Lady 'Cats Remain 13th in Nation This Week

Lady 'Cats Remain 13th in Nation This Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a Lone Star series sweep of then-No. 22 Angelo State, West Texas A&M remains No. 1 in this week's NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, announced by the Association on Wednesday morning.

The Lady Buffs (28-0) received 15-first place votes and 399 points after sweeping a highly competitive series from the Rambelles (18-9). Three of the contests were decided by one run with WT picking up a pair of 2-1 victories in the opening twinbill and closed out the with a come-from-behind triumph in the finale, 3-2. They also took home a 9-1 victory in game three.

The only movement in the top-10 saw Saint Leo (262) move into a tie for ninth with St. Mary's, replacing California Baptist, which dropped to 12th.

The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats (18-2) stayed 13th in the poll this week.

Four programs entered the Top 25, three for the first time this season. No. 24 Florida Tech (23-9) returned after spending two weeks out of the poll. Making their first appearances this season are Northwest Missouri State (17-5) at No. 19, Wayne State University (11-3) at No. 22 and Chico State (15-7) at No. 23. No. 17 Valdosta State, No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 24 Central Oklahoma and No. 25 Southern Indiana all dropped out.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through March 13.

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll

Regular Season (Week 4) | March 16, 2016

Rank

1

Team

West Texas A&M (15)

Points

399

2016 Record

28-0

Last Poll

1

2

Indianapolis (1)

384

17-0

2

3

UAH

365

25-4

3

4

Humboldt State

348

13-1-1

4

5

Arkansas Tech

336

20-1

5

6

North Alabama

318

29-4

6

7

Missouri-St. Louis

308

22-1

7

8

Georgia College

288

23-5

8

9

Saint Leo

262

21-1

11

9

St. Mary's

262

21-5

9

11

North Georgia

242

24-5

12

12

California Baptist

224

16-6

9

13

West Virginia Wesleyan

212

18-2

13

14

California (Pa.)

195

13-1

14

15

Dixie State

158

17-7

19

16

Winona State

151

14-4

16

17

Caldwell

122

3-3

15

18

West Chester

114

20-2

21

19

Northwest Missouri

82

17-5

RV

20

Southern New Hampshire

78

4-2

20

21

Angelo State

54

18-9

22

22

Wayne State (Mich.)

51

11-3

RV

23

Chico State

49

15-7

RV

24

Florida Tech

46

23-9

RV

25

UC San Diego

41

17-7

23

 

New To Poll: No. 19 Northwest Missouri State, No. 22 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 23 Chico State, No 24 Florida Tech.

Dropped Out: No. 17 Valdosta State, No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 24 Central Oklahoma, No. 25 Southern Indiana.

Receiving Votes: Young Harris (37), Lenoir-Rhyne (14), Southern Indiana (11), LIU Post (8), Delta State (8), Missouri Western (7), Central Oklahoma (7), Grand Valley State (6), Le Moyne (4), New Haven (4), Cameron (3), Valdosta State (1)