KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oregon Tech fell one spot from No. 17 to the No. 18 position in the final edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll, announced by the national office Tuesday. The Hustlin’ Owls went 1-2 last week at the Cascade Conference Tournament held at Oregon Tech and must wait until 3:00 pm today to find out if they qualify for an At-Large Bid to the first round of the NAIA National Tournament.
For the 18th-straight time, Concordia (Calif.) lands in the No. 1 position a streak that dates back to the first regular-season 2013 edition. In this final 2014 installment, the Eagles gathered 560 total points and all 20 first-place votes.
The 40 Softball National Championship Opening Round qualifiers will be announced today at 3 p.m. The pairings for the opening round tournament will be announced with a video selection show at 5 p.m. today as well at www.NAIA.org.
Champions of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament, Concordia heads into the Softball National Championship Opening Round with a 48-5 overall record. The 5-0 win on April 26 in the GSAC title game was Concordia's 12th-straight victory. The Eagles head to their second-straight Opening Round, which is scheduled for May 12-14.
No. 2 LSU Alexandria (La.) flip-flopped with third-ranked Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) this week. The Generals, who posted 534 total points, boast their highest ranking of the season after winning the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Tournament on May 3. With 522 points, Auburn Montgomery advanced to the semifinals of the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament on May 3.
No. 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 5 Cal State San Marcos remain in their spots with 516 and 477 points, respectively. The Tigers won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, while Cal State San Marcos fell to LSU Alexandria in the A.I.I. tournament championship.
No. 25 Kansas Wesleyan is included in the Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Coyotes earned 68 total points after winning the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships.
24th-ranked USC Beaufort (S.C.) is the other newcomer this week after taking a one-week hiatus from the Top 25.
Central Baptist (Ark.) (No. 23) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (No. 25) both drop out this week.
To see the complete poll click here.