March 6, 2013

Saints Softball Slips Four Spots to Eighth in NFCA Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of North Georgia softball team slipped four spots in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25 Poll Released Wednesday morning, coming in at No. 8. 

The Saints (18-5) went 2-2 this past weekend with wins over Brevard College and Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.). North Georgia defeated Brevard 9-8 on Friday, Mar. 1 after dropping the opening game of the Mid-South Classic 3-2 to Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Saints then defeated Queens 11-2 in five innings on Sunday, Mar. 3 before closing out their final regular-season tournament of the season with a 4-2 loss to Wingate University.

Valdosta State University (16-3) held onto the top spot in the national poll for the third straight week after going 3-1 this past weekend. The top-three in the poll did not change with Southeastern Oklahoma State (19-4) remaining second with three first-place votes and West Texas A&M (14-1) still third and also receiving three first-place votes. Indianapolis (14-2) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (14-4) rounded out the top-five.

Fellow Peach Belt Conference institution Armstrong Atlantic State University (13-2-1) jumped from 10th in last week's poll to sixth this week. Flagler College (14-6) also moved up from 16th to 14th this week.

The eighth-ranked Saints will next open their PBC slate with a doubleheader at Augusta State University (5-13) this Saturday, Mar. 9. The first game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. with the second game to start at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. The entire NFCA Top-25 Poll can be found HERE.