LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite suffering its first defeat since back on February 23rd, make it five consecutive weeks at the top of the NFCA Division II softball poll for Indianapolis (48-4) as the Greyhounds picked up 10 of 16 possible first-place votes to continue their hold on the No. 1 slot.
Indianapolis, which saw its incredible 38-game winning streak come to an end, posted a 4-2 mark over the past week. Included were doubleheader splits versus St. Joseph’s (12-1 in 5 inn., 3-5) and Lewis (0-2, 7-3) and a two-contest road sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside (9-1 in 6 inn., 4-0).
Southeastern Oklahoma State (44-7) swept through the Great American Conference Tournament in Bentonville, Ark., posting victories over Southwestern Oklahoma State (3-2), Arkansas-Monticello (5-3) and Henderson State (8-0, 6-2). That effort earned the Savage Storm three first-place nods and a single-spot climb to second in the latest rankings.
Peach Belt Conference regular season titlist Armstrong Atlantic (36-7-1) was idle this past week to drop one position to No. 3, while Valdosta State (37-9) picked up a pair of first-place votes and remained in fourth after taking both ends of doubleheaders from both Delta State (7-5, 7-1) and Christian Brothers (9-1, 10-3). Humboldt State (44-12) stretched its winning streak to nine games and rose a spot to No. 5 while nabbing a single first-place selection from the voters.
Improving a pair of slots to sixth was Texas Woman’s (43-12) as the Pioneers topped Tarleton State (4-3 in 8 inn.) and then nabbed two-of-three match-ups from then-No. 5 West Texas A&M to secure the program’s first Lone Star Conference championship. California (Pa.) held steady at No. 7 with its impressive 32-2 mark, while West Texas A&M (41-10) dropped three positions into eighth. Grand Valley State (36-4) and Tampa (31-8) rounded out the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.
The lone squad to fall out of the latest NFCA Division II poll was formerly-No. 23-rated Adelphi (36-17), opening the door for this week’s entrance of Alabama-Huntsville (35-13) at No. 18.
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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