Saints ascend two spots to No. 15 in NAIA Postseason Poll

After a historic season that featured two wins in the opening round of the NAIA National Championships, the softball team ascended two spots from the previous poll and is now No. 15 in the 2022 NAIA Softball Coaches Top 25 Postseason Poll the national office announced today.

The Saints were No. 17 in the poll on May 2 after debuting at No. 25 earlier in the season. The Saints had 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 Saints are the only Red River Athletic Conference team included in the final poll. Texas A&M University-Texarkana, which made nationals, but lost two of three games in the opening round, was last ranked No. 22.

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 POSTSEASON Poll (June 8, 2022)

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [1st Place Votes]RECORDFINAL POINTS
12Oklahoma City [18]54-6498
21Mobile (Ala.)52-4482
35Science & Arts (Okla.)53-10466
411Southeastern (Fla.)52-13448
53Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)54-6429
67Indiana Wesleyan54-10426
74Oregon Tech50-13402
810Grand View (Iowa)46-12386
923Tennessee Wesleyan37-9362
10RVWebber International (Fla.)42-24352
116William Carey (Miss.)48-11328
128Southern Oregon49-14324
139Central Methodist (Mo.)42-7318
1415Eastern Oregon43-17259
1517Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)46-13241
1618Columbia (Mo.)35-12224
1712Georgia Gwinnett36-20221
1812Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)38-17217
1914Marian (Ind.)40-13208
2016Coastal Georgia39-14189
2125Saint Xavier (Ill.)39-8188
2220College of Idaho43-17146
23RVWilliam Jessup (Calif.)39-15140
2419Madonna (Mich.)31-9122
2521Campbellsville (Ky.)38-18114
  • Dropped from the Top 25: Texas A&M Texarkana, Embry Riddle (Ariz.)
  • Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M Texarkana 102, Midland (Neb.) 95, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 93, Ottawa (Kan.) 76, Rio Grande (Ohio) 28, Bellevue (Neb.) 21, Bryan (Tenn.) 16, Friends (Kan.) 14, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 11, Vanguard (Calif.) 5, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 3.