Official NFCA Release The Liberty softball team, preparing to appear in the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship, has received votes in one national poll this week.
The Lady Flames (47-12) were listed among others receiving votes in the current USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll, garnering a program-record seven votes this week. This is the first time since March 27, 2007 that Liberty has received votes in a national softball poll.
Liberty earned the Big South's automatic qualifying bid for the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship, downing Radford in the Big South final on Saturday. The Lady Flames will be making their third appearance in an NCAA Regional, competing in the Columbia, S.C., Regional beginning on Friday at 5 p.m. against No. 24/24 Hofstra (40-12). No. 11/10 South Carolina (45-14) will host the Columbia Regional, while SoCon champion UNCG (46-11) rounds out the regional field.
Oregon was voted No. 1 in the NFCA poll this week with 788 total points and 21 first-place votes, passing UCLA, who is now second after getting 10 first place votes. Oklahoma (741 points, one first-place vote), Florida (713) and Washington (668) round out the top five, in that order.
The Lady Flames' current 17-game winning streak is the second longest active winning streak in NCAA Division I softball, trailing only NEC champion Saint Francis (Pa.)'s 19-game streak. Only three NCAA Division I softball teams have won more games than Liberty this season, in UCLA (50-4), Florida (50-8) and Oklahoma (50-3). Liberty, with a program single-season record 47 victories, is tied with Florida State (47-10) and Oregon (47-7) for the fourth-most wins in the nation.
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