LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five different teams picked up first-place votes in this week’s NFCA Division II softball rankings, but Indianapolis (50-6) reaped the most, receiving nine top nods from the voting committee to remain at No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week.
The Greyhounds were just 2-2 at last week’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, picking up victories over St. Joseph’s (9-0 in 6 inn.) and Lewis (8-2) before suffering back-to-back shutout defeats to Missouri-St. Louis (0-1) and Lewis (0-2).
Southeastern Oklahoma State (44-7) remained at No. 2 while receiving a pair of first-place votes. The Savage Storm was idle this past week following its title run through the Great American Conference Tournament. Valdosta State (41-10) also nabbed two selections for the top spot, improving a slot to third after winning its fifth-straight Gulf South Conference crown. Armstrong Atlantic (36-7-1) garnered one first-place vote and Humboldt State (47-12) a pair in holding down the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Texas Woman’s (46-12) held firm at No. 6 following its Lone Star Conference Tournament title, followed by West Texas A&M (43-11), California (Pa.) (36-4), Grand Valley State (39-6) and Fort Hays State (45-10) in positions 7-10.
Four teams dropped out of this week’s poll as No. 17 Grand Canyon (39-17), No. 19 Midwestern State (42-15), No. 21 North Alabama (39-18) and No. 25 Georgia College (36-15) all fell from the rankings. That cleared room for the entrance of No. 20 Caldwell (43-10), No. 22 Missouri-St. Louis (39-11), No. 24 Dixie State (37-12) and No. 25 St. Mary’s (TX) (43-13).
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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