KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oregon Tech, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, jumped three spots to the No. 22 position in the first regular edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll, announced by the national office Tuesday.
NAIA Top 25 Poll
Cascade Conference opponent, The College of Idaho, joins the Owls as the only two conference teams in the Top 25 poll. C of I, ranked No. 13 in the preseason, sits at No. 15 this week. Oregon Tech (11-5, 4-0 CCC) and College of Idaho (12-4, 4-0 CCC) will face off this Friday in Klamath Falls beginning at 2 p.m. in a battle of Top 25 teams. Concordia (Ore.) dropped out of the preseason poll to receiving votes this week.
Defending national champion Concordia (Calif.) holds the No. 1 position. The Eagles, who were also atop the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, hold the top spot for the 11th-straight poll after starting the season with a 25-3 record. With 13-of-the-20 first-place votes, Concordia posted 554 total points. The Eagles have now been ranked in the top 10 in each of the last 22 polls.
Moving up one spot to the No. 2 position was Oklahoma City, which received seven first-place votes to tally 548 points. Switching spots with Oklahoma City was Spring Hill (Ala.), which claimed 519 points to take the No. 3 spot in the rankings. No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) also moved up one place in the poll with 486 points. The biggest jump of the week came from LSU Alexandria (La.), which went from the receiving votes group to the No. 5 spot with 478 points thanks to a 24-3 record.