Softball Team Moves Up to 24th This Week Nationally

Softball Team Moves Up to 24th This Week Nationally

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – West Texas A&M became one of two Division II teams to reach the 50-win plateau as it remained No. 1 in this week's NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, announced by the Association on Wednesday morning. The top six teams remained the same as the bottom of the top-10 saw some shifting.

Receiving 15 first-place votes and 399 points, the Lady Buffs (50-2), who already clinched the Lone Star Conference (LSC) regular season title last week, cleaned up with five more wins in the final week of their regular season. On the road, WT blanked Lubbock Christian (7-0) and swept a high-scoring tightly contested league series from Texas Woman's (9-6 in 8, 13-7, 11-5 in 8, 8-7). The four wins pushed their total to 30 in LSC play, a new league mark. The Lady Buffs are seeking their third straight LSC tournament crown this weekend as hosts of the tournament.

No. 2 Indianapolis, No. 4 North Alabama, No. 6 Missouri-St. Louis, No. 7 California (Pa.) and No. 9 St. Mary's all closed out their regular seasons with unblemished weeks in conference play. The Greyhounds (46-3), Lions (46-5), Vulcans (32-2) and Rattlers (40-9) all clinched the top seeds in their respective conference tournaments. The Tritons (48-5) will be the No. 2 seed in the Great Lakes Valley tournament.

No. 5 North Georgia also went undefeated as it reached the 50-win mark, claiming its third straight Peach Belt tournament title.  After sweeping Montevallo (8-0, 6-0) their final regular season twin bill, the NightHawks cruised to the PBC title with wins over Francis Marion (8-0), UNC Pembroke (6-3) and USC Aiken (8-0) and received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Regular season California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) champions, No. 3 Humboldt State had its final league series wiped out by weather. The Jacks (45-3-1) will host the 2016 CCAA this weekend.

No. 7 California and No. 9 St. Mary's moved up in the poll. The Vulcans jumped two spots from No. 9 after posting four wins and clinching the Pennsylvania Schools Athletic Association (PSAC) West Division crown with victories over Gannon (4-0, 7-2) and Seton Hill (5-4 in 8, 12-1).

West Virginia Wesleyan(45-7) moved up one spot this week to No. 24.

They will play again in the  Mountain East Conference Tournament which begins this Friday.

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 24.

 

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll

Regular Season (Week 10) | April 27, 2016

Rank

Team

Totals

Record

Last Poll

1

West Texas A&M (15)

399

50-2

1

2

Indianapolis (1)

385

46-3

2

3

Humboldt State

368

45-3-1

3

4

North Alabama

347

46-5

4

5

North Georgia

341

50-6

5

6

Missouri-St. Louis

313

48-5

6

7

California (Pa.)

295

32-2

9

8

Arkansas Tech

294

44-7

8

9

St. Mary's

262

40-9

10

10

Saint Leo

259

38-6

7

11

Wayne State (Mich.)

229

42-7

11

12

West Chester

222

47-5

13

13

Missouri Western

210

39-11

15

14

Chico State

191

36-12

14

15

Caldwell

161

33-11

17

15

Lenoir-Rhyne

161

43-9

19

17

California Baptist

157

39-7

16

18

Southern Arkansas

116

41-8

20

19

Armstrong State

112

35-12

12

20

Colorado Mesa

80

36-9

18

21

Valdosta State

71

38-10-2

RV

22

Azusa Pacific

66

34-10

23

23

Charleston

55

42-7

24

24

West Va. Wesleyan

26

45-7

t-25

25

Adelphi

23

27-19

22

 Dropped Out: No. 21 West Florida, No. 25 (tie) Northwest Missouri State

 New to Poll: No. 21 Valdosta State

 Receiving Votes: Grand Valley State (18), West Florida (14), Northwest Missouri State (10), Catawba (6), Metro State (6), LIU Post (4).