Softball Lady 'Cats Move Up To No. 13 in NFCA Poll

Softball Lady 'Cats Move Up To No. 13 in NFCA Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Humboldt State continued its hold on the No. 1 ranking in the NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll for games played Feb. 27 through March 5. As the majority of the poll continues to see significant shuffling, the top five program held steady to their respective rankings.

Despite suffering their first defeat of the season, the Jacks (12-1) received 14 first-place votes and 397 out of a possible 400 points.

Making the biggest leap this week is a red-hot Angelo State (264) squad as it knocked off then-No. 22 Lubbock Christian in a non-conference doubleheader by the scores of 10-0 and 7-1. The Rambelles (19-1), who have won 15 straight, made a nine-position move to No. 8.

Southern Arkansas picked up the other two first-place votes and totaled 381 points.

St. Mary's (17-3 / 366 points) split a mid-week twinbill at Tarleton State (5-0, 4-5), while No. 4 North Georgia (350) and No. 5 Valdosta State (343) reached the 20-win plateau with 3-1 and 4-1 weeks, respectively.

Chico State (294) and Lenoir-Rhyne (288 points) each moved up three spots this week.

Idle Central Oklahoma (9-3 / 253) entered the top 10 at No. 9, while Saint Leo (16-6 / 245) dropped two spots to No. 10 after falling twice at Nova Southeastern in Sunshine State Conference play.

West Virginia Wesleyan moved up three spots after a 4-0 start to the season to No. 13 (the poll only counts games through Sunday).

Returning to the poll after a three-week hiatus is No. 23 Wayne State (Mich.). The Warriors (11-4) have won nine of 10 after starting 2-3 at the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic. Making its first appearance of 2017 is Southern New Hampshire, who is off to a 5-1 start.

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, March 5.

 

2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Week 4 | March 8, 2017

RANK

TEAM

TOTALS

2017 Record

Last Poll

1

Humboldt State (14)

397

12-1

1

2

Southern Arkansas (2)

381

18-2

2

3

St. Mary's

366

17-3

3

4

North Georgia

350

21-6

4

5

Valdosta State

343

20-4

5

6

Chico State

294

12-1

9

7

Lenoir-Rhyne

288

21-2

10

8

Angelo State

264

19-1

17

9

Central Oklahoma

253

9-3

11

10

Saint Leo

245

16-6

8

11

West Texas A&M

238

18-4

6

12

Dixie State

237

18-3

12

13

West Virginia Wesleyan

204

4-0

15

14

UAH

184

16-5

16

15

Pfeiffer

166

16-2

18

16

Southern Indiana

162

9-3

13

17

Harding

150

15-3

19

18

Caldwell

122

0-0

20

19

Indianapolis

114

9-4

21

20

Lubbock Christian

76

16-4

22

21

North Alabama

70

16-7

23

22

Wayne State (Mich.)

54

11-4

 

23

Missouri Western

52

15-3

24

24

CSU Monterey Bay

36

13-4

25

25

Southern New Hampshire

34

5-1

RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 7 Grand Valley State, No. 14 Colorado Mesa

New to Poll: No. 22 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 25 Southern New Hampshire

Receiving Votes:  Limestone (33), UMSL (16), LIU Post (11), Cameron (7), Kutztown (5), Tampa (5), Minnesota State (4), Grand Valley State (4), Colorado Mesa (2), UC San Diego (2), Le Moyne (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, March 5.