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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – North Georgia became the first NCAA program to reach the 50-win plateau and enters conference tournament play as the No. 1 program in this week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The NightHawks (53-2) swept a pair of Peach Belt twinbills, the first against then-No. 20 Georgia College, which clinched their fifth straight Peach Belt Conference regular season title. UNG earned 15 of a possible 16 first-place votes and 399 points.

Chico State and Colorado Mesa, who both clinched their league’s regular season titles, swept their final conference series to hold firm at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The Wildcats (47-3) swept San Francisco State to extend their winning streak to 22 games and finish with a 37-3 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Mavericks (43-3) took all four games from CSU-Pueblo and will host the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament this weekend.

North Alabama moved up one spot to No. 4, while Winona State entered the top five for the first time in 2018. The Lions (42-5) took two of three from Gulf South Conference (GSC) foe and then-No. 18 UAH and will be the top seed and host of the GSC Softball Championship. The Warriors (41-5) capped off their regular season with 11 straight wins, six last week, to earn their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season title since 2007 and fourth overall.

Angelo State stood pat at No. 6, while Southern Arkansas dipped to No. 7. The Rambelles (45-7) clinched the Lone Star Conference (LSC) regular season and will host the LSC Tournament.  The Lady Muleriders (49-7) put forth a 2-2 showing at Southeastern Oklahoma State and dropped three of their last five contests. SAU ran away with the Great American Conference (GAC) regular season and will be the No. 1 seed at the GAC Tournament.

Palm Beach Atlantic (33-6) stood still at No. 8, while Grand Valley State inched up to No. 9 and West Texas A&M moved up to No. 10. The Sailfish (33-6) already clinched their NCAA bid with a Sunshine State Conference regular season title. The Lakers (35-7) and Lady Buffs (38-10) are the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the GLIAC and LSC tournaments, respectively.

Several NCAA postseason berths are on the line this weekend with conference tournament champions being crowned all over the country. The NCAA tournament field will be announced on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. ET on NCAA.com.

The 2018 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 April 29, 2018.

 

2018 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – May 2 (Week 11)

Rank

Team

Points

Record

Previous

1

North Georgia (15)

399

53-2

1

2

Chico State (1)

384

47-3

2

3

Colorado Mesa

369

43-3

3

4

North Alabama

336

42-5

5

5

Winona State

332

41-5

7

6

Angelo State

330

45-7

6

7

Southern Arkansas

304

49-7

4

8

Palm Beach Atlantic

289

33-6

8

9

Grand Valley State

262

35-7

10

10

West Texas A&M

240

38-10

12

11

Lenoir-Rhyne

238

42-8

9

12

Concordia Irvine

214

44-12

16

13

Texas A&M Commerce

200

38-8

13

14

Augustana

168

37-11

13

15

California Baptist

167

31-10

11

15

Tarleton State

167

46-8

15

17

UAH

138

34-14

18

18

Illinois Springfield

128

35-14

17

19

Dixie State

120

36-8

19

20

UC San Diego

95

34-15

21

21

Georgia College

85

35-13

20

22

Embry-Riddle

66

33-13

23

23

West Virginia Wesleyan

64

37-10

22

24

Saint Anselm

45

36-9-1

24

25

McKendree

20

37-14

25

New to Poll: None

Dropped Out: None

Receiving Votes: Valdosta State (19), Saint Leo (9), Minnesota Duluth (4), West Chester (4), Indianapolis (2), Coker (1), Colorado Christian (1).

The 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regionals. Records reflect games played through April 29, 2018.

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