LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Winners of an incredible 31 consecutive games and now topping the rankings for the third consecutive week, Indianapolis (38-2) has also become the unanimous choice at No. 1 in the NFCA Division II softball poll.
The Greyhounds picked up all 16 possible first-place votes after continuing their impressive roll this past weekend, sweeping doubleheaders in Great Lakes Valley Conference action from both Southern Indiana (4-3, 8-0 in 5 inn.) and Kentucky Wesleyan (11-1 in 5 inn., 11-2 in 6 inn.). In fact, Indianapolis hasn’t tasted defeat since dropping a 4-2 decision to Shorter back on Feb. 23 at the UNA Invitational in Florence, Ala.
Armstrong Atlantic (35-6-1), recently crowned the regular season champions of the Peach Belt Conference, climbed a single spot to No. 2, marking the program’s highest ranking of 2013. The Pirates concluded their title-winning campaign on April 16 with a pair of shutouts over then-No. 21 Georgia College (2-0, 4-0).
Valdosta State (30-8) and Southeastern Oklahoma State each rose a slot this week to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The third-ranked Blazers are fresh off taking both ends of a doubleheader from West Alabama (5-2, 13-2 in 5 inn.) to run their winning skein to five games, while the fourth-rated Savage Storm have now won eight consecutive contests after sweeping four match-ups against Ouachita Baptist (7-6 in 9 inn., 5-1, 9-1 in 6 inn., 5-0) over April 12-13.
A 2-3 weekend that included a series loss to Incarnate Word (0-3, 3-4, 4-3) and a DH split with St. Edward’s caused West Texas A&M (34-7) to drop three spots from No. 2 to No. 5.
Humboldt State (36-12) continued its rapid progression up the national poll, sliding up into the sixth spot, while Central Oklahoma (33-7) rose a single position to seventh. As the only one-loss team currently remaining in the Top 25 rankings and riding a nine-game win streak, California (Pa.) (23-1) advanced two slots to nab its highest rating of the year at No. 8.
Grand Valley State (27-3) swept doubleheaders from Wayne State (7-2, 17-2 in 5 inn.) and Saginaw Valley State (7-6, 2-0) to improve three positions to ninth, while Texas Woman’s (36-10) skyrocketed five slots in rounding out the top 10.
No. 13 Adelphi (28-9), No 19 Molloy (32-8), No. 20 Gannon (19-6) and No. 25 Missouri Western State (29-11) all dropped out of this week’s poll, opening up room for the entries of No. 17 Caldwell (31-4), No. 20 Shippensburg (25-6), No. 24 New Haven (26-8) and No. 25 St. Leo (34-14).
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.
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