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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mobile (Ala.) garnered 16, first-place votes in the final Top 25 of the regular season. The Rams entered the week with a 46-2 record. Oklahoma City remained at No. 2 and received two, first-place votes. 

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) swapped spots with Oregon Tech at No. 3 and 4, while Science & Arts (Okla.) remained at No. 5.Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) made the biggest jump from the previous poll, up eight spots to No. 17, while Eastern Oregon joined the fray this week at No. 15.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Continental Athletic Conference (Independents).
  • 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 the polls is bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) prior to the 2016-17 academic season. This change allows raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2022 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

May 4, 2022

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Mobile (Ala.) [16] 46-2 497
2 2 Oklahoma City [2] 42-5 479
3 4 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 45-3 467
4 3 Oregon Tech 43-10 447
5 5 Science & Arts (Okla.) 44-7 440
6 6 William Carey (Miss.) 45-9 401
7 8 Indiana Wesleyan 46-8 397
8 10 Southern Oregon 46-10 390
9 9 Central Methodist (Mo.) 35-4 388
10 11 Grand View (Iowa) 40-6 348
11 18 Southeastern (Fla.) 43-8 315
12 15 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 35-13 284
12 15 Georgia Gwinnett 32-18 284
14 17 Marian (Ind.) 38-9 271
15 RV Eastern Oregon 39-13 247
16 12 Coastal Georgia 37-10 241
17 25 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 41-9 239
18 19 Columbia (Mo.) 28-10 228
19 20 Madonna (Mich.) 29-5 204
20 7 College of Idaho 37-13 202
21 22 Campbellsville (Ky.) 35-14 181
22 13 Texas A&M Texarkana 37-11 166
23 21 Tennessee Wesleyan 34-7 164
24 24 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 37-3 144
25 23 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 32-6 142

Dropped from the Top 25: Aquinas (Mich.)

Others Receiving Votes: Ottawa (Kan.) 90, William Jessup (Calif.) 73, Midland (Neb.) 53, Bellevue (Neb.) 25, Vanguard (Calif.) 21, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 20, Rio Grande (Ohio) 19, Cumberlands (Ky.) 16, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 14, Bryan (Tenn.) 8, Webber International (Fla.) 7, Cottey (Mo.) 5, Oklahoma Panhandle State 5.

-- Courtesy of the NAIA

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