KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oregon Tech jumped two spots to the No. 17 position in the seventh regular season edition of the 2014 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll, announced by the national office Tuesday. The Hustlin’ Owls went 5-1 last week and clinched the Cascade Conference regular season Championship going 23-5 in CCC play and 32-10 on the season and is set to host the CCC Tournament this Thursday and Friday May 1st and 2nd.
Concordia (Calif.) is picked as the consensus No. 1 team for the 17th-straight time, the Eagles land in the No. 1 position, this time gathering 591 total points and all 21 first-place votes. The streak began on March 19, 2013 in the first regular-season Top 25 installment.
The final regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced May 6 at 4 p.m. CDT with the 40 Softball National Championship Opening Round qualifiers announced at 5 p.m. The pairings for the opening round tournament will be announced with a video selection show at 7 p.m. on NAIA.org.
The rest of the top five teams all remained the same from last week: No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 3 LSU Alexandria (La.), No. 4 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 5 Cal State San Marcos.
Concordia, who has the most wins in the NAIA with a 48-5 record, won its third-straight Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) championship on April 26 over No. 12 Biola (Calif.). The defending national champions have earned the auto berth out of the GSAC and will head to its fifth National Championship in the last six years. Shortstop Jenna Jorgenson ranks in the top-five nationally in several offensive power categories, including No. 2 in RBIs (67), No. 3 in slugging percentage (.980) and No. 4 in home runs (16).
Auburn Montgomery finished with 568 total points and a No. 2 ranking for the fifth-straight time. The Warhawks took home the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) regular-season title with a 25-1 mark and 36-4 overall record. That title gives Auburn Montgomery a trip to the National Championship for the third-straight season.
No. 3 LSU Alexandria stands with 548 points. The Generals are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) postseason tournament, which begins Thursday. LSU Alexandria has won eight-straight contests, including four against NCAA Division I institutions such as Alcorn State (Miss.) and Grambling (La.). Click here for the complete poll.