LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Angelo State reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. Returning after a one-week hiatus, the Rambelles (41-4) were nearly unanimous, receiving 14 of a 16 possible first-place votes.
Angelo State became the first Division II program to reach the 40-win plateau and join Division I Arizona as the first two NCAA 40-game winners. The Rambelles rebounded from a pair losses to post six straight wins, including five last week. They picked up a pair of road win at Texas A&M University International (2-1, 8-0) before sweeping a Lone Star Conference series from Midwestern State (8-0, 6-2, 3-1).
With previous No. 1 Humboldt State falling to No. 5, Pfeiffer, Harding and Saint Leo each shifted up one spot, respectively.
The No. 2 Falcons (35-3) swept a Conference Carolinas doubleheader from Southern Wesleyan (5-4, 9-1) to extend their winning streak to eight. The third-ranked Bison (38-4) won their first two games of the week against Arkansas Tech (4-3, 1-0) before having their 27-game winning streak snapped at East Central (1-0). They did rebound to take the final three games from the Tigers in Great American Conference play. The Lions (34-7) moved into the four spot after sweeping a three-game Sunshine State Conference series at Florida Tech (11-3, 7-0, 11-0).
The Jacks (28-7), who fell four positions, split a California Collegiate Athletics Association at UC San Diego (2-4, 3-2, 6-4, 2-3) in which all four contest were decided by two runs or less.
West Texas A&M (32-6) jumped up three spots after a three-game Lone Star sweep of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Southern Arkansas (35-7) held firm at No. 7, while Southern Indiana (34-8) crept up to No. 8 and North Georgia (35-9) moved up to No. 9 from No. 12. Cal State Monterey (32-7) completed the top-10, falling to No. 10 after going 3-3 last week.
No. 23 Saginaw Valley State (22-9) makes its first appearance in the poll this season and No. 24 Lenoir-Rhyne (37-8) returns to the top-25 after a one-week hiatus. No. 14 Indianapolis and No. 17 Armstrong State dropped out of the poll.
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 9.
2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Week 9 | April 12, 2017
|Rank||Team (First-Place Votes)||Points||2017 Record||Prev. Ranking|
|1||Angelo State (14)||394||41-4||2|
|5||Humboldt State (1)||341||28-7||1|
|6||West Texas A&M||321||32-6||9|
|10||Cal State Monterey Bay||249||32-7||8|
|12||West Virginia Wesleyan||214||25-5||14|
|23||Saginaw Valley State||44||22-9||RV|
* Records reflect games played through Sunday, April 9.
Dropped Out: No. 14 Indianapolis, No. 17 Armstrong State.
New to Poll: No. 23 Saginaw Valley State, No. 24 Lenoir Rhyne.
Receiving Votes: New Haven (31), Central Oklahoma (28), Wayne State (Mich.) (19), Armstrong State (17), West Florida (12), Indianapolis (8), Adelphi (6), Pittsburg State (1), Charleston (1), Cameron (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.