Category Archives: Division II

4-27-2017 DII Rankings

Red-hot Angelo State earns unanimous No. 1 ranking NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A red-hot Angelo State squad was voted the unanimous No. 1 team in this week’s NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. Receiving all 16 first-place votes and 400 points, the Rambelles (49-4) have won 14 straight and 45 of their last 48 to earn their second unanimous No. 1 ranking this season.

The 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 Sunday, April 23.

2017 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll
Week 11 | April 26, 2017

1

Angelo State (16)

400

49-4

1

2

Harding

381

45-5

2

3

North Georgia

356

44-10

8

4

Cal State Monterey Bay

343

41-8

7

5

Southern Indiana

328

39-9

5

6

Pfeiffer

319

40-4

4

7

West Texas A&M

306

37-9

6

8

West Virginia Wesleyan

286

36-6

10

9

Humboldt State

270

33-1

3

10

Minnesota State

267

44-6

11

11

Colorado Mesa

237

38-6

12

12

West Florida

201

36-12

25

13

Lenoir-Rhyne

184

44-9

16

14

Southern Arkansas

174

38-12

14

14

Saint Leo

174

35-12

9

16

Caldwell

158

36-14

17

17

California Baptist

151

36-11

13

18

UAH

143

34-11

18

19

St. Mary’s

113

37-12

19

20

West Chester

100

35-9

20

21

Central Oklahoma

69

41-9

22

22

Saginaw Valley State

66

27-12

21

23

New Haven

36

28-10

RV

24

Dixie State

33

37-12

RV

25

Wayne State (Mich.)

30

34-12

24

Dropped Out:  No. 15 Chico State, No. 23 Tampa

New to Poll: No. 23 New Haven, No. 24 Dixie State

Receiving Votes:  Armstrong State (26), Adelphi (16), North Alabama (11), Central Washington (9), Pittsburg State (4), Tampa (4), Charleston (3), UMSL (2).

4-27-2017 Schutt DII Award Finalists

25 Finalists Selected for 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year

April 27, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-five student-athletes have been selected finalists for the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced on May 24 at the NCAA Division II National Championship banquet in Salem, Va.

This group of student-athletes, which includes 2016 recipient Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State University, is represented by 23 different programs and 18 conferences. Sixteen student-athletes from the original Top-50 “Watchlist” made the cut with the final group consisting of 10 seniors, 11 juniors, two sophomores, one freshman and one graduate student.

Top-ranked Angelo State University and No. 3 University of North Georgia had two selections each. The Great Lakes Valley Conference topped the list with four honorees. The Lone Star Conference led the way with three student-athletes, while the Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference, Peach Belt Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference garnered two nods apiece.

Collecting one plaudit each was the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, Great American Conference, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Gulf South Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Mountain East Conference, Northeast 10 Conference, Pacific West Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Southern Athletic Conference and Sunshine State Conference .

The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 11 and the Top 3 on May 17 with the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on Tuesday, May 24 prior to the start of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships.

The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II. North Georgia’s Courtney Poole was the inaugural winner of the award.

5-25-2016 Final DII coaches Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2016

First-time national champions North Alabama, unanimous No. 1 in final NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – First-time national champion University of North Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 team in the final 2016 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Completing a historical campaign with a 60-7 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship, the Lions, under the guidance of head coach Ashley Cozart, defeated Humboldt State in the three-game Championship series. UNA rebounded from a 5-0 game-one loss with 10-1 and 4-1 victories. The Lions went 11-2 in the postseason, suffering its first loss on the second day of regionals to UAH, which forced them to battle from the losers bracket. North Alabama reeled off three straight shutout wins over Saint Leo (1-0) and UAH (7-0 & 7-0) to advance to Super Regionals where it swept Rollins (9-0, 6-5).

National runner-up Humboldt State finished just short of it third national championship falling to North Alabama. The Jacks (54-8-1) posted a 9-3 mark in the postseason and was one of two programs to have an undefeated run to the National Championships. HSU won five games during regionals and super regionals and continued its run with victories over Armstrong State (3-2) and West Texas A&M (8-5) before dropping one game to Armstrong in the semifinals. The Jacks rebounded with a 6-2 win over the Pirates, advancing them to the Championship series.

National semifinalists Armstrong State and Southern Arkansas come in at three and four. The Pirates (43-15) put forth an 8-3 record in postseason, sweeping the Southeast Regional and going on the road a knocking off the defending national champion North Georgia Nighthawks in three games (0-4, 4-2, 5-3 in 8 inn.). After dropping its opener at the Championships, Armstrong State won three straight and forced an “if-necessary” game with Humboldt State in the semifinals.

Making their first National Championships appearance, Southern Arkansas enjoyed its most successful season in program history. The Muleriders (53-11) won their first regional and super regional, while setting a program-record for wins. SAU also enjoyed an undefeated postseason run into the Championships. They to rebounded from an opening day loss to North Alabama with triumphs over Charleston (7-0) and West Texas A&M (7-4) before falling to the Lions in the semifinals.

The final four Championship participants, West Texas A&M, Adelphi, Grand Valley State and University of Charleston fill in your No.5 to No. 8 rankings. The Lady Buffs (59-5) and Panthers (35-22) each went 1-2 at the Championships with WT recording a 7-3 postseason mark and AU finishing 6-2. The Lakers (43-13) and the Golden Eagles. (50-12) finished 6-2 and 5-3, respectively in the postseason, both winning their super regionals on the road. UC made its first National Championships appearance.

Rounding out the top-10 are Super Regional participants North Georgia and Arkansas Tech. The Nighthawks (54-8) swept through their regional and won game one against Armstrong State, but dropped two games to the Pirates on the second day. The Golden Suns (49-11) posted three shutouts to win their regional, but were swept by Southern Arkansas at home to close out the season.

Along with Adelphi, Grand Valley State and Charleston, Rollins, Colorado Mesa and Georgia College all return to the top-25 at the end of the season.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll Final | May 25, 2016

Rank Team Totals 2016 Record Last Poll
1 North Alabama (16) 400 60-7 3
2 Humboldt State 384 54-8-1 5
3 Armstrong State 366 43-15 16
4 Southern Arkansas 353 53-11 15
5 West Texas A&M 336 59-5 1
6 Adelphi 320 35-22 RV
7 Grand Valley State 303 43-13 RV
8 Charleston 290 50-12 RV
9 North Georgia 264 54-8 4
10 Arkansas Tech 227 49-11 7
11 Wayne State (Mich.) 211 50-10 10
12 St. Mary’s 209 47-14 9
13 Indianapolis 174 51-6 2
14 Central Washington 160 41-14-2 17
15 West Virginia Wesleyan 150 54-11 12
16 Saint Leo 132 39-8 8
17 UAH 126 40-17 RV
18 Missouri-St. Louis 119 53-9 6
19 Southern New Hampshire 103 40-12-2 14
20 Missouri Western 84 45-13 11
21 California (Pa.) 78 38-6 20
22 Rollins 76 40-16-1
23 Azusa Pacific 69 40-12 21
24 Colorado Mesa 62 40-13
25 Georgia College 55 41-18

Dropped Out: No. 13 Caldwell, No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 19 Bloomsburg, No. 22 West Florida, No. 23 LIU Post, No. 24 Chico State, No. 25 (tie) Texas Woman’s, No. 25 (tie) Catawba.

New to Poll: No. 6 Adelphi, No. 7 Grand Valley State, No. 8 Charleston, No. 17 UAH, No. 22 Rollins, No. 24 Colorado Mesa, No. 25 Georgia College.

Receiving Votes: Caldwell (37), Trevecca Nazarene (15), Bloomsburg (14), West Florida (14), Chico State (12), Lenoir-Rhyne (10), Texas Woman’s (8), UC San Diego (7) Valdosta State (7), Pfeiffer (6), California Baptist (5), LIU Post (5), Upper Iowa (4), West Chester (3), Catawba (2).

5-18-2016 Day One Winners DII Nationals

DENVER, Colo. – No. 1 West Texas A&M, No. 5 Humboldt State, No. 3 North Alabama and Adelphi opened with wins on the first day of the NCAA Division II National Championships as part of the Spring Festival, Tuesday at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Regency Athletic Complex.

Tournament Central

The Lady Buffs (59-3) and Jacks (51-5-1) will face off tomorrow, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. MT, while the Lions (56-6) and Panthers (35-20) follow at 2:30 p.m. MT. In a pair of elimination games, Grand Valley State and No. 16 Armstrong State play at 5:00 p.m. MT. The final contest of day features No. 15 Southern Arkansas and Charleston at 7:30 p.m.

Game 1 – No. 1 West Texas A&&M 4, Grand Valley State 0

NFCA All-American Kilee Halbert twirled a complete-game shutout and No. 1 West Texas A&M scored all four runs in the fourth to defeat Grand Valley State, 4-0 in the opening game of the Division II National Championships.

Halbert scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked four as she improved to 27-2. Brittany Gehle recorded the big hit in the fourth, a two-run double that made it 3-0. Shea Ibrahim also recorded a run-scoring double. Brittany Cruz and Allie Smith each had two hits for the Lady Buffs.

Following a throwing error, a pair of run-scoring doubles by Gehle and Ibrahim put West Texas A&M up 4-0 in the top of the fourth. A one-out error allowed Kourtney Coveney to scoot home with the first run of the game.

The Lakers (43-12) generated seven hits, two by McKenze Supernaw, but could not get the big base knock as it stranded 12 base runners, including nine over the first four innings.

Game 2 – No. 5 Humboldt State 3, No. 16 Armstrong State 2

Madison Williams, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, struck out eight and allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort to lead No. 5 Humboldt State to a 3-2 win in game two. The second-team NFCA All-American cruised into the sixth before allowing a single and a two-out two-run homer, but she settled down to retire the final four batters of the game and earn the win.

The Jacks scored all their runs in the bottom of the third. Nine-hole hitter Cyndi Chavez came up with the big hit, a RBI single back up the middle to plate the first run of the contest. They would add two more runs on a balk and a wild pitch.

Chavez also had a strong game at short, picking every ball that was hit her way, finishing with a game-high six assists, along with two shutouts. Tiffany Hollingsworth, Julie Pena and Illa Haley also recorded hits for the Jacks.

The Pirates (40-14) made it interesting in the sixth. Peyton Roth broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single. After a fielder’s choice and a line out, freshman Logan Harrell made it a one-run game with a two-run bomb to right.

Game 3 – No. 3 North Alabama 9, No. 15 Southern Arkansas 0 (5)

Behind two home runs and five RBI by NFCA First-Team All-American Brooklynn Clark (pictured) and a three-hit shutout from Hillary Carpenter, No. 3 North Alabama cruised past No. 15 Southern Arkansas, 9-0 in five innings.

Clark, who kick-started a five-run first, homered in her first two at bats and finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Carpenter (28-3) struck out three, walked three and extended her scoreless streak to 37 innings.

With two runners on and one out in the bottom of the first, Clark laced an 0-2 pitch deep over the centerfield fence for a 3-0 advantage. Three batters later Reagan Tittle clocked a two-run shot to left for a 5-0 cushion.

Clark added to the lead with another no-doubter in the second, crushing a two-run opposite field dinger to push the Lions’ (55-6) lead to 7-0. They closed out the scoring with two in the fourth on a RBI ground out and a run-scoring single by Anna Gayle Norris.

Tittle finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Bailey Nelson and Courtney Shields each scored two runs for UNA.

Taylor Guin, Brooke Goad and Chelsea Jordan each recorded a hit for the Muleriders (51-10).

Game 4 – Adelphi 10, Charleston 4

Trailing 4-3, Adelphi scored seven unanswered runs, five coming in the top of the sixth, to rally and defeat Charleston, 10-4 in the final game on day one of 2016 NCAA Softball Championships.

Nicole Camera and Megan Lewis led the Panthers offensively, each going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Krista King finished 3-for-5 with two runs, while Christina Palmenteri was 3-for-3 with a pair of runs.

Lindsay Mapes (22-12) earned the win in the circle for Adelphi. She went the distance, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits with a strikeout and seven walks. Throughout the game, the junior hurler battled and bore down to get several key outs in tight situations to help her squad stay in the contest.

The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first courtesy of a three-run long ball by Lewis. The Golden Eagles (50-11) answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. After a wild pitch put Charleston on the board, Alyssa Stanley pushed across the second run with a RBI single.

After both teams failed to score in the second and third innings, Charleston grabbed its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Alayna Carlson drilled a game-tying solo home run to center. With two outs, Bethany Williams was hit with the bases loaded to make it 4-3 Golden Eagles.

Adelphi quickly regained the lead in the top of the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles off the bats of Camera and Lewis.

Highlighted by Camera’s three-run bomb deep over the leftfield fence, the Panthers turned a one-run lead into a six-run cushion. Prior to the long ball, a wild pitch and a RBI triple by Nicoletta Cuccio started started the outburst.

5-18-2016 DII National Player of the Tear

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State University has been named 2016 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year, announced the Association on Tuesday afternoon.

Butler helped Wayne State advance to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals with both her bat and her arm. Adding to her current array of awards, the junior hurler was recently named a first-team NFCA All-American, first-team NFCA Midwest Region honoree, and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

In the circle, Butler was 29-6 with a 0.77 ERA, 11 shutouts, four saves, 227 strikeouts and just 39 walks in 226.1 innings, while holding her opponents to a .173 batting average.

A productive leadoff hitter, the Cambridge, Ontario native led the Warriors with a .483 average, 97 hits, 19 doubles, seven triples, 12 home runs, 42 RBI, 60 runs, a .826 slugging percentage and .521 on-base percentages. Butler ranks top-10 nationally in hits (2nd), batting average (4th), shutouts (4th), ERA (4th) and triples (t-6th).

Behind the collaboration between the NFCA and the Division II Head Coaches Committee, and the generosity of Schutt Sports, the award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.

Butler is the second recipient of the award, joining the company of inaugural winner Courtney Poole of North Georgia.