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Top-Four Teams Hold in Final NAIA Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The top-four teams remained intact, while a pair of teams ranked the entire season surrendered their spot in the final edition of the NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Top-ranked California Baptist tallied all 23 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Lee (Tenn.), No. 3 Lubbock Christian (Texas) and No. 4 Concordia (Ore.). California State-San Marcos improved two spots to take over at No. 5. 

Qualifiers for the NAIA Softball National Championship in Decatur, Ala., May 20 - 26, will be released May 10, followed by the pool-play schedule May 11. 

Saint Gregory's (Okla.) had spent the entire season listed among the Top 25, including three weeks ranked among the top 10. The Lady Cavaliers, previously listed 18th, were ranked as high as seventh (March 30), but have lost six of their last 10 games dating back to April 20 to fall out of the poll. After a No. 23 ranking last week and appearances on seven straight polls, Martin Methodist also drops out of the Top 25. 

To view the entire NAIA release and poll, click here

- Courtesy of the NAIA