HAYS, Kansas -

The Fort Hays softball team may have advanced to the NCAA regional finals a years ago, before falling to eventual national champions Central Oklahoma. But the voters in the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association weren’t sure the Tigers had that kind of run in them this season and left then out of the preseason poll.

It took FHSU exactly one week to change the NFCA’s mind. After going 5-1 to start the season,  the Lady Tigers leap into this week’s poll at Number 14.

Here’s a look at the latest poll:

RankTeamRecordPointsPrevious
1Humboldt State (7)12-13904
2West Texas A&M (8)11-03828
3Alabama-Huntsville8-23529
4Grand Valley State0-03513
5Armstrong (1)7-33445
6Texas Woman's University12-329214
7Tampa5-027213
8Augustana (South Dakota)4-126322
9California Baptist11-2243
10LIU Post0-023211
11Missouri-St. Louis5-121418
12North Georgia7-519315
13UC San Diego8-216321
14Fort Hays State5-1162NR
15St. Mary's (Texas)10-3162NR
16Barry7-215124
17Wayne State (Michigan)5-1119NR
18Caldwell0-011219
19Valdosta State9-51076
20California (Pennsylvania)0-09116
21Anderson (South Carolina)8-08720
22Dixie State9-28423
23Kutztown1-3802
24Wingate8-075NR
25Emporia State7-269NR


Dropped Out:  No. 1 Central Oklahoma (6-5), No. 7 Indianapolis (4-4), No. 10 Southeastern Oklahoma State (5-4), No. 12 St. Martin's (2-5), No. 17 Angelo State (9-5), No. 25 Columbus State (9-4).

Receiving Votes:  Angelo State (53), Indianapolis (32), Central Oklahoma (23), Missouri Western State (23), Southeastern Oklahoma State (14), Columbus State (11), Central Washington (9), Florida Tech (9), St. Edward's (8), New Haven (7), Winona State (7), Molloy (5), Bloomsburg (3), Cal State Monterey Bay (3), Metro State (2), St. Martin's (1).