Softball Team Stays Seventh In NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll

Softball Team Stays Seventh In NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As we head into postseason play, Angelo State, the top-seed in the South Central Region, will be the No. 1 team in the last NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll of the regular season. The season's final poll will be released following the conclusion of the 2017 Division II Softball Championships, May 25-29 in Salem, Va.

The Rambelles (52-5), who captured the Lone Star Conference (LSC) regular season title, saw the gap between No. 1 and No. 2 tighten. They received 11 first-place votes and 395 points. Angelo was the runner-up in the LSC Tournament, falling to then-No. 5 West Texas A&M in the championship game, 2-1. Despite the defeat, Angelo State held on to the South Central's No. 1 seeding.

Harding and North Georgia continued their respective holds on the No. 2 and 3 spots. LSC tournament champion West Texas A&M bumped up a spot to No. 4, while Cal State Monterey Bay fell to No. 5 after a 1-2 showing as the No. 1 seed in the California College Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament. 

Minnesota State extended Division II's longest active winning streak to a program-record 24 games after claiming the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament with four wins last weekend. The Mavericks (54-6) join Harding with the most victories heading into the postseason and are one win shy of setting a program record.

Mountain East champ West Virginia Wesleyan and idle Pfeiffer remained at No. 7 and 8. The Lady Bobcats (44-7) were forced to an if-game by UVa-Wise, but came out on top, 3-0 for the 2017 title. WVWC claimed the No. 2 ranking in the Atlantic Region and will host Bloomsburg, Kutztown and Charleston in Buckhannon.

Dropping to No. 9 is was Southern Indiana after a 1-2 outing as the No. 1 seed at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. 

No. 10 West Florida stayed put after it went 1-1 at the Gulf South Tournament. 

GLVC tournament champion No. 25 Missouri-St. Louis returned to the rankings and will be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, hosting RV Wayne State (Mich.), Truman State and Kentucky Wesleyan.

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, May 7.

2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Week 13 | May 10, 2017

Rank

Team (First place votes)

Points

2017 Record

Last Week

1

Angelo State (11)

395

52-5

1

2

Harding (5)

388

54-6

2

3

North Georgia

365

44-10

3

4

West Texas A&M

347

42-9

5

5

Cal State Monterey Bay

314

43-11

4

6

Minnesota State

310

54-6

9

7

West Virginia Wesleyan

289

44-7

7

8

Pfeiffer

276

44-6

8

9

Southern Indiana

273

41-12

6

10

West Florida

260

40-13

10

11

Colorado Mesa

230

46-6

12

12

Humboldt State

225

38-13

11

13

Lenoir-Rhyne

194

46-11

13

14

Caldwell

191

44-13

15

15

Saint Leo

182

37-13

14

16

Central Oklahoma

173

47-9

16

17

UAH

136

41-15

18

18

West Chester

120

44-10

20

19

California Baptist

117

36-11

17

20

St. Mary's

91

42-14

19

21

Southern Arkansas

71

45-16

21

22

Saginaw Valley State

67

35-14

24

23

Dixie State

50

39-12

23

24

Adelphi

45

35-13-1

25

25

UMSL

31

39-13

 

Dropped Out:  No. 22 Wayne State

New to Poll: No. 25 UMSL

Receiving Votes:  Mississippi College (13), Carson-Newman (12), Armstrong State (10), Valdosta State (6), Molloy (6), Wayne State (Mich.) (6), Winona State (5), North Alabama (1), UVA Wise (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, May 7.