The Tigers start each softball season with high expectations. They often finish the season vying for a national title.
The 2014 edition of the Olivet Nazarene University softball team was the highest ranked team of a school located north of the Mason Dixon line. The Tigers held steady for the better part of the season at No. 4 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, at one point going on a 43-game winning streak. That kind of consistency is possible thanks to veteran head coach Ritchie Richardson, who earned his 800th career victory at Olivet in 2013 and is well on his way to No. 900.