CMU Earns Highest Ranking in School History
KANSAS CITY -- Central Methodist ends the 2012 season ranked No. 19 in the country in the NAIA Softball Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office. The ranking marks the highest in school history in the poll.
The Eagles (41-14) received 220 points, moving up one spot from the previous poll released at the end of the regular season.
Central Methodist won the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships, advancing to the 32nd Annual NAIA Softball Championship. The Eagles tied a school-record for wins after also winning 41 games in 2011.
After winning its first-ever National Championship, Shorter (Ga.) was awarded the No. 1 ranking.
Eleven conferences/independent/unaffiliated groupings are represented in the poll. The Southern States Athletic Conference placed six among ranked squads: Shorter, Brenau, No. 7 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 8 William Carey (Miss.), No. 12 Lee (Tenn.) and Mobile. The SAC claims four Top 25 teams: Oklahoma City, No. 9 Lubbock Christian (Texas), No. 17 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and No. 22 St. Gregory's (Okla.). Four other conferences and unaffiliated groups list multiple teams in the poll.