March 10, 2021
For Immediate Release
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Four teams attract first-place votes
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ANGELO STATE TOPS NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

PEMBROKE, N.C. (NCBWA) A combined 9-2 performance on the diamond among the poll's top-5 teams offered very little in terms of change this week as Angelo State, Mount Olive, Tampa and Missouri Southern split the 19 first-place votes in Wednesday's Week 4 release of the NCBWA Division II Top 25.

Angelo State assumed its seat at the head of the table for the ninth-straight week dating back to last season, while Mount Olive stole a pair of first-place votes away from the Rams en route to hopping up one spot in the ranking to No. 2. Idle Tampa fell a spot to No. 3, while Missouri Southern climbed one spot to No. 4 after posting a series win at Washburn on Saturday and Sunday. Colorado Mesa dipped a spot to No. 5 despite scoring 58 runs in doubleheader sweep of Adams State on the road.

Catawba re-entered the listing after a week's hiatus, while Augustana checked back into the poll at No. 22 after a three-week absence. Four teams made their season debut in the NCBWA Division II Top 25, including Illinois-Springfield, Northwest Nazarene, Valdosta State and Northwood.

It is Illinois-Springfield's first appearance in the Top 25 since the final poll of the 2019 campaign, while Valdosta State returns to the Top 25 for the first time since March 14, 2017 (Week 4). Northwood is nationally-ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2018 season, and Northwest Nazarene is among the NCBWA's Top 25 teams in NCAA Division II for the first time in the 19-year history of the poll.

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Angelo State [13] San Angelo, Texas 11-2 469 1
2. Mount Olive [2] Mount Olive, N.C. 10-1 446 3
3. Tampa [3] Tampa, Fla. 1-1 435 2
4. Missouri Southern [1] Joplin, Mo. 11-1 408 5
5. Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. 5-1 387 4
6. Lindenwood St. Charles, Mo. 4-0 377 6
7. North Greenville Tigerville, S.C. 12-3 354 8
8. Lee Cleveland, Tenn. 11-2 348 7
9. Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. 2-1 286 15
10. Millersville Millersville, Pa. 2-0 284 12
11. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 0-0 265 13
12. West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas 12-3 254 17
13. Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. 8-2 216 19
14. Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. 9-4 212 20
15. West Florida Pensacola, Fla. 11-4 203 21
16. Illinois-Springfield Springfield, Ill. 4-0 152 RV
17. UT Tyler Tyler, Texas  8-4 149 11
18. East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. 0-0 147 18
19. Northwest Nazarene Nampa, Idaho 6-2 120 RV
20. Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 11-4 97 RV
21. Valdosta State Valdosta, Ga. 11-4 97 RV
22. Augustana Sioux Falls, S.D. 4-0 89 RV
23. Northwood Midland, Mich. 6-1 58 NR
24. Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. 0-0 57 24
25. MSU Denver Denver, Colo. 8-0 55 NR
Also receiving votes: Tusculum (10-2) 49; Concordia-Irvine (?0-0) 32; Florida Southern (3-0) 13; Quincy (3-1) 13; Bloomsburg (0-0) 9; Minnesota State (2-1) 7; Adelphi (0-0) 4; Colorado Colorado Springs (4-0) 3; Barry (1-1) 1; Ohio Dominican (6-0) 1.
Dropped out: Southern Arkansas (10); Barry (14); Ashland (16); Davenport (t22); Lander (t22); Concordia-Irvine (25).

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2021 NCBWA Division II Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Angelo State)
Feb. 17 (Angelo State)
Feb. 24 (Angelo State)
March 3 (Angelo State)
March 10 (Angelo State)
March 17 (Angelo State)
March 24 (Angelo State)
March 31 (Lindenwood)
April 7 (Colorado Mesa)
April 14 (Colorado Mesa)