8, 2018