UHV Softball Makes Final NAIA National Poll
UHV softball ends the season in the NAIA national poll. Coming off their sixth NAIA postseason appearance in 11 years, the University of Houston-Victoria softball team wrapped up the 2018 season receiving votes in the 2018 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Postseason Poll released Wednesday.
The Jaguars captured their first Red River Athletic Conference Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships Opening Round in the Gulf Shores Bracket. The Jaguars finished the season 30-18 for their 10th 30-plus win season in 11 years.
The Jaguars began the season ranked No. 24 in the preseason poll. The Jaguars finish the year receiving nine votes in the latest poll and are the lone RRAC team in the poll.
Science & Arts (Okla.) in ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history after winning its first-ever World Series championship. The Dovers collected all 18 first-place votes and 498 total points, while Columbia (Mo.), which finished the regular season receiving votes, moved all the way to No. 2.
Columbia is the national runner-up and earned 477 total points in the voting, while Southern Oregon finishes at No. 3 with 458 points. Oklahoma City ends at No. 4, while Georgia Gwinnett rounds out the top five at No. 5.
A Refugio native is now an NCAA champion.
Morgan Klaevemann, senior outfielder at Florida State, a key starter for the new Women’s College World Series Champions. The Lady Seminoles, beating Washington, 8-3, Tuesday night to sweep the championship round, clinching the first championship in school history. Florida State won six elimination games in the NCAA tournament, four in the span of 48 hours in the world series. It is the first team to ever lose its opening game and still win the world series when it included a best-of-three championship round. The Lady Seminoles’ Jesse Warren, named Most Outstanding Player after tying the world series record with 13 hits.