June 8, 2011

Saints Softball Ranked No. 4 in Final NFCA Top 25 Poll

STARKVILLE, MS – Following another banner season for the North Georgia softball team, the Saints find themselves ranked No. 4 in the final NFCA Division II Top 25 poll of year announced last week.

North Georgia finished the year at 53-12 overall and captured the most wins in school history on the way to their third straight Division II College World Series appearance.

The Saints are three time defending Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament champions, and have captured the Southeast Regional title in each of the last three years.

With their latest No. 4 ranking, North Georgia has now been ranked in the nation's top five for an unprecedented 30 consecutive weeks dating back to March 11, 2009, when the Saints rounded out the top five. Since that ranking, North Georgia has spent 819 consecutive days among the top five teams in the land, including spending 10 of those weeks as the No. 1 team in the country.

Following their first-ever National Championship, the Tritons of UC San Diego captured the top spot in the final poll, receiving all 16 first-place votes to make their season debut atop the ranking.

National runner-up and previous No. 1 Alabama-Huntsville came in second, while National semi-finalist Midwestern State was third. Following North Georgia in fourth was Minnesota State Mankato who jumped nine spots to round out the top five.

A handful of teams joined the poll for the first time, including Saginaw Valley who went from unranked to No. 6 in the land after their World Series run, while West Alabama (14), Cal State San Bernardino (15), Grand Valley State (18), Arkansas-Monticello (24) and Merrimack (25) were all welcomed to the final ranking of the year.