April 2, 2009

Softball Ranked First in Region Poll, Third in Nation

NFCA Top 25  |  NCAA Regional Ranking

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia softball team finds themselves at the top of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region ranking for the second straight week, while the NFCA has the Saints as the #3 team in the country for the third straight week.

North Georgia went 2-0 last week, taking a pair of games from Columbus State University to improve to 29-3 overall and 7-1 in the Peach Belt Conference to sit atop the league standings. Due to inclement weather, the Saints had six games cancelled last week, but the team will hit the road this weekend for an all-important four-game road trip to Francis Marion University and UNC Pmebroke in PBC action.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Poll keeps the Saints at #3 in the nation as the poll’s top five team remained unchanged from a week ago. The Rambelles of Angelo State continue to hold the top spot at 31-4 overall, followed by Alabama-Huntsville, North Georgia, Southeastern Oklahoma, and Humboldt State.

The Saints are currently the only Peach Belt Conference school represented in the poll after Francis Marion fell out after being ranked 19th a week ago. GCSU and FMU are currently the top two teams receiving votes without being ranked as the Bobcats picked up 36 votes while the Patriots garnered 23 votes.

In the second NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll of the year, North Georgia is again at the top with a record of 29-3 overall and 25-2 in Region games. The University of South Carolina Aiken follows the Saints in the second position, with Lenoir-Rhyne coming in third, GCSU fourth, and Newberry fifth. The bottom five of the region standings are Augusta State, Wingate, Francis Marion, Catawba, and Carson-Newman in that order.

The NCAA will continue to release weekly regional polls throughout the rest of the season before selecting the field of 64 teams the evening of Sunday, May 3.