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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the first time in program history, Saint Anselm will be the No. 1 team in NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Hawks’ (5-0), who were idle last week, collected six first-place votes and 379 points.

There were more shifts in the rankings as several nationally-ranked teams dropped contests or did not play at all due to weather. Five programs received first-place votes, and seven points separated No. 1 through No. 3. 

Texas A&M University-Commerce picked up four first-place nods and 376 points. The Lions (16-2) leapfrogged three spots after a 4-1 week. Following a defeat to Texas A&M International, Commerce rebounded with a win over the Dust Devils, and a three-game Lone Star Conference (LSC) sweep at Texas Permian Basin.

Southern Arkansas, Valdosta State and Concordia Irvine come in at No. 3-5. The Muleriders (10-3) completed just one of its four Great American Conference (GAC) contests at Harding, defeating the Bisons 9-5 in eight innings on Feb. 24 with game two suspended in the sixth. The Blazers (10-2) did not play.

The Eagles (11-1) enjoyed a 7-0 week as they swept Adelphi in a three-game non-conference series and earned PacWest doubleheader victories over Biola and Azusa Pacific.

Previous No. 1 Angelo State dropped four of five contests last week. The Rambelles (14-5) split a midweek twinbill at St. Mary’s before being swept at home by new-No. 21 West Texas A&M in their LSC opener. It marked the first series sweep for the Lady Buffs (11-4) in San Angelo, Texas.

No. 7 North Georgia and No. 8 Chico State also dipped in the rankings. The NightHawks went 3-2 at the DII Florida Tech Invitational. UNG topped Barry, Lynn and Converse, but were defeated by Palm Beach Atlantic and then-No. 14 Florida Tech.

The red-hot Panthers (15-2) have won 14 straight and moved into the No. 9 spot after sweeping through the competition at the Central Florida Spring Training Complex. Highlighting the five wins was Melanie Mitchell’s perfect game against then-No. 3 North Georgia. FIT also knocked off Columbus State, Converse, Flagler and Georgia College.

West Florida remained at No. 10 following a Gulf South Conference road sweep of Auburn-Montgomery. The Argos (16-1) blanked the Warhawks over the three games to extend their winning streak to 12 games with a 1-0 defeat to No. 9 Florida Tech as the only blemish on their schedule.

Two squads joined the top 25 this week in No. 19 Indianapolis (9-3) and West Texas A&M (11-4). Previously ranked No. 12 Illinois Springfield (6-6) and No. 15 Winona State (4-2) dropped out.

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 played through Feb. 24, 2019. 

2019 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – Feb. 27 (Week 2)

Rank

School

Totals

2019 Record

Previous Week

1

Saint Anselm (6)

379

5-0

2

2

Texas A&M-Commerce (4)

376

16-2

5

3

Southern Arkansas (2)

372

10-3

4

4

Valdosta State (3)

338

10-2

7

5

Concordia Irvine (1)

334

11-1

9

6

Angelo State

314

14-5

1

7

North Georgia

308

15-5

3

8

Chico State

289

12-3

6

9

Florida Tech

281

15-2

14

10

West Florida

249

16-1

10

11

Carson-Newman

245

9-0

11

12

Tarleton State

231

12-3

8

13

UC San Diego

186

13-2

17

14

Grand Valley State

185

3-1

16

15

Central Oklahoma

181

13-1

19

16

UAH

139

11-5

20

17

Colorado Mesa

129

9-3

22

18

Young Harris

122

8-4

18

19

Indianapolis

90

9-3

NR

20

Cal State San Bernardino

84

7-0

21

21

West Texas A&M

69

11-4

NR

22

Dixie State

49

7-2

13

23

Southern New Hampshire

45

5-1

23

24

Augustana

44

5-3

25

25

Gannon

37

0-0

24

 

New to Poll: No. 19 Indianapolis, No. 21 West Texas A&M.

Dropped Out: No. 12 Illinois Springfield (6-6), No. 15 Winona State (4-2).

Receiving Votes: Wayne State University (34), Mississippi College (24), Newberry (18), Winona State (18), Southern Indiana (14), Tampa (7), Arkansas Tech (6), Harding (3).

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. Records reflect games played through Feb. 24.

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