February 24, 2011

Softball Checks in at No. 3 in Latest NFCA National Poll

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team dropped one spot in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll released on Wednesday afternoon, coming in as the No. 3 team in the country on the heels dropping their first two games of the season.

Valdosta State remains the No. 1 team in the land after not playing a single game last week, receiving nine first-place votes and earning 390 points, while Angelo State jumped up to No. 2 in the country at 15-0, picking four first-place votes for 383 points.

North Georgia remains in the top 5, swapping spots with Angelo State and moving to No. 3 in the country with three first-place votes for 353 total points. Alabama-Huntsville moved up five spots to occupy the No. 4 spot in the ranking, while Hawaii Pacific rounds out the top five at 8-2 on the season.

Just a pair of Peach Belt Conference teams are represented in the poll as Armstrong Atlantic dropped from the ranking, but Flagler College made their debut, checking in at No. 22 as one of 14 undefeated teams in the poll.

The Saints went 4-2 last weekend at the UAH Charger Chillout in Decatur, Alabama, opening the three-day event with wins against Barry University, Arkansas Tech, and Quincy University. North Georgia then had three straight games against ranked teams, falling to 19th-ranked Arkansas-Monticello, defeating 6th-ranked Wayne State, before capping the weekend with a 2-1 loss against 9th-ranked Alabama-Huntsville.

Head coach Mike Davenport will take his team to the Limestone College Tournament over the weekend for four games, including the opening game of the weekend against 20th-ranked California (PA) as the Saints are set to take on a ranked squad for the fourth consecutive game.

North Georgia will then battle the University of Charleston for the second time this season after taking down the Golden Eagles 2-0 during opening weekend of the season at the Aiken Early Bird Invitational.

The Saints will cap the weekend classic on Sunday afternoon with games against Newberry College and host Limestone College as North Georgia continues a stretch of 15 straight games on the road before returning home on March 11-13. Six straight home games will be highlighted with a doubleheader against Tusculum College, followed by the start-studded Captain D's Classic with top-ranked Valdosta State and 4th-ranked Alabama-Huntsville coming to town.