Butler softball holds steady at No. 7 in NJCAA rankings

Butler softball holds steady at No. 7 in NJCAA rankings

For the second straight week, Butler softball held steady at seventh in this week's NJCAA Division I poll, which was released Wednesday.

Including the preseason poll, the Grizzlies (27-7 overall, 11-1 conference) have been ranked in the top 10 in all seven polls this season.

Indian River (Fla.), who took over the top spot last week, stayed at No. 1, while Arizona Western remained in second. Southern Idaho moved one spot to third and McLennan (Texas) jumped two spots to fourth. Chattanooga State (Tenn.) remained at No. 5, while Tallahassee Fla.) fell from third to sixth.

Butler went 6-1 over the week, beginning with four run-rule victories over Colby. On Wednesday, the Grizzlies defeated Colby 13-0 and 11-3 at East Park, with both games ending after five innings. Butler then traveled to Colby on Friday, winning 18-5 and 11-0.

The Grizzlies then went 2-1 at the Colby Tournament, with a 3-2 loss to Lamar (Colo.) sandwiched around two victories. Butler defeated Western Nebraska 3-1, then ended the day with a 9-1 five-inning win over then-No. 18 Otero (Colo.). Western Nebraska moved into the rankings this week at 20th, while Otero bowed out of the poll.

Rain on Sunday cancelled Sunday's games, as the Grizzlies were scheduled to play McCook (Neb.) and Trinidad State (Colo.).

Butler will travel to Garden City on Monday for a pair of conference contests, beginning at 2 p.m.

NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S SOFTBALL TOP 20 NATIONAL POLL 

April 16, 2014
Rank College   Record   Points Prev.
1 Indian River, Fla.
36-8 80 1
2 Arizona Western 36-4 76 2
3 Southern Idaho
37-13 72 4
4 McLennan, Texas 39-8 68 6
5 Chattanooga State, Tenn.
43-5 64 5
6 Tallahassee, Fla. 34-11 60 3
7 Butler 27-7 56 7
8 Eastern Arizona 35-6 52 8
9 Galveston, Texas 29-16 48 9
10 Polk State, Fla. 37-10 44 11
11 Lake Land, Fla. 43-7 40 12
12 Southern Nevada 31-13 36 13
13 Odessa, Texas 37-9 32 14
14 Southern Union State, Ala. 38-8 28 15
15 Darton State, Ga. 36-10 24 17
16 Navarro, Texas 33-11 20 NR
17 Walters State, Tenn. 33-6 16 16
18 Central Florida 33-12 12 19
19 Seminole State, Fla. 31-7 8 RV
20 Western Nebraska 41-10 4 RV

Other schools receiving votes: Crowder, Mo. (34-10); Wallace State-Hanceville, Ala. (36-18); San Jacinto-South, Texas (33-17); Wabash Valley, Ill. (32-7); Pitt, N.C. (23-5).

Dropped from rankings: Blinn, Texas (10); Otero, Colo. (18); Crowder, Mo. (20).