Softball Team Stays Put At No. 15 In NFCA Top 25 Poll

Softball Team Stays Put At No. 15 In NFCA Top 25 Poll

LOUISVILLE – As the shuffling continued, the top three spots remained the same in week three of the 2017 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, announced the Association on Wednesday morning. Humboldt State continued as the unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week, followed by No. 2 Southern Arkansas and No. 3 St. Mary's, while five new programs entered the poll, including first-timers No. 18 Pfeiffer and No. 22 Lubbock Christian.

After a near three-week layoff due to weather, the Jacks (9-0), received all 16 first-place votes and 400 points.

Southern Arkansas (14-2) opened conference play on the road as well, sweeping their four-game Great American Conference (GAC) series at East Central. 

St. Marys (16-2, 370 points) extended their winning streak to 10 games, sweeping a road twinbill from Texas A&M Commerce by the scores of 6-3 and 6-5.

North Georgia (345 points) grabbed hold of solo fourth with a 4-1 week, which included two wins over Eckerd and a triumph over No. 8 Saint Leo (3-1).

Saint Leo (15-4) stayed put at No. 8, while Valdosta State (331) and West Texas A&M (329) slid up one spot to No. 5 and 6, respectively.  

Grand Valley State (291) opened 2017 with a 3-1 showing at the Lewis Dome Tournament and fell from a tie for fourth to seventh. Chico State (266) and Lenoir Rhyne (258) rounded out the top ten, moving up one and two spots, respectively.

West Virginia Wesleyan stayed at No. 15 this week.

The Lady Bobcats, along with Caldwell, are the only two ranked teams that haven't played a game yet.

Wesleyan will open their season this Saturday with games against Cedarville and Walsh.

Five programs made their first appearances of 2017- No. 13 Southern Indiana, No. 18 Pfeiffer, No. 22 Lubbock Christian, No. 24 Missouri Western and No. 25, Cal State Monterey Bay. Dropping out were No. 9 Adelphi (2-6-1), which opened up with some tough West Region competition, picking up wins over Azusa Pacific and then-No. 20 Dixie State, No. 11 Charleston (1-4), No. 14 UC San Diego (10-4), No. 17 Armstrong State (10-5) and idle No. 25 UMSL (11-5).

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through Sunday, Feb. 26.

2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Week 3 | March 1, 2017

Rank

Team

Totals

2017 Record

Previous Ranking

1

Humboldt State (16)

400

9-0

1

2

Southern Arkansas

376

14-2

2

3

St. Mary's

370

16-2

3

4

North Georgia

345

18-5

t4

5

Valdosta State

331

16-3

6

6

West Texas A&M

329

17-2

7

7

Grand Valley State

291

3-1

t4

8

Saint Leo

288

15-4

8

9

Chico State

266

8-1

10

10

Lenoir-Rhyne

258

16-2

12

11

Central Oklahoma

234

9-3

13

12

Dixie State

192

14-3

20

13

Southern Indiana

181

7-1

RV

14

Colorado Mesa

179

7-2

16

15

West Virginia Wesleyan

177

0-0

15

16

UAH

157

13-5

19

17

Angelo State

142

17-1

21

18

Pfeiffer

112

15-1

RV

19

Harding

99

11-3

23

20

Caldwell

96

0-0

22

21

Indianapolis

84

9-4

18

22

Lubbock Christian

66

16-2

RV

23

North Alabama

60

14-6

24

24

Missouri Western

42

15-3

RV

25

Cal State Monterey Bay

36

11-2

RV

Dropped Out: No. 9 Adelphi, No. 11 Charleston, No. 14 UC San Diego, No. 17 Armstrong State, No. 25 UMSL.

New to Poll: No. 13 Southern Indiana, No. 18 Pfeiffer, No. 22 Lubbock Christian, No. 24 Missouri Western, No. 25 Cal State Monterey Bay.

Receiving Votes:  Southern New Hampshire (30), Limestone (24), UMSL (14), LIU Post (7), Tampa (6), Kutztown (3), Young Harris (2), Wayne State (Mich.) (2), Cameron (1).

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through Sunday, Feb. 26.