KANSAS CITY, Mo. –After a 4-2 road trip last week the Oregon Tech Lady Owls softball team dropped one spot from No. 16 to No. 17 in the fifth regular edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.
With 20 first-place votes and 591 points, Concordia (Calif.) is the No. 1-ranked team for the 15th-straight time, the Eagles have been on top of all six polls this year and overall dating back to the first regular-season Top 25 on March 19, 2013. The defending national champion now has 21 all-time No. 1 rankings, which is second most all-time since the 2000 season.
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Movement was very minimal with the top nine ranked teams holding their position and 18 teams overall not changing from last week. Of the teams that shifted, the largest improvement or fall was just two spots. No. 18 Simpson (Calif.) and No. 21 William Woods (Mo.) were two teams who slid up two spots. No. 23 Oklahoma Baptist conversely tripped up and went down two positions.
Concordia earned their third-straight Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) championship after a sweep of then-No. 13 Biola (Calif.) on April 12. With a 43-5 record, the Eagles have now won at least 40 games in each of the last six seasons. Concordia wraps up the regular season with a doubleheader against San Diego Christian (Calif.) on Tuesday.
For the third-straight week, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) checks in at the No. 2 position. The Warhawks captured 570 total points and the remaining first-place nod. Auburn Montgomery currently stands No. 1 in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) standings with a 3.0-game lead over No. 6 William Carey (Miss.). Both teams will not meet in the regular season as the Warhawks are in the SSAC East Division and William Carey is in the SSAC West Division.
Behind a seven-game win streak, No. 3 LSU Alexandria (La.) stays in the same position for the third-consecutive poll with 552 points. The Generals next face two NCAA Division I opponents, first with Grambling (La.) on Tuesday and then Alcorn State (Miss.) on Thursday. 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.
College of Idaho was the only other Cascade Collegiate Conference team in the Top 25 as the Yotes stayed at the No. 24 position after going 3-1 last week. The Yotes split a double-header at home with then No. 16 Oregon Tech for their only loss. Complete poll