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Williams Baptist ranked #4 in NAIA Preseason Softball Poll

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Walnut Ridge, Ark. (WBCEagles.com) – The NAIA national office released its preseason national softball rankings on Tuesday afternoon, and the Williams Baptist College softball squad found themselves at the number four spot.  The Lady Eagles sit behind defending national champion Concordia University, as well as Spring Hill University and Oklahoma City University.

WBC's fourth place ranking ties its highest ranking and is the highest preseason ranking in school history.

Williams finished the 2013 season in fourth place at the NAIA National Championship and have won at least a share of the last four

American Midwest Conference regular season championships, with the last two being outright. 

WBC is joined by fellow AMC participates Freed-Hardeman University (14) and Park University (22), while William Woods University and Columbia College are receiving votes for the top 25. 

The Lady Eagles will head to the circle for their opener on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Blue Mountain College, where they will play a doubleheader.  Williams will then host BMC on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  The home opener will start at 1 p.m.

For a complete look at the poll:

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2013 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Concordia (Calif.) (20)

52-3

591

2

2

Spring Hill (Ala.) (1)

49-17

572

3

5

Oklahoma City

51-14

543

4

4

Williams Baptist (Ark.)

46-9

535

T5

6

Reinhardt (Ga.)

45-9

499

T5

7

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

50-9

499

7

8

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

45-12

480

8

9

Cal State San Marcos

43-12

468

9

13

Belhaven (Miss.)

38-14

423

10

15

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

48-9

390

11

14

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

50-10

384

12

11

USC Beaufort (S.C.)

43-6

369

13

19

College of Idaho

36-23

354

14

17

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

32-9

306

T15

NR

Oklahoma Baptist

33-23

298

T15

18

Houston-Victoria (Texas)

32-22

298

17

20

Brenau (Ga.)

34-16

279

18

RV

Concordia (Ore.)

35-23

221

19

16

St. Gregory's (Okla.)

35-17

215

20

22

Bellevue (Neb.)

43-11

209

21

25

William Carey (Miss.)

34-18

189

22

20

Park (Mo.)

31-11

184

23

RV

Central Methodist (Mo.)

35-12

172

24

21

Friends (Kan.)

43-8

167

25

RV

Oregon Tech

37-16

131

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