AUM News
Softball - Thu. May. 31, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ---- Following the most successful season in the program's young history, the Auburn University at Montgomery softball team was rewarded with its highest ranking, as it earned the No. 7 spot in the 2012 NAIA Softball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Thursday.

The Warhawks, who earned a school-best 42 victories and made its first appearance in the NAIA Tournament, earned 450 total points in the final poll. The total was just seven behind Concordia (Calif.), the top team in the nation entering the tournament.

National Champion Shorter earned all 20 first-place votes and 560 total points. Oklahoma City finished second with 542 points, while Cal State San Marcos finished third with 516. Southern States Athletic Conference rival Brenau was fourth with 500 points, while Central Baptist rounded out the top five with 479 points.

The Warhawks, Eagles and Golden Tigers were three of six SSAC teams ranked in the top 25. Joining the two squads were No. 8 William Carey, No. 12 Lee and No. 24 Mobile. Brewton-Parker was among the other's receiving votes.

AUM finished the 2012 campaign with a 42-20 record, including a 4-2 mark in the NAIA Tournament, where it won Pool H in pool play.

COMPLETE POLL

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2012 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

10

Shorter (Ga.) (20)

53-11

560

2

3

Oklahoma City

47-20

542

3

2

Cal State San Marcos

55-6

516

4

16

Brenau (Ga.)

44-16

500

5

4

Central Baptist (Ark.)

53-8

479

6

1

Concordia (Calif.)

56-4

457

7

18

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

42-20

450

8

6

William Carey (Miss.)

50-11

422

9

5

Lubbock Christian (Texas)

56-8

417

10

7

Oregon Tech

41-8

415

11

8

Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

42-11

354

12

13

Lee (Tenn.)

48-11

335

13

11

Houston-Victoria (Texas)

40-10

329

14

9

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

54-9

328

15

RV

Indiana Southeast

34-20

315

16

12

Union (Tenn.)

46-12

298

17

15

Southern Nazarene (Okla.)

42-18

282

18

22

Reinhardt (Ga.)

36-12

254

19

20

Central Methodist (Mo.)

41-14

220

20

21

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

43-12

217

21

23

Webber International (Fla.)

38-22

186

22

17

St. Gregory's (Okla.)

43-17

184

23

19

Corban (Ore.)

31-14

164

24

RV

Mobile (Ala.)

31-19

127

25

25

Bethany (Kan.)

45-9

124


Others receiving votes: Indiana Wesleyan 110; William Penn (Iowa) 107; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 73; Bellevue (Neb.) 51; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 23; South Carolina Beaufort 21; Georgetown (Ky.) 19; William Jessup (Calif.) 19; Thomas (Ga.) 11; Texas Wesleyan 10; Evangel (Mo.) 9; Concordia (Ore.) 8; Oklahoma Christian 7; Milligan (Tenn.) 4; Marian (Ind.) 3; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1; College of Idaho 1.