The 2022 DII softball season has been one of intrigue. We have seen many nationally ranked teams square off on a weekly basis and they all seem to play each other very evenly, with series splits the norm and no one team separating itself from the field in dominant fashion.
That made these first DII softball Power 10 rankings of 2022 some of the toughest to date.
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Remember, this is not a poll — it is just my rankings based on overall record, but also several of the same metrics the selection committee uses come tournament time: strength of schedule, record against ranked opponents, and in-region wins to name just a few. There is plenty room for (welcomed) disagreement within these rankings.
The DII Softball Power 10 rankings (through April 3)
No. 1 UT Tyler
The Patriots have had quite the stretch since March 25. They played nationally ranked Angelo State, Lubbock Christian and Texas A&M-Kingsville in a row and split each two-game series. UT Tyler is sitting at 30-4 after playing a schedule with an overall .517 winning percentage, which is impressive. The Patriots are not only an offensive power, in the top five in batting average (.374), scoring (9.2 runs per game) and slugging percentage (.608), but are also one of the top defensive teams in DII softball at .978.
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No. 2 North Georgia
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