ETBU Finishes 4th in Final NFCA Poll
Finishing up their season in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament and with a program record 45 wins, East Texas Baptist University ends the 2014 season #4 in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. It is the second straight year that ETBU has finished in the top 10 of the NFCA Poll as they were ninth last year.
With a record of 45-10, ETBU received 168 votes for the fourth place finish. They were just seven points away from finishing third behind St. Thomas (Minn.). ETBU moved up two spots from sixth where they were in the final regular season poll. The American Southwest Conference also had a second team finish in the top 10 in UT-Tyler as they were eighth.
ETBU has now been ranked in the NFCA national poll for 25 straight weeks and been in the top 10 for 15 straight weeks. ETBU pushed back into the NFCA top 10 last year in week 11 (May 1) as they moved to 10th. From that point one ETBU has never dropped out of the top 10.
The final ranking for ETBU this year is the highest they were ranked in 2014 as their previous best was fifth earlier in the season.
ETBU went 45-10 this year and were the Tyler Regional Champions and Marshall Super Regional Champions. They became the first Texas NCAA Division III program to play in a NCAA Division III national tournament in Texas, too, as this year marked the first-time ever that a division III national championship tournament was in Texas. They broke several team and individual records in the season and recorded numerous individual awards.