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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Colorado Mesa ran its undefeated start to 26 games and enters a third straight week at No. 1 in this week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce and No. 10 Palm Beach Atlantic continue to rise up the ranks, entering the top 10 for the first time in their respective program’s histories.

The Mavericks (26-0) received 12 first-place votes and 396 points as the only undefeated program in NCAA Division II. They swept a second straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series on the road, outscoring University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 47-2, over four games. CMU leads Division II in batting average (.410), runs (284), runs per game (10.92)* doubles (73), doubles per game (2.81) and slugging percentage (.701).

The Lions (25-3) and Sailfish (19-2) are two of the hotter teams in the country. A&M-Commerce rolled through a Lone Star Conference series against UT Permian Basin to cap off a 7-0 week. The Lions scored 10-plus runs in every contest and defeated their opponents by a combined 82-12 margin. PBA swept a Sunshine State Conference series from Lynn to extend its winning streak to 14 games and improve to 12-0 in the league.

No. 2 North Georgia, who picked up four first-place nods and 388 points, swept through three doubleheaders, two in Peach Belt Conference play.

No. 3 through No. 8 shifted around as Chico State and North Alabama moved up two spots each to third and fourth, respectively. The Wildcats (26-3) took three of four on the road from California Collegiate Athletic Association foe and No. 22 UC San Diego. The Lions (23-2) improved their winning streak to 21 games after sweeping a three-game Gulf South Conference series at Montevallo.

No. 5 Angelo State and No. 6 Dixie State fell one and three positions, respectively. The Rambelles (27-3) put forth a 3-2 mark on the road against St. Mary’s and No. 15 West Texas A&M. The Trailblazers (22-2) dropped their first two games of the season, going 4-2 on a PacWest Conference trip to the Aloha State.

No. 7 Southern Arkansas and No. 8 Winona State switch spots for the second straight week as the Lady Muleriders (21-3) posted a 6-0 mark at home, while the Warriors were 4-1 at Emporia State’s tournament.

Valdosta State returns at No. 24, following a one-week absence from the poll and Tarleton State grabbed the 25th spot, its first ranking of 2018.

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 18, 2018.

*based on teams with five-plus games played

  

2018 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 21 (Week 5)

Rank

Team

Points

Record

Previous

1

Colorado Mesa (12)

396

26-0

1

2

North Georgia (4)

388

32-1

2

3

Chico State

355

26-3

5

4

North Alabama

347

23-2

6

5

Angelo State

344

27-3

4

6

Dixie State

318

22-2

3

7

Southern Arkansas

308

21-3

8

8

Winona State

270

25-3

7

9

Texas A&M Commerce

262

25-3

11

10

Palm Beach Atlantic

252

19-2

13

11

Lenoir-Rhyne

238

25-4

12

12

Indianapolis

207

21-5

16

13

Sonoma State

201

19-7

14

14

Minnesota State

192

19-5

10

15

West Texas A&M

176

23-5

15

16

West Florida

146

17-9

21

17

Harding

103

18-6

18

18

Grand Valley State

102

15-5

23

19

Southern New Hampshire

100

17-3

20

20

Saint Leo

98

23-9

9

21

Queens (N.C.)

94

24-4

19

22

UC San Diego

90

20-7

22

23

California Baptist

50

21-4

25

24

Valdosta State

42

22-7

RV

25

Tarleton State

36

23-6

RV

New to Poll: No. 24 Valdosta State, No. 25 Tarleton State

Dropped Out: No. 17 Concordia Irvine, No. 24 Merrimack

Receiving Votes: Merrimack (23), University of Alabama in Huntsville (16), Concordia Irvine (14), Southern Indiana (8), UVa Wise (7), Le Moyne (6), Coker (4), Embry Riddle (4), Minnesota Duluth (1), Augustana (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 18, 2018.

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