Patriot Softball receives votes in Top 25 poll

Patriot Softball receives votes in Top 25 poll

The Francis Marion University softball team, off to its best start since 2003, received votes for this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 poll.

Southern Arkansas University sits atop this week's NFCA poll with a 22-2 record.

The Patriots are 24-3 and will open Peach Belt Conference play this weekend.

FMU will travel to Dahlonega, Ga., on Saturday (March 14) to play third-ranked University of North Georgia (23-4) in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.  The Patriots will then play a noon twinbill on Sunday at sixth-ranked Young Harris College (17-3).

Live stats and live video for both doubleheaders can be found at www.fmupatriots.com

Junior infielder Ashtyn Patterson leads the young Patriot squad in hitting with a .444 average, eight doubles, a homer, and 17 runs batted in.  Freshman right fielder Carson Shannon is batting .350 and ranks second in NCAA Division II with 12 doubles. Freshman catcher Sarah Harkins is hitting .341 and ranks third nationally in RBIs with 34 and fifth in triples (4).

Patterson ranks 11th nationally in hits with 36, while the Patriots lead Division II with 243 hits as a team and rank second in runs scored (195) and third in doubles (49).

The regular FMU starting line-up (including designated player) consists of four freshmen, three sophomores, and three juniors.

Junior right-handed pitcher Katelyn Ellard leads the Patriot pitching staff with a 15-3 record and a 1.88 earned run average.  She leads Division in victories and ranks third in strikeouts (117). 

Another future opponent for Francis Marion is in this week's poll, as the Patriots will host No. 21 Lenoir-Rhyne University on April 1.

 

2020 NFCA Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 11 (Week 4)

Rank

School

Totals

2020 Record

Last Ranking

1

Southern Arkansas (10)

392

22-2

5

2

Chico State (3)

376

19-2

4

3

North Georgia

360

23-4

7

4

Augustana

355

10-3

1

5

UT Tyler (3)

341

17-3

2

6

Young Harris

326

17-3

6

7

Angelo State

294

19-6

9

8

Saint Leo

279

19-7

15

9

Rollins

252

21-3

3

10

Texas A&M-Commerce

246

16-7

14

11

Trevecca Nazarene

227

10-2

10

12

Saint Anselm

223

16-4

12

13

Concordia Irvine

215

13-5

8

14

Lincoln Memorial

207

14-5

13

15

Valdosta State

154

16-5

19

16

Oklahoma Christian

150

21-5

18

17

Rogers State

144

19-8

11

18

Lubbock Christian

113

20-6

20

19

Southern Indiana

107

13-4

24

20

Tarleton State

94

19-4

21

21

Lenoir-Rhyne

76

18-4

17

22

Saginaw Valley State

66

16-2

RV

23

UC San Diego

59

20-7

RV

24

Charleston

51

14-2

22

25

UAH

47

15-6

25

 

Receiving Votes: Indianapolis (21), Central Missouri (7), Tampa (4), Coker (3), Grand Valley State (3), Sonoma State (3), Francis Marion (2), MSU Denver (2), Cal State Dominguez Hills (1).

The 2020 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA's eight regions. Records reflect games played through March 8 with first-place votes in parentheses.