March 15, 2010

Baseball Stays in Top 20 at No. 17 in Latest DII Poll

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia College & State University baseball team is ranked for the third straight week in the latest Collegiate Baseball Magazine Division II Top 30, coming in at No. 17 with 212 total points.

After a weekend that saw the Saints take two of three from the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern, North Georgia drops two spots this week and land at No. 17 in the country. After taking the first two games of the series, North Georgia found themselves having to rally in the series finale, but a two spot in the ninth inning was not enough as GSW held on the for the 8-7 victory in the final game of the weekend.

The Saints currently sit at 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the Peach Belt Conference’s west division. North Georgia has taken two of three in all of their league series this season, with a chance to sweep each of their last two sets against GCSU and GSW.

North Georgia continued a trend over the weekend of taking the opening game of the series, having picked up victories in all seven of their series openers this season, while Saints swept a doubleheader from the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon, their first doubleheader sweep in six attempts this season.

The Saints are one of five teams representing the Peach Belt Conference in the latest poll as Columbus State climbs one spot to No. 5, while USC Aiken had the biggest jump, moving up 12 spots to round out the top 10. Francis Marion falls four spots to No. 13, while North Georgia is No. 15, and UNC Pembroke rounds out the league at No. 19.

Florida Southern is the nation’s top team for the fourth straight week, currently sitting at 21-2 overall with 480 total points. UC San Diego is second with a 23-3 record, followed by Mount Olive at 21-1 and Central Missouri at 15-1 on the season.

North Georgia returns to action with a two-game mid-week set against Carson-Newman, taking on the Eagles at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, followed by the series finale on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

After two mid-week games, the Saints welcome new league member Montevallo to town for a three-game weekend Peach Belt Conference series. North Georgia will oppose the Falcons with a doubleheader on Saturday set for 1:00 p.m., followed by a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.