KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After a 3-1 road trip last week, the Oregon Tech softball team stayed at the No. 16 position in the fourth regular edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll, announced by the national office Tuesday. The Hustlin’ Owls had won 13 straight before splitting Sunday’s double-header at Corban in Salem last Sunday.
Despite a loss last week, Concordia (Calif.) holds on to the No. 1 ranking for the 14th-straight poll. Led by one of the NAIA's best offenses, Concordia stands 39-5. The Eagles are looking to win 40 games on the year for the sixth-consecutive season. Concordia ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in home runs per game (1.3) and slugging percentage (.602), No. 8 in RBIs per game (7.0) and No. 9 in runs scored per game (7.7). The Eagles will face No. 13 Biola (Calif.) on Saturday in a scheduled doubleheader beginning at Noon PDT. Heading into the week, Concordia leads Biola by 2.0 games for the No. 1 spot in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings.
For the first time all year, No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) checks in with first-place votes (4). The Warhawks are ranked second for the second-straight week with 571 points and own a 21-3 overall record. Auburn Montgomery is the only Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) school with an undefeated league record (10-0).
No. 3 LSU Alexandria (La.) stays put for the second-straight week. After going unranked in the Preseason Top 25, the Generals vaulted up to No. 5 in the first edition and have stayed within the top-five since then. During its current seven-game win streak, LSU Alexandria has won by an average of 5.9 runs.
Moving up one spot each are No. 4 St. Gregory's (Okla.) and No. 5 Cal State San Marcos. The Cavaliers hold their highest ranking of the year with 530 points and their best position since March 31, 2009 (No. 4). With 503 points, Cal State San Marcos lands inside the top five for the first time since the final Top 25 poll in 2013.
College of Idaho in the only other CCC team in the Top 25, as the Yotes stayed at the No. 24 position for the second week in a row and will host No. 16 Oregon Tech this Saturday in Caldwell. Concordia (Ore.) was the only other CCC team in this week’s poll as the Cavaliers are in the receiving votes category for the fourth week in a row. Click here for Complete Poll