Redlands softball team moves up in national poll

Redlands moved out of a tie for 19th to No. 15 after going 6-0 last week (photo credit: Hugh Rose).

The University of Redlands softball team impreoved four spots to No. 15 on this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top-25 Poll, earning its highest position for the 2014 season thus far.

Redlands currently boasts a 16-game winning streak to go along with an undefeated mark in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition.   With a 16-0 conference record, the Bulldogs also possess a five-game lead in the conference standings, with six doubleheaders to go in the regular season.

Riverside native Kaitlyn Hooper, a senior pitcher,  was named the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week for her outstanding contributions against Willamette (Ore.), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Cal Lutheran.  She now owns an ERA of 1.97 in 96 innings pitched to go along with a record of 14-2.

For a complete list of the poll, please visit the NFCA web site.

Redlands (20-6, 16-0 SCIAC) faces Whittier on Friday in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at the Softball “Field of Dreams.”