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Champions in Lithia Park

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2021 SOU Softball Team under the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park

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Back-to-back National Champions!

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2020 and 2021 SOU Softball seniors

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2021 NAIA Softball World Series Preview

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Tayler Walker

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With many of the highly-ranked teams eliminated during the opening round, the final-10 teams include many surprises, mostly surprises really. The CCC has the #1, #2, and #4 rankings. What other conference has achieved such a feat in any sport?

Massey has the CCC teams at #1, #2, and #5 (with the #3 and #4 teams already eliminated).

Let’s look at the first-round matchups according to Massey…

College of Idaho gets Ottawa, who Massey has at #21 and gives C of I a 70% chance of winning.
Oregon Tech gets the winner of Mount Mercy and Houston-Victoria, who Massey has at #47 and #57 respectively. Oregon Tech will win over 80% of the time against either team according to Massey.
SOU gets the winner of Milligan and Bethany, who Massey has at #30 and #86 respectively. The Raiders will win over 85% of the time against either team according to Massey.

The only non-CCC team in Massey’s top twenty that made the final 10 is Olivet, the #3 seed.

Games begin a week from today.

 2021 NAIA Softball World Series Bracket

2021 NAIA Softball World Series Bracket

Field set for opening round of the NAIA Softball National Championship

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Riley Donovan and Tayler Walker work on their juggling routine

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The Raiders will welcome Morningside, Hope International, and Saint Katherine to US Cellular Fields in Medford next week. Massey has them at #11, #18, and #96 respectively.

Even though they lost two in a row, Massey still has SOU as the #1 team in the country by a decent margin.

Gameday!

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Second Team All Conference Tayler Walker

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Details here.

Happy birthday, Tayler Walker!

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Tayler Walker

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Happy birthday, Tayler Walker!

Big Cut

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SOU wins again, major upsets elsewhere

Touch 'em all

Raiders celebrate as Tayler Walker rounds the bases after crushing a home run to left center

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The Raiders will play tomorrow at 11 a.m. They need win only once. Their opponent will need to win two in a row.

Around the NAIA, #1 Oklahoma S&A, #2 Marian, and #5 Lindsey Wilson all lost (although none have been eliminated yet). Oregon Tech is undefeated as well.

NAIA Softball Opening Round predictions

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Tayler Walker

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Game times are posted here.

Let’s take a look at what Massey “thinks”. Massey dropped the Raiders from the #4 spot after the two losses to College of Idaho a couple weeks ago. However, the Raiders have risen back to #5 on Massey after winning the conference tournament without a loss. The coaches left the Raiders at #4.

2019 Massey NAIA Softball rankings (May 9, 2019)

The coaches have Hope International at #11, but Massey has them at #14. Massey and the coaches disagree on Marymount and Taylor as well. The coaches have them at #30 and #28 while Massey has them as #20 and #35.

Massey gives the Raiders an 80% chance of beating Taylor, 72% chance against Marymount, and 68% chance against Hope. I’m not sure what chance that gives the Raiders in a double-elimination format, but probably a number well over 90% against these three teams. According to Massey, SOU has had a more challenging strength of schedule than their three opening round opponents. Oregon Tech and Corban are both in Massey’s top 20, and the Raiders went a combined 12-1 against them.

Murderers’ Row

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2019 SOU softball starting lineup

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“Murderers’ Row” refers to the 1927 Yankees, who batted a combined .307–shy of the Tigers’ record .316 in 1921. League averages were much higher then (about .290–similar to the NAIA softball average–compared to about .260 in recent decades for MLB).

Flash forward almost one hundred years to this group. They are hitting a combined .369 as a team (and even higher for this starting crew of nine). That puts them at #2 in the NAIA among teams with over 1,500 plate appearances (and #4 if that number is lowered to 1,300). In the 10-team Cascade Conference they have five of the top 12 hitters and all nine are in the top 25.

We’ll find out later today what three teams will be coming to Medford next week to try to prevent the Raiders from moving on to the NAIA Softball World Series in Springfield, Missouri. Last year SOU went in as the #8-ranked team (and knocked off #15 St. Francis to move on). This year they will likely go in ranked #4 or #5 and face two teams lower in the rankings as well as an unranked team.