Softball debuts in NAIA Top 25 Poll

For the first time in history, the softball team has been ranked in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Saints debuted at No. 25 in the poll released on April 20. The Saints own the NAIA’s longest winning streak at 21.

The Saints have received votes since the first season of competition in 2010. Their most votes were 21 during that first year. In 2012, the Saints received 20 votes, and in 2013, the most votes they received was 44. In the following year, the Saints received 57 votes in 2014, and in 2015, the most votes the Saints received was 88. In 2016, the team received 10 votes. The last time the Saints received votes was in 2018 with 80 votes.

The only other Red River Athletic Conference team in the poll is Texas A&M University-Texarkana, which is ranked 13. The conference poll is as follows:

1. Texas A&M University-Texarkana (20-4/37-8)

2. Our Lady of the Lake University (20-4/37-8)

3. University of Houston-Victoria (16-6/23-10)

4. Texas A&M University-San Antonio (13-7/20-21)

5. Louisiana Christian University (13-7/24-16)

6. LSU Alexandria (10-10/13-22)

7. Xavier University of Louisiana (12-12/18-25)

8. Huston-Tillotson University (9-13/15-19)

9. Jarvis Christian College (8-12/20-19)

10. University of the Southwest (3-21/6-29)

11. Texas College (0-24/1-27)

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Continental Athletic Conference (Independents).
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
  • The frequency of the polls is bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) prior to the 2016-17 academic season. This change allows raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2022 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll Four (April 20, 2022)

13Mobile (Ala.) [11]37-1518
21Oklahoma City [7]31-4511
32Oregon Tech [1]38-7495
44Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)39-3489
55Science & Arts (Okla.)37-6461
67William Carey (Miss.)37-6441
76College of Idaho35-8425
88Indiana Wesleyan35-6409
911Central Methodist (Mo.)27-4388
109Southern Oregon38-10383
1112Grand View (Iowa)30-5347
1210Coastal Georgia34-7335
1313Texas A&M Texarkana32-8330
1416Aquinas (Mich.)25-5286
1514Georgia Gwinnett29-15276
1517Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)31-11276
1718Marian (Ind.)26-7249
1820Southeastern (Fla.)36-7242
1921Columbia (Mo.)22-10191
2019Madonna (Mich.)20-4178
2124Tennessee Wesleyan30-5162
22RVCampbellsville (Ky.)28-13138
2324Saint Xavier (Ill.)22-6134
2423Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)29-3130
25RVOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)37-8122

Dropped from the Top 25: Ottawa (Kan.), Cumberlands (Ky.)

Others Receiving Votes: Ottawa (Kan.) 120, Cumberlands (Ky.) 105, William Jessup (Calif.) 77, Midland (Neb.) 45, Vanguard (Calif.) 31, Eastern Oregon 25, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 24, Bellevue (Neb.) 10, Oklahoma Wesleyan 7, Cottey (Mo.) 7, Middle Georgia State 6, Rio Grande (Ohio) 5, Webber International (Fla.) 4, Mount Marty (S.D.) 4.