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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Humboldt State continued its hold on the No. 1 ranking in the NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll for games played Feb. 27 through March 5. As the majority of the poll continues to see significant shuffling, the top five program held steady to their respective rankings.

Despite suffering their first defeat of the season, the Jacks (12-1) received 14 first-place votes and 397 out of a possible 400 points. In California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play, HSU took three-of-four from Stanislaus State (4-1, 7-2, 2-6, 4-3) as they improved to 7-1 in league play.

Making the biggest leap this week is a red-hot Angelo State (264) squad as it knocked off then-No. 22 Lubbock Christian in a non-conference doubleheader by the scores of 10-0 and 7-1. The Rambelles (19-1), who have won 15 straight, made a nine-position move to No. 8.Southern Arkansas picked up the other two first-place votes and totaled 381 points. The Lady Muleriders (18-2) took care of business by outscoring Oklahoma Baptist, 50-6, in a four-game Great American Conference series sweep.

St. Mary’s (17-3 / 366 points) split a mid-week twinbill at Tarleton State (5-0, 4-5), while No. 4 North Georgia (350) and No. 5 Valdosta State (343) reached the 20-win plateau with 3-1 and 4-1 weeks, respectively. The Nighthawks (21-6) swept Lincoln Memorial in non-conference action and split a Peach Belt doubleheader with Armstrong State. After a mid-week split at Flagler, the Blazers (20-4) posted three Gulf South wins over West Alabama.

Chico State (294) and Lenoir-Rhyne (288 points) each moved up three spots this week. The Wildcats (12-1) swept Cal State Dominguez Hills by a score of 39-10 in CCAA action, while the Bobcats (21-2) also reach the 20-win mark with a 5-0 showing at the Shaw Challenge, which saw them outscore their opposition 56-4.

Idle Central Oklahoma (9-3 / 253) entered the top 10 at No. 9, while Saint Leo (16-6 / 245) dropped two spots to No. 10 after falling twice at Nova Southeastern in Sunshine State Conference play.

Returning to the poll after a three-week hiatus is No. 22 Wayne State (Mich.). The Warriors (11-4) have won nine of 10 after starting 2-3 at the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic. Making its first appearance of 2017 is Southern New Hampshire, who is off to a 5-1 start.

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, March 5.

 

 

 

 

2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Week 4 | March 8, 2017

RANK TEAM TOTALS 2017 Record Last Poll
1 Humboldt State (14) 397 12-1 1
2 Southern Arkansas (2) 381 18-2 2
3 St. Mary's 366 17-3 3
4 North Georgia 350 21-6 4
5 Valdosta State 343 20-4 5
6 Chico State 294 12-1 9
7 Lenoir-Rhyne 288 21-2 10
8 Angelo State 264 19-1 17
9 Central Oklahoma 253 9-3 11
10 Saint Leo 245 16-6 8
11 West Texas A&M 238 18-4 6
12 Dixie State 237 18-3 12
13 West Virginia Wesleyan 204 4-0 15
14 UAH 184 16-5 16
15 Pfeiffer 166 16-2 18
16 Southern Indiana 162 9-3 13
17 Harding 150 15-3 19
18 Caldwell 122 0-0 20
19 Indianapolis 114 9-4 21
20 Lubbock Christian 76 16-4 22
21 North Alabama 70 16-7 23
22 Wayne State (Mich.) 54 11-4  
23 Missouri Western 52 15-3 24
24 CSU Monterey Bay 36 13-4 25
25 Southern New Hampshire 34 5-1 RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 7 Grand Valley State, No. 14 Colorado Mesa

New to Poll: No. 22 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 25 Southern New Hampshire

Receiving Votes:  Limestone (33), UMSL (16), LIU Post (11), Cameron (7), Kutztown (5), Tampa (5), Minnesota State (4), Grand Valley State (4), Colorado Mesa (2), UC San Diego (2), Le Moyne (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, March 5.

 

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