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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UT Tyler, which suffered its first loss of the season, narrowly held on to the No. 1 ranking in this week’s Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Patriots (17-1) received nine first-place votes and 393 points and edged out No. 2 Concordia Irvine and its seven first-place votes and 391 points.

UT Tyler split its Lone Star Conference (LSC) twinbill on the road at then-No. 4 West Texas A&M, dropping the opener, 7-5. The Patriots rebounded with a 6-5 win in the nightcap and continued on the road with a LSC sweep of Eastern New Mexico.

The Eagles (20-0) completed a four-game Pacific West Conference (PacWest) sweep of Academy of Art on Feb. 28. CUI cruised to 8-2 & 9-1 triumphs and is off to its best NCAA Division II start in program history.

Valdosta State remained at No. 3 with Indianapolis and Rogers State moving into the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. The Blazers (16-4) split on the road in non-conference action at Flagler and swept a Gulf South Conference series from Montevallo, while the Greyhounds (13-1) and Hillcats (18-2) picked up two and four non-conference wins away from home, respectively.

The Lady Buffs (12-5) dipped to No. 6 after a 1-3 start in LSC play. Following its split with the Patriots, WT dropped both ends of a doubleheader against then No. 23 Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Grand Valley State (6-0) remained at No. 7 as it opened its Spring Break trip to Florida with a 3-1 triumph over Winona State. 

Augustana moved up two spots to No. 8, while No. 9 Texas A&M-Kingsville and No. 10 Central Oklahoma appeared in the top 10 for the first time in 2022. The Vikings (6-3) swept Northwest Missouri State on March 4.

The Javelinas (19-2), who went 6-1 last week, extended its winning streak to 19 games before falling in game two in LSC play at then-RV St. Mary’s. The Bronchos (17-3) picked up five non-conference wins during a 5-1 week that saw their 13-game win streak snapped at Drury.

Two LSC programs entered the top 25 as No. 15 Lubbock Christian (18-2) and No. 25 St. Mary’s (18-4) make their 2022 debuts, while No. 23 UAH (15-5) returns to the rankings this week.

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 6.

2022 NFCA Division II Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

March 8 (Week 4)

Rank

School

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

UT Tyler (9)

400

17-1

1

2

Concordia Irvine (7)

391

20-0

2

3

Valdosta State

363

16-4

3

4

Indianapolis

350

13-1

5

5

Rogers State

325

18-2

8

6

West Texas A&M

324

12-5

4

7

Grand Valley State

317

6-0

7

8

Augustana

277

6-3

10

9

Texas A&M-Kingsville

267

19-2

15

10

Central Oklahoma

241

17-3

13

11

Chico State

234

18-4

16

12

Lincoln Memorial

219

17-5

14

13

West Florida

193

14-3

19

14

Tampa

183

11-8

11

15

Lubbock Christian

167

18-2

RV

16

North Georgia

162

15-8

9

17

Auburn Montgomery

147

14-5

12

18

Angelo State

136

16-4

6

19

Carson-Newman

98

21-3

25

20

Minnesota State

92

8-5

17

21

Texas A&M-Commerce

81

17-5

23

22

Cal State Monterey Bay

56

14-8

20

23

UAH

47

15-5

RV

24

Anderson

39

17-3

21

25

St. Mary's

35

18-4

RV

 

New to Poll: No. 15 Lubbock Christian, No. 23 UAH, No. 25 St. Mary’s

Dropped Out:  No. 18 Oklahoma Christian, No. 22 Georgian Court, No. 24 Harding

Receiving Votes: Georgian Court (18), Oklahoma Christian (18), Harding (13), Seton Hill (11), Cal State San Marcos (2), Kutztown (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 6.

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