Saints Ranked 3rd in Final NFCA Division II Poll
DAHLONEGA, GA – After claiming the
nation’s top spot in the final regular season poll of the
season, the North Georgia College & State University softball
team fall in at #3 in the final NFCA Division II Top 25 poll of the
The Saints fall two spots to #3 after dropping a pair of games in the Division II College World Series to Lock Haven, the eventual National Champions. While Lock Haven was the unanimous choice for the top team in the country with all 16 first place votes, Alabama-Huntsville moved up three spots to #2, North Georgia came in third, Angelo State fourth, and Winona State fifth.
North Georgia spent all 12 weeks in the NFCA Top 25 this season, starting the year as the #11 team in the country, before moving up to #9 by week two, and rounding out the top five by the third week. The Saints then spent the rest of the year in the nation’s top five before grabbing the program’s first-ever #1 ranking on May 6, 2009 in the final regular season poll of the year.
The Saints finished their historic season with the program’s best winning percentage in school history with a record of 50-5. North Georgia captured the Peach Belt Conference Regular Season Championship, PBC Tournament Championship, NCAA Southeast Dahlonega Regional Championship, and the NCAA Southeast Super Regional Dahlonega Championship to advance to their first-ever Division II College World Series.
Head Coach Mike Davenport concluded his best season at the helm of the Saints, advancing to his third College World Series, and his first at the NCAA level. After his ninth season, Davenport has accumulated 361 victories to just 135 lossed for a winning percentage of .727.
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 2009 North Georgia softball roster was made up of two freshmen, seven sophomores, seven juniors, and one senior.