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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – North Georgia remained undefeated as it tightened its grip on the No. 1 ranking in this week’s NFCA DII Top 25 Coaches Poll. The NightHawks (14-0), who returned to play on March 22, gathered 14 first-place votes and 397 points.

UNG’s pitchers showed no signs of rust following a three-plus week layoff, twirling a pair of shutouts, including a one-hitter from Kylee Smith, against Peach Belt Conference foe Flagler. The NightHawks’ bats found their form in game two with an 11-hit output.

There was some shuffling of teams up and down the poll, including the 2021 debuts of No. 20 Minnesota State (11-2) and No. 24 Kutztown (16-4). It marked the Mavericks first top-25 ranking since April 4, 2018 (20th) and the Golden Bears’ since Feb. 19, 2014 (23rd).

Augustana, following two more wins last week, moved into a tie for second with Texas A&M University-Commerce. Both squads received one first-place vote. The Vikings (10-2) swept Missouri Southern, while the Lions (21-6) had their 16-game win streak snapped during a 3-2 week, which featured one win each over then-No. 9 Southern Arkansas, Lubbock Christian and then-No. 24 Angelo State.

Valdosta State and UT Tyler elevated into the No. 4 and 5 spots, respectively. The Blazers (19-3) took all three contests from then-No. 17 West Florida in a Gulf South Conference top-20 showdown. The Patriots (21-5) posted a 3-1 weekend in Lone Star Conference (LSC) play with a sweep of Angelo State and split with Lubbock Christian.

No. 6 Rollins (idle) and No. 7 Lincoln Memorial dropped, while Concordia Irvine stood pat at No. 8. The Railsplitters swept a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) twinbill from Carson-Newman, before having their 12-game win streak halted with two losses at Coker in SAC play. The Eagles improved to 11-4 with two victories over Redlands.

No. 9 Indianapolis and No. 10 West Texas A&M round out the top 10. The Greyhounds (17-2) jumped into the ninth spot with six triumphs last week as they extended their win streak to 10 games. The Lady Buffs (21-7) did not move after a 3-1 week in LSC play against St. Edwards and St. Mary’s.

No. 21 Shepherd and No. 24 Angelo State dropped out of the poll. It marked the first time the Rambelles have not been in the Top 25 since the 2020 preseason poll.

The 2021 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 March 28. In 2021, universities that are not competing will not be eligible for the poll.  

 

2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll
March 31 (Week 7)

Rank

School

Points

2021 Record

Last Poll

1

North Georgia (14)

397

14-0

1

t2

Augustana (1)

370

10-2

3

t2

Texas A&M-Commerce (1)

370

21-6

2

4

Valdosta State

349

19-3

7

5

UT Tyler

336

21-5

6

6

Rollins

319

8-0

5

7

Lincoln Memorial

305

24-3

4

8

Concordia Irvine

279

11-4

8

9

Indianapolis

270

17-2

11

10

West Texas A&M

262

21-7

10

11

Young Harris

234

19-4

13

12

Texas A&M-Kingsville

228

20-5

14

13

Winona State

204

11-2

15

14

Oklahoma Christian

191

21-5

16

15

Grand Valley State

170

15-3

19

16

Saint Anselm

146

3-1

18

t17

Central Oklahoma

125

20-6

25

t17

UAH

125

17-7

22

19

Colorado Mesa 

115

14-0

20

20

Minnesota State

77

11-2

RV

21

Rogers State

65

14-8

12

22

West Florida

52

18-10

17

23

Saint Leo

45

12-4

23

24

Kutztown

34

16-4

NR

25

Southern Arkansas

27

10-6

9

 

New to Poll: No. 20 Minnesota State, No. 24 Kutztown.

Dropped Out: No. 21 Shepherd, No. 24 Angelo State.

Receiving Votes: Lubbock Christian (22), Northwest Nazarene (21), Anderson (23-5), Western Washington (11), Angelo State (10), Trevecca Nazarene (10), Auburn Montgomery (4), Seton Hill (3), Texas A&M International (2), West Chester (2), Southeastern Oklahoma State (1).

The 2021 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 March 28.

2021 NFCA DII Top 25 Committee

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