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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UT Tyler held strong to its No. 1 ranking in this week’s 2022 Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Patriots (25-1) received 13 first-place votes and 397 points following a 4-0 week in Lone Star Conference (LSC) play, while No. 2 Concordia (24-0) was idle last week and earned three first-place votes and 387 points.

UT Tyler swept a pair of LSC doubleheaders, pushing across 49 run in wins over Texas Woman’s and Midwestern State.

Valdosta State remained at No. 3 with No. 4 Rogers State and No. 5 Indianapolis switching spots. The Blazers (19-4) cruised to a Gulf South series sweep of Shorter. The Hillcats (20-2) were idle and the Greyhounds (20-2) posted a 3-1 mark in Florida, earning victories over New Haven, Saint Anselm and Caldwell.

No. 6 West Texas A&M enjoyed a 5-1 week, picking up five LSC wins, including a doubleheader sweep of then-No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville. No. 7 Grand Valley State blanked Tiffin twice in its only action from last week.

No. 8 Augustana, No. 9 Tampa and No. 10 Lubbock Christian all moved up with the latter two, joining the top 10. The Vikings (16-5) swept Northeastern State and split at Central Missouri. 

Extending their win streak to nine, the Spartans (20-8) swept Sunshine State foe Saint Leo in a three-game set. The Chaparrals (25-3), who went 6-0 against LSC opposition, have won seven straight and 25 of their last 26 contests.

Oklahoma Christian (19-8) made its way back into the rankings at No. 23 following a 4-0 week that included a sweep of then-No. 23 St. Mary’s. 

Embry-Riddle rounds out the poll at No. 25. The Eagles (13-7) picked up a win at then-No. 20 Texas A&M-Commerce, and finished the week with a 5-1 mark. It is the second time ERAU has been ranked in the NFCA DII Poll, the first time coming in 2018 (No. 23).

The 2022 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through March 20.

 

2022 NFCA Division II Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

March 22 (Week 6)

Rank

School

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

UT Tyler (13)

397

25-1

1

2

Concordia Irvine (3)

387

24-0

2

3

Valdosta State

367

19-4

3

4

Rogers State

344

20-2

5

5

Indianapolis

341

20-2

4

6

West Texas A&M

322

18-7

6

7

Grand Valley State

298

14-1

7

8

Augustana

272

16-5

10

9

Tampa

267

20-8

13

10

Lubbock Christian

260

25-3

14

11

West Florida

218

18-4

12

12

North Georgia

207

23-8

15

13

Angelo State

200

23-5

17

14

Cal State San Marcos

175

27-3

25

15

Texas A&M-Kingsville

166

24-5

9

16

Minnesota State

153

15-6

21

17

Auburn Montgomery

150

19-6

16

18

Carson-Newman

136

24-4

18

19

Central Oklahoma

134

25-5

8

20

Lincoln Memorial

93

21-7

19

21

Texas A&M-Commerce

84

26-6

20

22

Chico State

72

22-8

11

23

Oklahoma Christian

36

19-8

RV

24

Anderson

35

22-3

22

25

Embry-Riddle

27

13-7

NR

 

New to Poll: No. 23 Oklahoma Christian, No. 25 Embry-Riddle

Dropped Out:  No. 23 St. Mary’s, No. 24 UAH

Receiving Votes: Seton Hill (19), Harding (12), UAH (12), St. Mary’s (10), Kutztown (4), Georgian Court (1). 

The 2022 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA’s eight regions. Records reflect games played through March 20.

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