Softball Ranked 15th in Preseason Poll

The Ashland University softball team is ranked 15th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) preseason poll. The Eagles went 36-12 last year and advanced to the regional championship game. AU has visited the NCAA Division II playoffs each of the last two seasons.

            Last year's national runnerup, Valdosta State, is ranked first in the country. The Georgia school was 51-9 a year ago. Wayne State, which defeated the Eagles for the regional championship, is ranked fifth.  Last year's national champion, Hawaii Pacific, is ranked third.

            The NFCA national poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

 

2011 NFCA Preseason Poll

Rank   Team                                      2010 Record               Points

1          Valdosta State  (2)                  51-9                             383

2          North Georgia (4)                   51-2                             373

3          Hawaii Pacific (10)                 50-8                             361

4          Bloomsburg                             50-8                             326

5          Wayne State (MI)                   52-13                           303

6          West Texas A&M                   45-18                           293

7          Wayne State (NE)                   43-14                           268

8          Angelo State                           50-15                           240

9          Nebraska-Omaha                    50-13                           230

10        Alabama-Huntsville                41-12                           229

11        Lenoir-Rhyne                          53-9                             227

12        Molloy                                     43-21                           223

13        California (PA)                       37-14                           201

14        Metro State                             53-6                             154

15        ASHLAND                            36-12                           141

16        Grand Canyon                         42-11                           140

17        Arkansas-Monticello               55-12                           128

18        Rollins                                     45-6                             125

19        Emporia State                         50-14                           115

20        Mesa State                              23-22                           109

21        New Haven                             42-8                               95

22        Armonstrong Atlantic             33-20                             89

23        Midwestern State                    54-10                             80

24        Dowling                                  44-17                             59

25        Central Washington                40-15                             58

 

First place votes in parentheses

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