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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following an 18-0 start, Colorado Mesa earned its first No. 1 ranking in program history. The Mavericks received seven first-place votes and 389 points in this week’s 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. They edged our North Georgia by four points and Dixie State followed with 378 points.

CMU put together a 6-0 week, which saw the Mavericks push across 72 runs as they recorded six Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wins. The weekend was highlighted by a 22-4 thumping of Adams State, marking the second time this season the Mavericks scored more than 20 runs in a contest.

The NightHawks (24-1), which earned nine-first place votes, remained at No. 2 following a 3-1 week at home. North Georgia suffered its first loss of the season, upset by Coker, 3-2. It ended their 23-game winning streak. They did knock off the Cobras, 14-1, and added two victories over Flagler.

Dixie State, who picked up the final first-place vote, remained undefeated with three PacWest Conference triumphs over Notre Dame de Namur. The Trailblazers (18-0), along with the No. 1 Mavericks, are the two remaining undefeated teams in the top-25.

Angelo State and Chico State moved up to No. 4 and 5. The Rambelles (19-1) extended their winning streak to 18 games with a midweek doubleheader sweep of St. Edwards. The Wildcats (18-1) suffered their first defeat of 2018 as they split a California Collegiate Athletic Association twinbill with Stanislaus State.

The next three programs joined the top-10 this week as North Alabama, Southern Arkansas and Winona State come in at No. 6,7 and 8, respectively. The Lions (15-2) have won 15 straight, including five last week in Gulf South Conference play. The Lady Muleriders (16-2) won all six of their Great American Conference matchups.

The Warriors (11-2) catapulted 11 spots from No. 19 after a 4-0 week at the Spring Games in Florida, which included victories over previous No. 1 Minnesota State and then-No. 13 Southern Indiana.

The Mavericks (11-2) fell from the top spot to No. 9 after suffering their first two losses of the season against Grand Valley State and Winona State. Minnesota State opened its Florida trip with wins over Urbana and Hillsdale before having its 17-game winning streak snapped.

Saint Leo fell to No. 10 after a 2-3 week. The Lions (14-6) swept Flagler before being swept in a three-game Sunshine State Conference series at Embry-Riddle.

Joining the poll this week is Indianapolis (10-4) at No. 20 and UC San Diego (15-4) at No. 25. No. 6 West Virginia Wesleyan (1-3) and No. 24 Saginaw Valley State (3-3) dropped out.

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 March 4, 2018.

 

 

2018 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 7 (Week 3)

Rank

Team

Points

Record

Previous

1

Colorado Mesa (8)

389

18-0

3

2

North Georgia (9)

385

24-1

2

3

Dixie State (1)

378

18-0

4

4

Angelo State

349

19-1

5

5

Chico State

323

18-1

7

6

North Alabama

313

15-2

11

7

Southern Arkansas

310

16-2

12

8

Winona State

264

11-2

19

9

Minnesota State

252

11-2

1

10

Saint Leo

220

14-6

8

11

Texas A&M Commerce

214

15-2

21

12

Lenoir-Rhyne

203

15-4

15

13

Palm Beach Atlantic

190

13-2

17

14

Southern Indiana

189

9-5

13

t15

Sonoma State

183

14-6

16

t15

West Texas A&M

183

13-3

9

17

Harding

182

11-3

10

18

Valdosta State

102

17-4

23

19

Concordia Irvine

99

7-4

20

20

Indianapolis

78

10-4

RV

21

Cameron

69

15-5

18

t22

Merrimack

62

5-1

22

t22

Queens

62

18-3

25

24

West Florida

54

11-8

14

25

UC San Diego

41

15-4

RV

New to Poll: No. 20 Indianapolis, No. 25 UC San Diego

Dropped Out: No. 6 West Virginia Wesleyan (1-3), No. 24 Saginaw Valley State (3-3)

Receiving Votes: Central Oklahoma (23), California Baptist (19), Coker (17), Saginaw Valley State (16), Molloy (10), Tarleton State (8), Embry Riddle (6), West Chester (4), Arkansas Tech (2), UAH (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 March 4, 2018.

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