March 11, 2009

Softball Continues to Shine, Ranked 5th in Nation

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team has moved up four spots to #5 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll released Wednesday afternoon.

With the Saints rounding out the top five, this marks the highest ranking of any North Georgia team since the institution entered the NCAA and Peach Belt Conference in 2005.

The Saints, who currently sit at 16-2 overall, jump Francis Marion and are the highest ranked team in the Peach Belt Conference. The Patriots fell five spots and replace North Georgia in the ninth position as the only other conference team in the poll.

The Saints have just two losses on the season, with one coming to Alabama-Huntsville who vaulted to #2 in the country this week with a perfect 12-0 record. North Georgia also dropped a 3-2 game to Wayne State, but have run off eight straight wins to round out nation’s top five teams.

North Georgia will open conference play on Thursday afternoon when they play host to Augusta State University with a doubleheader slated to start at 2:00 p.m. The Saints went 3-0 against the Jaguars last season, including taking a pair of games on the road.

The Saints were ranked 11th in the preseason poll, and moved up to 9th last week before coming in at #5 in the third poll of the season.