For the sixth straight week, Butler softball held down the top spot of the NJCAA Division I poll, which was released Tuesday.
The top-ranked Grizzlies (36-0 overall, 12-0 conference) swept Barton 10-0 and 11-1 in a pair of run-rule wins on Friday, then defeated Colby 12-1 and 11-2 on Saturday. Both doubleheaders were on the road, which extended Butler's road winning streak to a school-record 20 victories.
Butler's offense currently leads the NJCAA in runs scored per game (11.1), on-base percentage (.489), slugging percentage (.721). The Grizzlies also rank fourth in home runs (72). In pitching, Butler is second overall with a team 1.02 team earned-run average and lead the nation with 8.55 strikeouts per seven innings.
Salt Lake, UT (30-5) moved into the second spot in the rankings, ending a three-week run by Chipola, Fla. (49-4), who dropped to third. Florida Southwestern State (48-5) and Seminole State, Okla., (34-8) are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
The only remaining undefeated team in the Division I ranks, Butler has won 74 straight games and will bring a 35-game conference winning streak into Wednesday's doubleheader against Dodge City. With two more wins, the Grizzlies can match their 38-game consecutive single-season win record, which was set last year. First pitch is 2:00 p.m. from East Park. The Grizzlies are also scheduled to host Pratt on Thursday for a conference twinbill at 2:00 p.m.
|2017 NJCAA Division I Softball Rankings|
|April 11, 2017|
|2.||Salt Lake, UT||30-5||3|
|4.||Florida Southwestern State
|5.||Seminole State, OK
|6.||Seminole State, FL||44-5||6|
|11.||Northwest Florida State||38-12||15|
|14.||Walters State, TN||30-4||17|
|15.||Wabash Valley, IL
|16.||Daytona State, FL
|17.||Chattanooga State, TN
|18.||San Jacinto-South, TX
Other schools receiving votes: Crowder, MO (40-6); Georgia Military (35-11); Lake Land, IL (33-10); Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (25-5); Southern Idaho (25-13).
Dropped from rankings: Tyler, TX (9); Angelina, TX (19); Northern Oklahoma A&M (20).