SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University softball squad moved up to No. 12 in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, while the Pirates remained steady at No. 2 in the latest NCAA Southeast Region rankings, both released today.
The Pirates (35-11) move from No. 14 to No. 12 after closing out the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southwestern and a split with Columbus State. West Texas A&M (45-2) is the new top-ranked team in the nation, with Indianapolis (43-2) in second, Humboldt State (45-3-1) in third and North Alabama (43-5) in fourth. Fellow Peach Belt Conference school North Georgia (45-6) is now fifth.
Click here to view the complete release of this week's NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
Meanwhile, the Pirates remained second in the second release of the NCAA Southeast Region rankings from the regional advisory committee. These rankings are used in the committee's selection of which teams advance to the 2016 NCAA Division II Softball Championships.
The top six teams in the Southeast Region were unchanged from the first rankings as North Georgia is ranked No. 1, followed by the Pirates. Lenoir-Rhyne is third, Catawba fourth, Georgia College fifth and Young Harris is sixth. Eight teams advance to the NCAA Southeast Regional - the winners of the Peach Belt, South Atlantic and Conference Carolinas tournaments and five at-large bid recipients. The top two seeds host four-team sub-regionals on May 5-7.
Click here to view the complete listing of the Division II Softball Regional Rankings.
Armstrong State opens up action in the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Championships on Friday, taking on seventh-seeded USC Aiken at 11:00 a.m. in Milledgeville.