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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With six first-place votes, Oklahoma City rose to the top spot in the latest edition of the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25. The Stars (25-2) narrowly edged Oregon Tech (33-6) by a single point to take the top spot. Mobile (Ala.) garnered eight first-place votes this week and landed at No. 3 thanks in large part to a spotless 32-0 record. The Rams also made the biggest jump of the week, up three spots from the second edition two weeks prior. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (33-3) and Science & Arts (Okla.) (29-6) rounded-out the top five.

 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

April 6, 2022

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 2 Oklahoma City [6] 25-2 510
2 1 Oregon Tech [5] 33-6 509
3 6 Mobile (Ala.) [8] 32-0 499
4 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 33-3 488
5 4 Science & Arts (Okla.) 29-6 458
6 5 College of Idaho 28-6 451
7 7 William Carey (Miss.) 32-5 426
8 9 Indiana Wesleyan 25-5 405
9 8 Southern Oregon 29-9 392
10 10 Coastal Georgia 29-4 376
11 11 Central Methodist (Mo.) 17-4 375
12 13 Grand View (Iowa) 17-5 326
13 14 Texas A&M Texarkana 25-7 318
14 15 Georgia Gwinnett 25-13 287
15 17 Cumberlands (Ky.) 26-12 285
16 18 Aquinas (Mich.) 22-4 264
17 12 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 24-10 253
18 16 Marian (Ind.) 18-5 247
19 20 Madonna (Mich.) 16-2 198
20 19 Southeastern (Fla.) 28-7 196
21 21 Columbia (Mo.) 16-10 167
22 22 Ottawa (Kan.) 19-8-1 160
23 NR Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 26-2 135
24 RV Tennessee Wesleyan 24-3 122
24 25 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 15-5 122

Dropped from the Top 25: Morningside (Iowa), William Jessup (Calif.)

Others Receiving Votes: Morningside (Iowa) 107, William Jessup (Calif.) 99, Vanguard (Calif.) 45, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 30, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 30, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 26, Rio Grande (Ohio) 26, Cottey (Mo.) 18, Bellevue (Neb.) 17, Eastern Oregon 15, Oklahoma Panhandle State 11, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7, Midland (Neb.) 5, Webber International (Fla.) 5, Brenau (Ga.) 5, Campbellsville (Ky.) 3.

- Courtesy of the NAIA

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