UHV softball team ranked No. 16

The University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars softball team moved up three spots Tuesday and landed at No. 16 in the first regular-season edition of the 2011 NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Jaguars, 15-9 going into Tuesday's doubleheader with Prairie View, were tied for third in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference rankings release Monday.

California State University-San Marcos (28-5), the top ranked A.I.I. team, and Central Baptist College (Ark.) ranked No. 2, drew top-10 rankings in the first 2011 NAIA poll. CSUSM moved from eighth to fourth, while CBC (24-0) broke into the Top 25 with a No. 7 ranking.

UHV and Central Baptist square off on Friday at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader at Burdge Field. The Jaguars, who were ranked No. 19 in the pre-season poll, received 277 points and were 10 behind No. 15 University of Mobile25 behind No. 14 Marian University.

For the 17th-consecutive poll dating back to the 2009 season, California Baptist University took the top spot with 21 first-place votes and 591 points. Cal Baptist is currently 33-1 on the season. William Carey University moved from No. 3 to No. 2, while Concordia University (Calif.) moved up from No. 6 to No. 3Simon Fraser University, which shared the No. 3 A.I.I. spot with UHV, fell from No. 2 to No. 25.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow