LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Winning the first NCAA Division II Softball Championship in program history helped Central Oklahoma skyrocket from 19th in the final regular-season listing all way into becoming the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the final release.
The Bronchos received all 16 possible first-place votes after their perfect 9-0 run through the postseason to wrap up the 2013 campaign at 51-11 overall.
National runner-up Kutztown (37-22) climbed an impressive 19 spots after battling valiantly in its bid for the national crown before falling in the title tilt over nine innings to UCO, 5-2.
The remainder of the final eight teams that advanced to the national championship event held down positions three through eight. National semifinalists Armstrong Atlantic (44-10-1) and Grand Valley State (46-9) came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, while No. 5 Humboldt State (53-14) remained in the exact spot it held entering the NCAA Tournament.
Molloy (53-14) leapt from among those “receiving votes” all the way to sixth in the final rankings following a 1-2 effort in the national event in Salem, Va. The first two squads eliminated from the final eight, Valdosta State (46-13) and Texas Woman’s (51-14), dropped to seventh and eighth in the poll, respectively. After sitting at No. 1 for the last six regular-season polls, Indianapolis (54-8) fell from the top spot to No. 9 after losing to Grand Valley State in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regionals, two-games-to-one. Winona State’s (37-14) run to the NCAA Super Regionals (lost in two games to eventual national champ UCO) helped the Warriors rise from unranked all the way to No. 10.
Among those teams that dropped out of the final rankings were No. 2 Southeastern Oklahoma State (45-9), No. 7 West Texas A&M (44-13), No. 11 Colorado School of Mines (40-7-1), No. 12 Lenoir Rhyne (37-16), No. 13 Bloomsburg (32-19), No. 24 Dixie State (40-14) and No. 25 St. Mary’s (45-15). Those departures opened up space for the entrances of No. 12 Anderson (SC) (40-15), No. 13 Cal State Dominguez Hills (37-24), No. 14 Adelphi (41-19), No. 17 West Chester (37-21) and No. 23 Angelo State (37-18).
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.
To view the final NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll, please visit this link.