Ohio Christian University Softball Garners National Rankings

After the first week of statistical reporting for the National Christian College Athletic Association the Ohio Christian University softball team has garnered their first national ranking as a varsity softball program. The NCCAA uses a Revised Burbridge Rating Method that assigns values based on the opponent's highest affiliation. Ohio Christian University finished the first week with a Burbridge rating of 4, enough to finished ranked 17 out of 23 teams reporting. The Trailblazers also ranked 7 in the Team Stolen Bases category with 3 stolen bases. Freshman pitcher Stacy Moody earned the Trailblazers a 20th spot  in the Team Strikeouts Per Game by striking out 4 batters this past Saturday in the opening doubleheader of the season.

Individually, junior Jaia Reidling finished tied for first in Individual Stolen Bases with an average 1 stolen base per game. Freshman Crystal Thorne finished 8th with an average of .500 per game.

"It's the first week of reporting so it's still early, but the girls earned these rankings and need to be recognized for their accomplishments," said Head Coach Emory Clark. "As the season progresses I believe our team will continue to post good numbers. I hope we will continue to see our ladies names in the national rankings. We have a good group of ladies and I believe you will continue to see them improve as the year goes along."

Ohio Christian University softball competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association and in the Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference. For more information about the Ohio Christian University softball program visit the Ohio Christian University website at www.ohiochristian.edu or contact Coach Emory Clark at 740-477-7707 or by email at eclark@ohiochristian.edu.