Softball Lady 'Cats Seventh in NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll

Softball Lady 'Cats Seventh in NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As conference tournament play ramps up, Angelo State remains the unanimous No. 1 program in this week's NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The top four rankings stood pat and were joined by new No. 5 West Texas A&M this week.

The Rambelles (51-4) and Lady Buffs (40-9) are the top two seeds in this week's single-elimination Lone Star Conference (LSC) Tournament with possibility of a top-five clash in the championship game.

Remaining at No. 2, Harding heads into Great American Conference (GAC) tournament as the top seed and regular season champs. 

No. 3 North Georgia was idle last week after winning its fourth straight Peach Belt Conference tournament title. Cal State Monterey Bay wrapped its regular season, splitting with then-No. 9 Humboldt State in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) action. 

Southern Indiana dropped a spot to No. 6 after splitting a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) twinbill with Quincy. 

West Virginia Wesleyan is riding a 15 game-winning streak and moved up one position to No. 7. The Bobcats (40-6) are the Mount East Conference (MEC) regular season champs and will be the top seed at the MEC Tournament in Salem, Va. WVWC capped off its regular season with a pair of doubleheader sweeps of Glenville State and Concord.

Pfeiffer dipped two spots to No. 8 after putting in a runner-up performance at the Conference Carolinas Tournament. 

Minnesota State owns the longest active winning streak in Division II at 20 games after they reeled off six more wins to close out the regular season. 

New to the top-10 this week is No. 10 West Florida. The Argos (39-12) swept Lee in their final Gulf South Conference (GSC) series and locked up the No. 2 seed for the GSC tournament in Huntsville, Ala.

Regular season Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAA) champions Central Oklahoma made the biggest climb this week, moving up five spots to No. 16 after sweeping through the MIAA tournament to claim their first title since joining the league in 2013.

NE-10 Southwest Division champion Adelphi jumped into the No. 25 spot, while previous-No. 23 New Haven fell out of the top-25.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through Sunday, April 30.

2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Week 12 | May 3, 2017

Rank

Team (First place votes)

Points

2017 Record

Last Week

1

Angelo State (16)

400

51-4

1

2

Harding

384

50-6

2

3

North Georgia

367

44-10

3

4

Cal State Monterey Bay

346

42-9

4

5

West Texas A&M

320

40-9

7

6

Southern Indiana

311

40-10

5

7

West Virginia Wesleyan

299

40-6

8

8

Pfeiffer

289

44-6

6

9

Minnesota State

283

50-6

10

10

West Florida

244

39-12

12

11

Humboldt State

237

34-12

9

12

Colorado Mesa

233

42-6

11

13

Lenoir-Rhyne

187

46-11

13

14

Saint Leo

182

37-13

14

15

Caldwell

169

40-13

16

16

Central Oklahoma

150

47-9

21

17

California Baptist

139

36-11

17

18

UAH

132

39-14

18

19

St. Mary's

118

40-12

19

20

West Chester

102

40-10

20

21

Southern Arkansas

88

42-14

14

22

Wayne State (Mich.)

77

36-12

25

23

Dixie State

50

39-12

24

24

Saginaw Valley State

27

31-14

22

25

Adelphi

23

33-13-1

RV

Dropped Out:  No. 23 New Haven

New to Poll: No. 25 Adelphi

Receiving Votes:  Valdosta State (13), Armstrong State (10), Carson-Newman (9), Winona State (4), North Alabama (3), New Haven (2), Mississippi College (1), Kutztown (1).

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through Sunday, April 30.

 

(Photo courtesy of James Foley)