April 7, 2010

Saints Top NFCA Top 25 Poll for 6th Straight Week

Complete Poll

STARKVILLE, MS – For the fifth week in a row, North Georgia garnered all 16 first-place votes in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll released on Wednesday afternoon and has now earned the No. 1 ranking in each of the six regular-season polls thus far in the season.

The Saints, who claimed their second straight Peach Belt Conference regular season championship on Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep over Columbus State, continue to impress at 37-0 on the season, the only undefeated team at the NCAA level.

The second NCAA Division II Softball Regional Rankings of the year were also released on Wednesday afternoon as North Georgia found themselves atop the Southeast Region. The Saints are followed by Lenoir-Rhyne in second, Armstrong Atlantic in third, Augusta State in fourth, and Wingate rounds out the top five. Francis Marion and Carson-Newman start off the second five, followed by Mars Hill, Flagler, and Limestone.

North Georgia continues to close on the all-time record for most consecutive wins in Peach Belt Conference history, a record that is currently held by former league member Kennesaw State University as the Owls put together 40 straight victories. The Saints would set the new PBC record at 41 with a perfect mark through the regular season.

The Saints will enter the PBC tournament next weekend as the No. 1 seed for the second straight season, looking to repeat as tournament champions as after claiming back-to-back regular season titles.

The top five in the latest top-25 poll outside of North Georgia has Valdosta as the No. 2 team in the country for the second straight week, while Hawaii Pacific jumps back into the top five at No. 3, and Metro State is up seven places to No. 4 in the land. Midwestern State rounds out the top five at 34-6 overall.

North Georgia will have another test this weekend as they put their undefeated mark on the line, traveling to in-state rival Georgia College & State University to take on the Bobcats in another PBC doubleheader. First pitch is set for Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in Milledgeville, Georgia.

A schedule change has forced the Saints’ regular season home finale and senior day to be moved to Wednesday, April 14, against Lander University. Game one is slated for 5:00 p.m. at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.