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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UT Tyler won its second straight Lone Star Conference (LSC) regular-season championship and holds steady at No. 1 in this week’s 2022 Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association regular-season champs Washburn joined the poll at No. 23 for the first time in 2022.

The Patriots (40-4) swept then-No. 20 Texas A&M University-Commerce to capture the title and the top seed for the LSC Tournament. UT Tyler, which posted 6-2 and 4-1 wins over the Lions (39-13), has won 13 straight heading into its first-ever LSC Tournament.

Texas A&M-Kingsville and Indianapolis switched spots at No. 2 and No. 3 as did No. 4 Auburn-Montgomery and No. 5 Central Oklahoma. The Javelinas (43-4) capped off the regular season sweeping Texas A&M University International, while the Greyhounds (45-7) posted a 4-2 mark last week.

The Warhawks (38-8) went 4-0 last week, including a three-game Gulf South Conference (GSC) sweep of Shorter to secure their second straight GSC regular-season title and top seed at the league tournament. The Bronchos (44-8) went 3-1 in MIAA action and finished second in the league standings heading into conference tournament play.

No. 6 Rogers State and No. 7 Angelo State wrapped up regular-season play. The Hillcats (43-9) were swept by Washburn, but rebounded to sweep Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney. The Rambelles (38-9) split with No. 13 Lubbock Christian.

No. 8 Tampa shut down Lynn in Sunshine State Conference (SSC) action and head into the final week of the season tied with RV Rollins (31-8) in the league standings. The two will clash in Tampa for the SSC crown and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Cal State San Marcos and Valdosta State round out the top 10. The  Cougars (39-9) took three-out-of-four from Cal Poly Humboldt and clinched their first-ever California Collegiate Athletic Association regular-season championship. The Blazers (33-9), the second seed at the GSC Tournament, picked up four non-conference victories with twinbill sweeps of Peach Belt opponents Columbus State and Young Harris. 

The 23rd-ranked Ichabods (42-11) are riding a 22-game win streak heading into the MIAA tournament as the top seed. They capped off the season with wins over Rogers State and Emporia State.

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 May 1.

2022 NFCA Division II Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

May 2 (Week 12)

 

Rank

School

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

UT Tyler (16)

400

40-4

1

2

Texas A&M-Kingsville

377

43-8

3

3

Indianapolis

364

45-7

2

4

Auburn Montgomery

352

38-8

5

5

Central Oklahoma

343

44-8

4

6

Rogers State

309

43-9

6

7

Angelo State

302

38-9

7

8

Tampa

282

33-10

9

9

Cal State San Marcos

271

39-9

8

10

Valdosta State

260

33-9

10

11

Augustana

238

42-7

12

12

Concordia Irvine

229

43-8

11

13

Lubbock Christian

214

37-9

13

14

Minnesota State

189

42-10

16

15

Southern Indiana

170

40-10

17

16

Anderson

152

38-8

14

17

North Georgia

125

40-15

19

18

Texas A&M-Commerce

120

39-13

20

19

Oklahoma Christian

103

38-12

15

20

West Florida

100

30-13

18

21

Grand Valley State

91

38-5

21

22

Adelphi

66

39-11

25

23

Washburn

42

42-11

RV

24

Kutztown

35

33-13

22

25

Lenoir-Rhyne

28

37-14

23

New to Poll: No. 23 Washburn

Dropped Out:  No. 24 Chico State

Receiving Votes: Chico State (15), Embry-Riddle (7), St. Mary’s (8), Colorado Mesa (4), Rollins (3), Nova Southeastern (2), Lincoln Memorial (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 May 1.

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