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Softball adds senior transfer Madison Garza

The softball team welcomes senior transfer Madison Garza to the 2022-2023 squad. Garza, a native of Danbury, Texas, is joining the team after playing at NCAA D1 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “We are very happy to welcome Madi and her family to OLLU to finish her academic and athletic career. She is a gifted athlete who will lead our program as we pursue another championship.”

Garza, an infielder, also attended Temple College. While there, she received National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American Academic honors. She was named to the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) All-Conference Second Team.

“I chose to play at OLLU because of the championship atmosphere, the people and the opportunity to grow as an individual, a teammate and in my faith while competing as a Saint,” Garza said. She plans to major in kinesiology.

The reigning Red River Athletic Conference champion Saints will play a handful of games during the fall and will begin their official season in the spring

Kayla Dreese selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Softball Team

Kayla Dreese has been selected to the 2022 Academic All-America® softball team as a second-team selectee by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA members, such as OLLU’s 15-year member Patricia Constantin,  submit nominees for consideration. The organization boasts more than 3,000 members, and all are eligible to vote for all sports teams each year.

Dreese helped OLLU to the best season in team history as the Saints reached the NAIA National Tournament before being eliminated in the Gulf Shores Brackett. It was the Saints’ second time getting to nationals, but the first time they had won games at the tournament. Two wins marked the first they have won games. After losing the opening match to No. 16-ranked College of Coastal Georgia 3-5, the No. 17-ranked Saints defeated Valley City State University 4-1 and Coastal Georgia 2-1. The Saints fell to No. 1-ranked University of Mobile in extra innings 3-5 to end their year with a 46-13 record. OLLU set program records in both overall and conference (23) wins. They lost just three games at home while winning 28.

Dreese earned All-Conference First-Team, All-Tournament, NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Red River Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors this year. She was named OLLU’s BIG BLUE TOP SAINT Female Athlete of the Year. Her career records include: fourth in sacrifice hits with 19; fourth in hits by pitcher with 11; and second in stolen bases with 43; Season records include: second in games played/started with 55/55; second in total runs with 47; fifth in hits with 64; fifth in hits by pitcher with 5; fifth in on-base % with .469; and second in steals/attempts with 31/26.

Earning a 3.66 GPA, Dreese received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing this past May. She plans to return to play for a fifth year with the Saints after regaining one year of eligibility from her season-ending injury in 2021.

The NAIA Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NAIA national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2021-2022 NAIA Academic All-America® program. For more information regarding the Academic All-America® program, visit https://academicallamerica.com/.

Cassandra Valdez named to 2022 NAIA All-America Team

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2022 Softball All-America teams as selected by the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee.

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) pitcher Cassandra Valdez (JR/Brownsville, Texas) has been selected to the Honorable Mention Team. She is the third softball student-athlete to be named to the All-America team. First was Katrisha Arocha in 2014 and Taylor Doege in 2016.

Valdez helped OLLU to the best season in team history as the Saints reached the NAIA National Tournament before being eliminated in the Gulf Shores Brackett. It was the Saints’ second time getting to nationals, but the first time they had won games at the tournament. Two wins marked the first they have won games. After losing the opening match to No. 16-ranked College of Coastal Georgia 3-5, the No. 17-ranked Saints defeated Valley City State University 4-1, with Valdez in the circle pitching all seven innings. She allowed just four hits while striking out five. The Saints also defeated Coastal Georgia 2-1, and Valdez earned the save after pitching four innings. She allowed one hit while striking out five. She also homered in the game and went 1-for-3, adding two RBIs. The Saints fell to the No. 1-ranked University of Mobile in extra innings 3-5. Valdez suffered the loss but pitched a seven-inning gem striking out three. The Saints ended their year with a 46-13 record. OLLU set program records in both overall and conference (23) wins. They lost just three games at home while winning 28.

Valdez earned All-Conference First-Team and was selected Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. She also received All-Tournament and Red River Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors this year. Her career records include: second in slugging percentage at .676, tied for first in ERA at 1.79, fifth in shutouts with five, fourth in wins with 24 and fourth in strikeouts with 238; season records include: third in home runs with nine, fifth in slugging percentage at .676, first in games played with 40, fourth in ERA with 1.79, third in shutouts with five, second in wins with 24, first in innings pitched with 203.2 and third in strikeouts with 238.

Valdez will return to the Saints squad for her senior year. The team will play a handful of fall games and begin their season in spring 2023.

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.

Softball adds two transfers to 2023 squad

The softball team announced the addition of Alana Benitez and Allie Gonzales to the 2022-2023 squad.

Benitez is a native of Kingsville, Texas, where she attended Santa Gertrudis Academy. The outfielder/middle infielder sophomore is majoring in criminal justice. She is a transfer from Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “We are extremely happy to welcome Alana and her family to the Lake. She is a skilled player who fits our culture perfectly.”

Gonzales is a junior from Wallis, Texas, where she attended Brazos High School. The left-handed pitcher is a transfer from Jarvis Christian College, a member of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), as is OLLU. While there, she received All-Tournament First-Team and All-Conference Second-Team honors. She is majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

“Allie is a great addition to our pitching staff,” said Lenington. “As a freshman in the RRAC, she beat several top teams and proved to be a great competitor in the circle.”

The Saints will begin their official season in January 2023 but will play a handful of scrimmages during the fall.

Softball’s magical season ends in extra innings in championship game

The Gulf Shores Bracket’s No. 3-seed OLLU softball team took No. 1-seed University of Mobile (UM) the distance but lost 5-3 in eight innings in the NAIA Opening Round championship game. The NAIA’s No. 17 ranked Saints finish the season with an incredible 46-13 record. The NAIA’s No.1-ranked Rams win the Gulf Shores Bracket and move on to the NAIA World Series.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “I don’t think the word proud really does justice to how I feel about these players. They absolutely battled the number one team in the country to the very last out. We lose two players next year and look forward to fighting together again.”

History

The Saints lost to Mobile in the only previous meeting in 2015.

Basics

Mobile struck first in the second inning with an RBI single to lead 1-0. The Saints left a few runners on base in the following frames but cashed in during the fourth inning. Kayla Dreese (SR/San Antonio, Texas) drew an opening walk and advanced to second on a single by Cassandra Valdez (JR/Brownsville, Texas). Ariel Montgomery (SR/Castroville, Texas) followed with an RBI double to score both runners. Julissa Moreno (JR/Austin, Texas) later singled to score Taylor Gage (FR/Katy, Texas) and OLLU led 5-3. The Rams evened the score in the sixth inning with an RBI triple and a run that scored on a fielder’s choice. Both teams failed to record a hit in the seventh inning and the championship contest headed to extra innings.

The Rams advanced runners to second and third base on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning. They followed with a two-run double to go ahead 5-3. The Saints battled in the bottom of the eighth inning by loading the bases with no outs. Dreese popped up to left field and Duran was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice. Montgomery came to the plate with two outs but struck out swinging.

Valdez started in the circle and suffered the loss after allowing five earned runs in 7.1 innings of work. Angela Ramirez (SR/Converse, Texas) took over in the eighth inning and forced an inning-ending double play to limit the damage. Montgomery finished with two RBIs and Moreno batted 2-for-3.

The Saints won two NAIA Opening Round matchups this week for the first time in program history.

Up next

The Saints will look to rewrite history during the 2023 season.

Kayla Dreese selected to Academic All-District Team

Kayla Dreese of the softball team has been named to the Academic All-District Softball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.  

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at their positions. No student-athletes are eligible until they have completed one full calendar year at their current institution and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Dreese will advance to the national ballot after receiving First Team honors. Recipients of those awards will be announced at a later date.

Dreese is a senior from San Antonio and a graduate of Madison High School. Last week, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a 3.66 cumulative GPA.

OLLU competes in this awards program as part of District 4, College Division, which includes schools from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Canada.

Softball clashes with Coastal Georgia in NAIA Opening Round

The softball team makes its second trip to nationals in program history after winning the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular-season title. The Saints finished with a top overall record of 23-5 in the conference to receive an automatic bid. The ninth annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Opening Round Softball bracket was announced on May 10.

OLLU first qualified for nationals in 2014 after capturing the RRAC regular-season (18-2) and tournament titles. The Saints played Oklahoma Baptist University and Ottawa University in the opening round of nationals and lost both games finishing the season with an overall 39-12-1 record.

The Opening Round will take place May 16-18 in Gulf Shores, Ala., at the Gulf Shores Athletic Complex and hosted by the University of Mobile. The No. 3 seed Saints (44-11) are set to face No. 2 seed College of Coastal Georgia (38-12) from Brunswick, Ga., at 11 a.m. on May 16 for the first game of the Opening Round in the Gulf Shores Bracket. The Mariners are making their second appearance in the NAIA Opening Round. They made their first trip last season and failed to make the NAIA World Series after going 2-2 in their bracket.

No. 1 seed Mobile will face No. 4-seed Valley City State University on May 16 at 1 p.m. for the second game. On Tuesday, May 17, the winner of  game one will play the winner of game two at 11 a.m. for the third game of the bracket. The loser of game one will play the loser of game two at 1 p.m. for the fourth game. Finally, the loser of game three will play the winner of game four at 3 p.m. for the fifth game On Wednesday, the winner of game three will play the winner of game five for the championship game at 11 a.m. A seventh game will be played if necessary 30 minutes after the sixth game.

OLLU finished as the No. 17-ranked team in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Final Poll. Coastal Georgia was voted in the 16th position. Mobile is the No. 1 team in the poll and Valley City State is unranked.

The winner of the Gulf Shores Bracket will advance to the NAIA World Series that will take place at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Ga., from May 26-June 1.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington, awarded RRAC Coach of the Year, commented, “No. 16-ranked Coastal Georgia is a team that has enjoyed much success this year. It will take one of our most complete games to beat them.”

This year’s Opening Round field consists of 33 automatic qualifiers – given to conference regular-season champions, tournament champions or tournament runners-up – and seven at-large teams. Conferences with 10-or-more members receive two automatic qualifiers, while leagues with less than 10 get one. At-large teams were determined by the NAIA Softball National Selection Committee (NSC). The NSC consists of one representative from each geographic area, a representative from the National Administrative Council, a member of the NAIA-Softball Coaches Association Executive Committee and three at-large members. The committee evaluated teams throughout the year on various criteria.

OLLU claimed the RRAC regular season title with a 23-5 conference mark. The Saints owned the nation’s second-largest winning streak from March 18-April 23. OLLU held opponents scoreless 13 times during the 24-game run and had a total of 17 shutouts – a tie for the most shutouts in program history. Cassandra Valdez (JR/Brownsville, Texas) was awarded RRAC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. Rebecca Duran (SR/Austin, Texas) earned Newcomer of the Year while Madison Nunn (SR/Cibolo, Texas) garnered Defensive Player of the Year. Valdez leads the Saints with a 1.58 ERA and averages 8.54 strikeouts per seven innings. Duran has a team-leading 10 sacrifice hits and Nunn committed only two fielding errors in 50 games played.

Kayla Dreese (SR/San Antonio, Texas) leads OLLU with a .441 batting average. Ariel Montgomery (SR/Castroville, Texas) tops the charts with 49 RBIs and Caitlin Terrazas (SR/Atascosa, Texas) has 14 doubles. The Saints rank fourth in the league with 58 home runs, 175 extra base hits and 787 total bases. They also have 366 runs scored, which is top-10 in the league.

The NAIA’s No. 16-ranked Mariners are 19th in the NAIA with 92 doubles. Hayley Dickerson leads the team with a 2.06 ERA. Sarah Thinger has a team-leading .396 batting average and 29 walks. The Mariners were eliminated from The Sun Conference (TSC) postseason tournament after falling in the consolation bracket and losing twice overall. Coastal Georgia won 13 straight games from Feb. 20-March 22.

Opening Round Notes

  • Overall, there are 23 repeat qualifiers from the 2021 opening round, including six teams that won opening round titles last season – College of Idaho, Madonna, Olivet Nazarene, Oregon Tech, Ottawa and Southern Oregon.
  • Indiana Wesleyan is the lone team in the field with 50 or more wins at 50-8 overall. Freed-Hardeman has the next highest win total at 48-3.
  • Lindsey Wilson and Oklahoma City are back in the field for the ninth time, which leads the field. These two clubs are the only NAIA teams to have participated in every event since the format was established in 2013.
  • There are six newcomers to the opening round in this year’s field in Embry-Riddle, Michigan-Dearborn, Mount Marty, Saint Mary of the Woods, Texas A&M Texarkana and William Jessup.
  • Oklahoma City has the honor of the most opening-round championships with six. Twenty teams in the 2022 field have at least one opening round championship to their credit.
  • The Cascade Collegiate Conference leads all leagues with four teams in the 2022 field. The Crossroads League, Mid-South Conference and The Sun Conference followed with three each.
  • All-Time Opening Round Record by Seed
    • No. 1-Seed: 190-75 (.712)
    • No. 2 seed: 148-132 (.529)
    • No. 3 seed: 97-143 (.404)
    • No. 4 seed: 57-146 (.281)
  • All-Time Opening Round Host Records
    • 2013 Hosts: 24-12 (.667)
    • 2014 Hosts: 27-7 (.794)
    • 2015 Hosts: 27-9 (.750)
    • 2016 Hosts: 22-11 (.667)
    • 2017 Hosts: 18-13 (.581)
    • 2018 Hosts: 16-8 (.667)
    • 2019 Hosts: 20-6 (.762)
    • 2020 Hosts: 11-16 (.407)
    • TOTAL: 165-82 (.668)

2022 NAIA Opening Round Qualifiers

InstitutionQualifying Method2022 RecordLast TimeAppearancesOpening Round RecordOR Titles
Bryan (Tenn.)Appalachian Regular Season Champion30-16201422-10
Campbellsville (Ky.)At-Large37-162021711-111
Central Methodist (Mo.)Heart Regular Season/Tournament Champion40-52021714-101
Coastal GeorgiaAt-Large38-12202122-20
College of IdahoCascade Tournament Runner-Up41-15202148-51
Columbia (Mo.)AMC Regular Season/Tournament Champion33-102021710-81
Cottey (Mo.)Continental Tournament Runner-Up30-15202120-20
Eastern OregonAt-Large41-15201830-40
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)Cal Pac Tournament Champion40-3N/A10-00
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)Mid-South Tournament Champion48-3202157-20
Friends (Kan.)KCAC Tournament Champion30-19201951-80
Georgia GwinnettContinental Tournament Champion35-182021713-91
Grand View (Iowa)Heart Regular Season Runner-Up42-9202187-120
Indiana WesleyanCrossroads Regular Season/Tournament Champion50-82021710-91
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Mid-South Tournament Runner-Up38-152021915-113
Madonna (Mich.)WHAC Regular Season Champion31-72021610-90
Marian (Ind.)At-Large40-112021814-83
Michigan-DearbornWHAC Tournament Champion30-11N/A10-00
Midland (Neb.)GPAC Regular Season Champion36-10202144-60
Mobile (Ala.)SSAC Tournament Champion46-22019512-32
Mount Marty (S.D.)GPAC Tournament Champion32-14N/A10-00
Oklahoma CitySooner Tournament Champion47-62021922-56
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)Chicagoland Tournament Runner-Up33-13-12021712-81
Oregon TechCascade Regular Season/Tournament Champion46-102021819-73
Ottawa (Kan.)KCAC Regular Season Champion35-13-1202146-22
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)Red River Top Overall Record44-11201420-20
Rio Grande (Ohio)River States Regular Season Champion39-13202178-120
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)River States Tournament Champion29-12N/A10-00
Saint Xavier (Ill.)Chicagoland Regular Season/Tournament Champion36-62021816-122
Science & Arts (Okla.)At-Large47-82021611-72
Southeastern (Fla.)The Sun Regular Season Champion46-10201856-61
Southern OregonAt-Large46-122021615-43
Taylor (Ind.)Crossroads Tournament Runner-Up26-27201943-60
Tennessee WesleyanAppalachian Tournament Champion34-7201520-20
Texas A&M TexarkanaRed River Tournament Champion42-12N/A10-00
Valley City State (N.D.)North Star Tournament Champion33-16201923-01
Webber International (Fla.)The Sun Tournament Champion39-21201623-01
William Carey (Miss.)At-Large45-92021812-102
William Jessup (Calif.)GSAC Tournament Champion36-13N/A10-00
William Woods (Mo.)AMC Tournament Runner-Up23-23201941-60

For more information on the 2022 Softball NAIA Opening Round, CLICK HERE.

Softball crowned RRAC Champions

The softball team split a doubleheader against No. 13-ranked Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) on Saturday. The No. 25-ranked Saints finish the regular season with a 41-9 overall record and 23-5 mark in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) – the best-ever conference finish in program history. The Eagles conclude the regular season at 36-10 overall and 20-6 in the conference. The Saints are crowned RRAC champions and champions of the West Division. Texarkana is the East Division champions.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “Both games were examples of two great teams going head-to-head. I was so proud of the way our team handled the disappointment of losing game one. They stayed on course and found a way to win game two. We will continue to get better while we wait for the conference tournament. I hope the softball fans in San Antonio come out and support this great conference.”

History

The Saints were 4-6 against the Eagles prior to the doubleheader.


Game One, 0-1 (8 innings)

OLLU’s 24-game winning streak was snapped in game one of the doubleheader. Cassandra Valdez (JR/Brownsville, Texas) and Anna Westberry put on a spectacular pitching duel that went into extra innings. The Eagles scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a single with two outs. Valdez suffered the loss despite striking out 10 batters in 7.1 innings. Westberry leads the RRAC with a 1.15 ERA. The Saints were able to string together five hits but failed to score in the 1-0 defeat.

Julissa Moreno (JR/Austin, Texas) batted 1-for-3 with a double. Joanna Gonzalez (SR/San Benito, Texas) made 11 putouts behind the plate.


Game Two, 1-0

Game two was another pitching battle, but the Saints finished the regular season with a 1-0 victory. Ciera Martinez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) started in the circle for the Saints and allowed no earned runs in 4.1 innings of work. Valdez pitched the final 2.2 innings and also didn’t allow a run to earn the win. The lone run came in the top of the sixth inning for the Saints. Ariel Montgomery (SR/Castroville, Texas) singled to score Madison Nunn (SR/Cibolo, Texas). The 1-0 victory marks the 17th shutout for the Saints this season, which ties the program record.

Rebecca Duran (SR/Austin, Texas), Kayla Dreese (SR/San Antonio, Texas), Gonzalez and Montgomery all tallied a hit. Dreese recorded a stolen base and a sacrifice hit.


Saints single-season record-breaking statistics (as of April 23)

  • .341 batting average
  • .559 slugging percentage
  • .449 on-base percentage
  • 20 sacrifice flies
  • 54 home runs
  • 130 stolen bases
  • 41 overall wins
  • 9 overall losses
  • 349 runs scored
  • 5 conference losses
  • 23 conference wins

Up next

The Saints will host the RRAC Championship Tournament from May 5-8. On the first day, the games will be held at St. Mary’s University, while the second day, games will be split between OLLU and St. Mary’s. On May 7-8, all games will take place at OLLU.

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)

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [1st Place Votes]RECORDFINAL POINTS
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.

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