Blue Hawk Softball Ranked #12 in 2016 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll

Blue Hawk Softball Ranked #12 in 2016 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll

KANSAS CITY, MO- The Dickinson State University Softball team has been tabbed #12 in the 2016 NAIA Softball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.

In 2015, the Blue Hawks finished with an overall record of 44-13 and an NSAA record of 17-3.

The Blue Hawks earned a bid to the first round of the NAIA National Tournament after winning the NSAA Conference Softball Tournament. Dickinson State then earned a trip to the NAIA World Series after winning the Concodia (CA) bracket.

Dickinson State finished 10th at the world series after losing to Oregon Tech in their first game, 7-5, then lost their second and final game to Mobile (AL) with a score of 2-1.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• With all 18 first-place votes and 498 total points, No. 1 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) lands its fourth all-time top position.
• The Warhawks won their second-ever title with a 10-0 "if necessary" championship win over Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on May 28, 2015.
• National runner-up Lindsey Wilson checked in with 482 points and No. 2 ranking this week.
• No. 4 LSU Alexandria (La.) has now been in the top 10 in 20-straight polls dating back to 2014. 
• These newcomers join the Preseason Top 25: No. 18 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 23 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), No. 24 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 25 St. Francis (Ill.).
• Lindenwood-Belleville and St. Francis are each mentioned for the first time in school history.
• Vanguard and Indiana Wesleyan were last recognized during the 2015 campaign.
• No. 17 Corban (Ore.), who finished with a 39-18 record in 2015, hails the best improvement of five positions within the Top 25.
• There was minimal negative movement as only one school, No. 4 LSU Alexandria, dropped down from its postseason status of No. 3.
• No. 6 Oklahoma City leads all active schools with 112-straight rankings, falling no lower than 18th during that stretch, which dates back to start of 2004 season. No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) is second with 75-consecutive mentions.
• Through all 10 polls last year, there were 40 different ranked teams.
• Since 2000, 12 teams have topped the poll with former member California Baptist leading the way with 46 all-time No. 1 appearances, followed by Oklahoma City at 28, Concordia with 24, former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) with 18, Thomas (Ga.) with 13, Mobile (Ala.) with five, Auburn Montgomery and former member Lubbock Christian (Texas) with four.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• 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 ratings) 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 appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered "receiving votes"
• For the complete calendar of 2016 Top 25 Polls, click here.

2016 NAIA Softball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll – Jan. 19

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2015 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (18)

46-8

498

2

2

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

53-8

482

3

4

Oregon Tech

47-16

457

4

3

LSU Alexandria (La.)

52-6

435

5

5

Central Methodist (Mo.)

45-10

434

6

7

Oklahoma City

55-6

433

7

8

Mobile (Ala.)

38-14

397

8

10

Campbellsville (Ky.)

38-11

377

9

9

William Carey (Miss.)

41-19

376

10

12

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

46-7-2

353

11

15

St. Gregory's (Okla.)

36-11

342

12

14

Dickinson State (N.D.)

44-13

312

13

13

Science & Arts (Okla.)

43-9

305

14

16

USC Beaufort (S.C.)

42-14

289

15

18

Davenport (Mich.)

42-10

258

16

19

Southeastern (Fla.)

40-14

255

17

22

Corban (Ore.)

39-18

240

18

RV

Vanguard (Calif.)

37-22

218

19

23

Marian (Ind.)

40-14

196

20

21

Biola (Calif.)

36-20

179

21

25

Georgia Gwinnett

37-16

166

22

24

Bellevue (Neb.)

41-14-1

135

23

RV

Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.)

35-25

107

24

RV

Indiana Wesleyan

47-12

103

25

RV

St. Francis (Ill.)

35-19

89

 

Dropped from rankings: No. 6 Concordia (Ore.); No. 11 Concordia (Calif.); No. 17 Cal State San Marcos; No. 20 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.).

Others Receiving Votes: Doane (Neb.) 70; Thomas (Ga.) 68; Madonna (Mich.) 64; Grand View (Iowa) 55; Friends (Kan.) 37; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 34; Simpson (Calif.) 27; Columbia (Mo.) 27; Bryan (Tenn.) 23; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 19; Rio Grande (Ohio) 13; College of Idaho 7; Faulkner (Ala.) 5; Reinhardt (Ga.) 3.

* Ranking taken from 2015 Postseason Top 25 (June 3, 2015)