Hotels 4 Teams Turface Wilson Mizuno PGF Rapsodo Schutt Easton Netting Professionals Scrapyard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Off to a 13-1 start, Angelo State rose to No. 1 in the first regular season rankings of the 2019 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Rambelles received half of the 16 first-place votes and 381 points. 

With the regular season underway, there were a few shakeups since the preseason poll was announced on Jan. 30. Six programs entered for the first time, while six others dropped out. The biggest jump was West Florida, which is off to a 13-1 start, and No. 10 this week. Joining the Argos as newcomers are No. 11 Carson Newman (9-0), No. 14 and NFCA DII Leadoff champions Florida Tech (10-2), No. 19 Central Oklahoma (13-1), No. 21 Cal State San Bernardino (7-0) and No. 23 Southern New Hampshire (5-1).

Angelo State has a neutral site win over then-No. 18 Palm Beach Atlantic and two at Florida Tech. The Rambelles have hit 22 home runs and are averaging 10.1 runs over their first 14 games.

Moving into No. 2 is 2018 national runner-up Saint Anselm. The Hawks (5-0), opened with five wins in Myrtle Beach, S.C., garnered four first-place votes and 374 points. North Georgia remained at No. 3 receiving three first-place nods and 356 points. The NightHawks (12-3) put forward a 4-1 showing at the Leadoff Classic with a win over then-No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne. Southern Arkansas (9-3), which received the final first-place vote, slipped to No. 4 after dropping three contests, two of which did come at the hands of new-No. 7 Valdosta State and Palm Beach Atlantic.

In at No. 5 is another Lone Star Conference member, Texas A&M University-Commerce. The Lions (12-1) have three triumphs over then-No. 20 Arkansas Tech with their lone defeat coming at the hands of No. 25 Augustana.

Chico State is No. 6 after a 6-1 start. Following the Wildcats, is Valdosta State who catapulted from No. 22 to No. 7. The Blazers (10-2) opened the season with eight wins, half of which came against nationally-ranked foes –North Georgia, Palm Beach Atlantic, Lenoir-Rhyne and Southern Arkansas – all courtesy of a shutout.

Rounding out the top 10 is No. 8 Tarleton State, No. 9 Concordia-Irvine and West Florida. The Texans (11-2) sandwiched 11 consecutive wins between a pair of losses. The Eagles (4-1) have won four straight following a season-opening defeat. The Argos were the runners-up at the Leadoff Classic with their only defeat of the season to Florida Tech. UWF has wins over Saint Leo (2), Palm Beach Atlantic and then-No. 8 West Chester. 

Falling out of the poll are No. 1 Southern Indiana (3-5), No. 5 Saint Leo (7-7), No. 8 West Chester (0-5), No. 18 Palm Beach Atlantic (5-6), No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5) and No. 20 Arkansas Tech (6-6).

The 2019 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 play through Feb. 17, 2019.

 

2019 USA Today / NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – Feb. 20 (Week 1)

Rank

School

Totals

2019 Record

Previous Week

1

Angelo State (8)

381

13-1

6

2

Saint Anselm (4)

374

5-0

4

3

North Georgia (3)

356

12-3

3

4

Southern Arkansas (1)

348

9-3

2

5

Texas A&M-Commerce

336

12-1

9

6

Chico State

321

6-1

7

7

Valdosta State

303

10-2

22

8

Tarleton State

283

11-2

14

9

Concordia Irvine

279

4-1

10

10

West Florida

244

13-1

NR

11

Carson-Newman

230

9-0

NR

12

Illinois Springfield

222

6-2

12

13

Dixie State

191

6-1

17

14

Florida Tech

183

10-2

NR

15

Winona State

176

0-0

15

16

Grand Valley State

160

0-0

16

17

UC San Diego

147

9-2

23

18

Young Harris

144

7-3

13

19

Central Oklahoma

128

13-1

NR

20

UAH

80

10-5

11

21

Cal State San Bernardino

72

7-0

NR

22

Colorado Mesa

56

7-3

21

23

Southern New Hampshire

50

5-1

RV

24

Gannon

32

0-0

24

25

Augustana

31

5-3

25

 

Receiving Votes: Newberry (27), Saint Leo (17), Arkansas Tech (16), Harding (6), Lenoir-Rhyne (6), Oklahoma Christian (1).

New to Poll: No. 10 West Florida, No. 11 Carson-Newman, No. 14 Florida Tech, No. 19 Central Oklahoma, No. 21 Cal State San Bernardino, No. 23 Southern New Hampshire.

Dropped Out: No. 1 Southern Indiana (3-5), No. 5 Saint Leo (7-7), No. 8 West Chester (0-5), No. 18 Palm Beach Atlantic (5-6), No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5), No. 20 Arkansas Tech (6-6).

 

The 2019 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA’s eight regions. 

The 2019 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 play through Feb. 17, 2019.

Keep Your Coaching Pitch Perfect.

Blast Clell Wade Bownet BlueStar MaxPreps

For Those Who Know Even
Days Off Are Days On.

Learn About The Perks And Join NFCA Today.

Benefits Join Today