KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After a 3-1 week, the Oregon Tech softball team dropped two spots from No.17 to the No. 19 position in the sixth regular edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll, announced by the national office Tuesday. The Hustlin’ Owls have won 10 of their last 13 headed into this Friday’s match up with now No. 25 Concordia University in Portland. This weekend's softball games will be broadcast live on ESPN 960 and 93.3 FM in Klamath Falls with listen live links at OITsports.com.
Concordia (Calif.) sits atop the Top 25 Poll for the 16th-straight time. The Eagles have topped all seven polls this season and overall dating back to the first regular-season Top 25 on March 19, 2013. With 19 first-place votes and 590 total points, the defending national champion now has 22 all-time No. 1 rankings, which is second most all-time since the 2000 season. Concordia maintained the No. 1 position after concluding its regular season 45-5.
Auburn Montgomery checks in at No. 2 for the fourth-straight week with two first-place votes and 572 total points. The Warhawks are the No. 1 team in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) with a perfect 20-0 record with eight games remaining on their regular-season slate.
LSU Alexandria (La.) also holds its position for the fourth-straight poll with 553 points. The Generals have won six-straight, including a 10-3 win over NCAA Division I Alcorn State (Miss.) in their last outing. LSU Alexandria has been ranked among the top five since vaulting into the poll in the first regular-season edition on March 18.
No. 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 5 Cal State San Marcos round out the top five with 509 and 507 points, respectively. Both teams boast at least 35 wins on the season. Olivet Nazarene is 40-2 and sits atop the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (17-1) while Cal State San Marcos is 35-5-1 and trails aforementioned LSU Alexandria (5-0) in the Association of Independent Institutions standings (5-0-1).
Concordia (Ore.) (27-15) was the lone newcomer to the Top 25 after receiving votes in every prior regular-season edition. College of Idaho (25-13) fell out of the Top 25. Complete Poll