FHU Softball ranked No. 22 in latest NAIA Coaches Poll

FHU Softball ranked No. 22 in latest NAIA Coaches Poll

Tue, Apr. 18, 2017 - [Softball]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion softball team cracked the Top 25 for the first time this season, as they came in at No. 22 in the latest NAIA Coaches poll as released Tuesday by the national office.

The Lady Lions have had an impressive start to the 2017 season, as they have posted a 19-8 record, including signature wins over Williams Baptist College and Park University, both of which were ranked in the Top 25 earlier this season.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)

Oklahoma City is the only undefeated team in the NAIA with a 46-0 record. The defending national champion is currently riding a 51-game win streak after winning its final five contests to claim the 2016 national title. The Stars continue to dominate several key statistical categories, ranking first in the NAIA in total runs scored (371), RBIs (331) and ERA (0.540). The team also ranks No. 3 in batting average (.381) as eight-of-nine starters all maintain a .300-plus batting average.

With an 18-0 record in Sooner Athletic Conference play, Oklahoma City is the No. 1 seed with a three-game lead over second-place and 23rd-ranked Science & Arts (Okla.). Both teams have an upcoming doubleheader scheduled for April 25.

The Stars next face NCAA Division II powerhouse West Texas A&M Tuesday in Canyon, Texas. The Lady Buffs are ranked No. 6 in the latest NFCA-Division II Coaches’ Poll.

No. 2 Brenau (Ga.) moves up one position from the last poll. It marks the highest position for the Tigers this year. 

Falling back one spot, No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) captured 498 total points. 

No. 4 Marian (Ind.) and No. 5 Georgia Gwinnett both hold their spots from the second regular-season edition.

Seven teams improve three spots for the largest positive jump within the poll.

No. 16 Reinhardt (Ga.) falls four positions for the worst negative movement.

Three newcomers join the Top 25 this week: No. 22 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), No. 24 Warner (Fla.) and No. 25 Bellevue (Neb.). Both Freed-Hardeman (March 29, 2016) and Bellevue (Jan. 19, 2016) were recognized in the poll last year. For Warner, today marks the first national ranking since May 4, 2010 when the Royals were No. 24.

Overall, 18 of the 19 conferences are represented in this edition. The Southern States Athletic Conference has the most schools represented with three.

Six conferences send at least two schools into the Top 25.

Through four polls this year, 39 different programs have been ranked at least once.

Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 125-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch, which goes back to the start of the 2004 season. William Carey (Miss.) is second with 88-consecutive mentions. Next in line for consecutive streaks is Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 49.

Former member California Baptist tops the charts of most all-time No. 1 mentions with 46. Oklahoma City is second all-time with 39, followed by former member Concordia (Calif.) with 24, former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) with 18 and Thomas (Ga.) with 13.

2017 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – April 18, 2017

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2017 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Oklahoma City (19)

46-0

529

2

3

Brenau (Ga.)

43-5

501

3

2

Columbia (Mo.)

34-5

498

4

4

Marian (Ind.)

31-2

476

5

5

Georgia Gwinnett

44-7-1

463

6

9

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

35-8

435

7

7

William Carey (Miss.)

38-7

420

8

7

Davenport (Mich.)

31-5

412

9

6

Campbellsville (Ky.)

31-11

377

10

10

Morningside (Iowa)

26-7

368

11

13

LSU Alexandria

36-6

339

12

15

St. Francis (Ill.)

30-4

330

13

11

Southeastern (Fla.)

35-13

328

14

17

Vanguard (Calif.)

41-9

319

15

18

Corban (Ore.)

34-6

302

16

12

Reinhardt (Ga.)

36-13-1

290

17

16

Simpson (Calif.)

36-8

282

18

21

Southern Oregon

32-9

213

19

22

Rio Grande (Ohio)

32-6

191

20

23

Mobile (Ala.)

32-13

186

21

20

Grand View (Iowa)

30-10

176

22

NR

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

19-8

145

23

24

Science & Arts (Okla.)

32-13

142

24

NR

Warner (Fla.)

20-12

105

25

NR

Bellevue (Neb.)

36-9

95

Dropped from rankings: No. 14 Thomas (Fla.), No. 19 Williams Baptist (Ark.), No. 25 Oregon Tech.

Others Receiving Votes: Williams Baptist (Ark.) 92; Aquinas (Mich.) 63; Thomas (Ga.) 62; Friends (Kan.) 55; Oregon Tech 52; Georgetown (Ky.) 50; Taylor (Ind.) 17; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 17; Menlo (Calif.) 15; Concordia (Neb.) 13; Clarke (Iowa) 12; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 7.