February 29, 2012

Softball Checks in at No. 4 in Latest NFCA Top 25 Poll

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team dropped two spots to No. 4 in the nation in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll released earlier today.

The Saints (14-3) went 3-2 over the weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Starting off the weekend dropping back-to-back games, North Georgia bounced back nicely with three straight wins. Falling to Saint Leo and then-No. 3 West Texas A&M in extra innings, the Saints found themselves struggling early on at the 2012 ESPN-Disney Citrus Classic.

North Georgia then dropped West Texas A&M in eight innings 6-5 on a Kayla Minger walk-off double, before drubbing Kentucky State 12-0.

This year's team started the season off ranked No. 3 in the preseason poll, then moved up a spot to No. 2 after previous No. 1 UC San Diego experienced some early season losses.

Alabama-Huntsville, who the Saints will meet next weekend in Dahlonega, remained the No. 1 team after not having any setbacks and improving to 11-0 on the season. The Chargers received all 16 first-place votes.

The Lady Buffs, a team the Saints split with this past weekend, moved up to No. 2 despite dropping two games over the weekend as well.

Cal State Chico took over the No. 3 spot, taking advantage of two North Georgia losses. Valdosta State rounds out the top five.

Fellow Peach Belt Conference member Armstrong Atlantic had the biggest gain this past week, moving up to No. 6 in this week's poll, after previously being ranked 12th.

The Saints travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to take part in the 2012 Mid-South Classic. While there they will play a total of five games, including one against No. 22-ranked Lenoir Rhyne.

North Georgia's next home game will be Wednesday, March 7, when they play Bellarmine University in a doubleheader starting at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

For complete poll results click here.