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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After ending 2021 as the national runners-up, Oregon Tech will begin 2022 as the top team in the preseason edition of the NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Owls received 17 of 18 first place votes after finishing the season 48-10 a year ago.

College of Idaho took the No. 2 spot with Science & Arts (Okla.) just behind at No. 3. The Drovers were the lone team to receive a first-place vote outside of Oregon Tech. Oklahoma City and defending national champion Southern Oregon rounded-out the top five at Nos. 4 and 5 respectively.

Poll Schedule

The poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.

2022 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 PRESEASON Poll (January 12, 2022)

RANK LAST YEAR SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] 2021 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 2 Oregon Tech [17] 48-10 498
2 3 College of Idaho 44-19 473
3 9 Science & Arts (Okla.) [1] 49-8 460
4 8 Oklahoma City 44-6 421
5 1 Southern Oregon 55-6 416
6 7 Columbia (Mo.) 35-7 412
7 4 Ottawa (Kan.) 45-7 410
8 10 Indiana Wesleyan 44-9 397
9 5 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 34-8 358
10 16 Campbellsville (Ky.) 41-13 351
11 14 Georgia Gwinnett 33-13 348
12 11 Grand View (Iowa) 44-13 336
13 12 Central Methodist (Mo.) 50-9 290
14 13 Madonna (Mich.) 34-11 255
15 25 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 41-13 241
16 21 William Carey (Miss.) 39-11 240
17 19 Hope International (Calif.) 30-11 233
18 22 Marian (Ind.) 45-15 218
19 15 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 36-4 216
20 RV Morningside (Iowa) 43-11 210
21 18 Milligan (Tenn.) 32-9 181
22 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 41-16 139
23 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 39-11 125
24 RV Central Baptist (Ark.) 34-15 105
25 19 Houston-Victoria (Texas) 23-23 103

Dropped from the Top 25: Mount Mercy (Iowa), Midland (Neb.), Bethany (Kan.)

Others Receiving Votes: Bethany (Kan.) 67, Coastal Georgia 64, Jamestown (N.D.) 62, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 52, Rio Grande (Ohio) 49, Reinhardt (Ga.) 39, Dickinson State (N.D.) 35, Taylor (Ind.) 21, Aquinas (Mich.) 19, Simpson (Calif.) 14, Mobile (Ala.) 12, Midland (Neb.) 11, Webber International (Fla.) 7, Vanguard (Calif.) 6, Indiana Southeast (Ind.) 3, Truett McConnell (Ga.) 3, Texas A&M Texarkana 3.

-- Courtesy of NAIA

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