Softball Team Drops to 25th in Nation

Softball Team Drops to 25th in Nation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Entering the final week of the regular season, West Texas A&M makes its return to No. 1 in this week's NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, announced by the Association on Wednesday morning. The Lady Buffs (45-2), who won their only game of the week against Lubbock Christian, picked up 12 first-place votes and 396 points moving back into the top position after three weeks at No. 2.

With WT's move to the top, previous No. 1 Indianapolis (42-3) fell to No. 2 following a 4-2 week, splitting a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) twinbills, including a top-10 match at then-No. 8 UMSL (3-2, 1-2). Earlier in the week, Greyhound pitcher Morgan Foley became the fourth DII pitcher to reach the 1,500-strikeout total in a 9-1 victory over Urbana. The Greyhounds garnered three first-place votes and 384 points.

After a 10-0 week which moved No. 3 Humboldt State into 40-win territory, the Jacks (45-3-1) earned the final first-place vote and 370 points. Humboldt State swept two California Collegiate Athletic Conference series and also a doubleheader from at Dominican (Calif.) to extend its winning streak to 20 games, second longest current streak in Division II.

 

North Alabama and North Georgia each moved up one spot to round out the top-five, while UMSL jumped two spots to No. 6. The Lions (43-5) swept Gulf South foe Union, while the Nighthawks won both ends of a Peach Belt twin bill, including a 1-0 14-inning thriller to claim the league's regular season title for the third consecutive season. The Tritons (44-5) went 3-1 in GLVC play.

West Virginia Wesleyan dropped from 16th to 25th after suffering a pair of loss last week to the University of Charleston.

Wesleyan is now 37-9 on the season.

Five new programs make an appearance this week, including 2016 first-timers No. 21 West Florida (36-11), No. 23 Azusa Pacific (28-10) and No. 24 Charleston (36-7). Also climbing back in are No. 22 Adelphi and No. 25 (tie) Northwest Missouri State (34-10).

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 April 17.

 

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll

Regular Season (Week ) | April 20, 2016

Rank

Team

Totals

2016 Record

Last Poll

1

West Texas A&M (12)

396

45-2

2

2

Indianapolis (3)

384

43-2

1

3

Humboldt State (1)

370

45-3-1

3

4

North Alabama

345

43-5

5

5

North Georgia

343

45-6

6

6

Missouri-St. Louis

299

44-5

8

7

Saint Leo

296

37-4

4

8

Arkansas Tech

288

41-6

7

9

California (Pa.)

269

28-2

10

10

St. Mary's

263

36-9

11

11

Wayne State (Mich.)

230

36-5

13

12

Armstrong State

201

33-11

14

13

West Chester

195

37-5

12

14

Chico State

193

33-11

18

15

Missouri Western

184

35-11

15

16

California Baptist

157

34-6

9

17

Caldwell

135

27-11

19

18

Colorado Mesa

120

32-7

23

19

Lenoir-Rhyne

98

39-9

24

20

Southern Arkansas

92

37-8

20

21

West Florida

76

36-11

RV

22

Adelphi

39

26-15

RV

23

Azusa Pacific

31

28-10

RV

24

Charleston

28

36-7

RV

25

Northwest Missouri

23

34-10

RV

25

West Virginia Wesleyan

23

39-7

16

 

Dropped Out: No. 17 Rollins, No. 21 Delta State, No. 22 LIU Post, No. 25 UAH

New to Poll: No. 21 West Florida, No. 22 Adelphi, No. 23 Azusa Pacific, No. 25 Charleston, t-25. Northwest Missouri.

Receiving Votes: Catawba (20), Grand Valley State (19), Valdosta State (19), Cameron (15), New Haven (10), UAH (9), Dixie State (6), LIU Post (3), Minnesota State (1).