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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Southern Arkansas ended the season on a 16-game winning streak and was voted No. 1 in the final 2020 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The 2020 season was shortened when the NCAA canceled all spring championships on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With no contests being played after the 12th, the only movement in the poll was No. 23 Charleston and No. 24 UC San Diego switching spots.

The idle Muleriders (22-2) captured 14 of a possible 16 first-place votes and 398 points to finish the season atop the poll for the first time in program history. They opened Great American Conference (GAC) play 12-0, also a program best. SAU topped the NCAA Division II offensive charts with 35 home runs, .621 slugging percentage and 9.54 runs scored per game.

No. 2 Chico State (19-2) won 10 of its last 11 contests, while No. 3 North Georgia and No. 8 Saint Leo tied for second in Division II with 23 triumph, one behind RV Francis Marion (24-3). The NightHawks (23-4) led the NCAA with a 0.88 ERA and the Lions (23-7) ended the season winning 12 of their last 13.

No. 4 Augustana posted a 6-0 week in Florida and ended the year on a seven-game winning streak. The Vikings (16-3) came into 2020 preseason No. 1 and was ranked in the top spot on one other occasion.

No. 5 UT-Tyler made a splash in its first year of Division II competition, running out to a 16-0 start and finishing 17-3. The Patriots reached the No. 2 ranking on March 4. No. 6 Young Harris earned its first No. 1 ranking in program history on Feb. 19 and held it for two weeks. The Mountain Lions (19-3) also swept a doubleheader from then-No. 25 UAH in Huntsville, the final top-25 matchup of 2020.

The Lone Star Conference led the way with six nationally-ranked programs, three in the top-10 (UT Tyler, No. 7 Angelo State, No. 10 Texas A&M University-Commerce). The Sunshine State Conference (Saint Leo, No. 9 Rollins) and Peach Belt (North Georgia, Young Harris) each had two programs in the top-10. A total of 36 programs earned rankings over six polls. 

The 2020 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. 

 

2020 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll
April 8 (Final)*

Rank

School

Totals

2020 Record

Last Ranking

1

Southern Arkansas (14)

398

22-2

1

2

Chico State (2)

379

19-2

2

3

North Georgia

367

23-4

3

4

Augustana

352

16-3

4

5

UT Tyler

332

17-3

5

6

Young Harris

322

19-3

6

7

Angelo State

300

19-6

7

8

Saint Leo

297

23-7

8

9

Rollins

273

21-3

9

10

Texas A&M-Commerce

253

16-7

10

11

Trevecca Nazarene

227

15-3

11

12

Saint Anselm

215

16-4

12

13

Concordia Irvine

202

17-5

13

14

Lincoln Memorial

193

16-5

14

15

Valdosta State

174

18-5

15

16

Oklahoma Christian

163

21-5

16

17

Rogers State

142

21-8

17

18

Lubbock Christian

126

20-6

18

19

Southern Indiana

113

15-4

19

20

Tarleton State

94

19-4

20

21

Lenoir-Rhyne

81

20-4

21

22

Saginaw Valley State

61

16-2

22

23

Charleston

40

14-2

24

24

UC San Diego

35

21-8

23

25

UAH

23

15-8

25

 

Dropped Out: None

Receiving Votes: Indianapolis (14), Tampa (9), Minnesota State (6), Francis Marion (4), MSU Denver (4), Grand Valley State (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.

*The NCAA canceled all spring championships on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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