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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – North Georgia continued as the No. 1 team for the third straight week in the 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.  The NightHawks (56-2) swept through the Peach Belt Conference tournament and will be the No. 1 overall seed in the Southeast Region.

There was not much movement in the top ten as the first six spots remained the same. The only change saw Palm Beach Atlantic and Southern Arkansas switch at No. 7 and No. 8.

No. 2 Chico State, No. 3 Colorado Mesa, No. 4 North Alabama, No. 5 Winona State and No. 6 Angelo State and No. 9 Grand Valley State all collected their respective conference tournament titles without dropping a single game. Those programs, minus North Alabama, will be the No. 1 seeds in their regions.

The Lions (44-5), who shared the weather-shortened Gulf South tournament title, will be the No. 2 seed in the South Region as Palm Beach Atlantic earned the No. 1 spot heading into NCAA postseason play.

The second-ranked Wildcats (50-3), who are riding a 25-game winning streak, reached the 50-win plateau in their 50th season of softball and captured their first ever California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. The No. 3 Mavericks (47-3) cruised to their second straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tourney title, outscoring the opposition 31-2.

The fifth-ranked Warriors (45-5) are riding a 15-game winning streak following McKenna Larsen’s walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh that lifted Winona State to an 8-5 win over No. 13 Augustana and its sixth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship.

The Rambelles (47-7), the 2017 national runners-up, collected their second straight Lone Star Conference tournament title knocking off then-No. 15 Tarleton State in the semifinals and No. 10 West Texas A&M in the final.

Palm Beach Atlantic was idle and No. 8 Southern Arkansas reached the 50-win plateau but bowed out of the Great American Conference tournament.

The ninth-ranked Lakers (41-7) knocked off league newcomer Davenport, 1-0, in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship game. Shannon Flaherty’s walk-off triple in the 11th secured Grand Valley State’s sixth GLIAC tournament title.

Adelphi joins the poll for the first time this season at No. 24. The Panthers (30-19-1) knocked off Southern New Hampshire and Pace to become back-to-back Northeast-10 Conference champions. Adelphi will be the No. 1 seed in the East Region after a late season surge, winning 11 of its final 14 contests.

The 2018 NCAA Division II Softball Championships will open May 10-12 at 16 regional sites across the country. The super regionals are slated for May 17-18 and the finals will be held May 24-28 at the Moyer Sports’ Complex in Salem, Va.

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 May 6, 2018.

 

 

 

2018 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – May 9 (Week 12)

Rank

Team

Points

Record

Previous

1

North Georgia (15)

399

56-2

1

2

Chico State (1)

384

50-3

2

3

Colorado Mesa

369

47-3

3

4

North Alabama

348

44-5

4

5

Winona State

331

45-5

5

6

Angelo State

327

47-7

6

7

Palm Beach Atlantic

294

33-6

8

8

Southern Arkansas

280

52-9

7

9

Grand Valley State

266

41-7

9

10

West Texas A&M

244

39-11

10

11

Lenoir-Rhyne

238

42-8

11

12

Concordia Irvine

231

44-12

12

13

Texas A&M Commerce

191

39-9

13

14

California Baptist

181

33-10

15

15

Augustana

164

39-13

14

16

UAH

156

35-15

17

17

Tarleton State

144

47-9

15

18

Dixie State

130

38-8

19

19

Illinois Springfield

113

36-16

18

20

Georgia College

94

36-14

21

21

UC San Diego

86

35-17

20

22

Embry-Riddle

76

33-13

22

23

West Virginia Wesleyan

47

39-12

23

24

Adelphi

25

30-19-1

25

25

Minnesota Duluth

16

40-13

RV

25

Saint Leo

16

32-15

RV

 

New to Poll: No. 24 Adelphi, t-No. 25 Minnesota Duluth, t-No. 25 Saint Leo
Dropped Out: No. 24 Saint Anselm, No. 25 McKendree

Receiving Votes: Valdosta State (15), Indianapolis (13), Saint Anselm (9), Arkansas Tech (5), Colorado Christian (3), Coker, (2), Gannon (2), McKendree (1), West Chester (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 May 6, 2018.

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