DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia baseball team has jumped 14 spots in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Top 30 Poll, breaking into the top 10 as the No. 8 team in the country.
The Saints swept Stillman College over the weekend, the program's second straight three-game sweep of the year as North Georgia improved to a perfect 6-0 on the season.
The No. 8 national ranking is the second highest ranking in program history since the university entered the NCAA and the Peach Belt Conference during the 2006 season.
In 2009, the Saints spent three straight weeks inside the nation's top 10, coming in at No. 10 on Feb. 23, before jumping up to No. 6 the following week, and dropping a spot to No. 7 on March 9.
With their 6-0 start, the 2011 version of the North Georgia baseball team is on the verge of the best start in school history, sitting a win away from tying the 7-0 start from the 2005 squad that put together one of the most successful seasons in program history at 57-15.
UC San Diego has taken over the top spot in the latest poll, moving up one spot after a 7-1 start to the 2011 campaign. Florida Southern is ranked No. 2 in the land, while Georgia stays put as the No. 3 team in the country. Central Missouri, who has yet to take the field, remains at the No. 4 spot, while Tampa jumps three spots to No. 5.
Five Peach Belt Conference teams appear in the latest poll, with Georgia College at No. 3, and North Georgia receiving 370 points to take the No. 8 spot in the ranking. UNC Pembroke's 7-0 start has them up to No. 18, while Armstrong Atlantic's series victory previous No. 1 Southern Indiana has catapulted the Pirates to a tie for the No. 22 team in the land. Columbus State had the biggest drop of any league team after losing two of three over the weekend to St. Leo, falling 17 spots to the No. 27 team in the poll.
The Saints used a pair of dominating pitching performances last weekend to complete the three-game sweep, as Blake Hobby tossed a complete-game five-hitter in game two, striking nine and picking up his first win of the season. Redshirt freshman Wes Coberly was equally impressive on Sunday in the finale, going 8.1 innings and striking out six as the Snellville, Ga., native earned his first collegiate win.
North Georgia will look to continue their hot start next weekend, welcoming Millersville University to town for a three-game weekend set at Bob Stein Stadium. First pitch of the opening game is set for Friday evening at 4:00 p.m.