INDIANAPOLIS — The Carson-Newman softball team is ranked ninth in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll of the season, NCAA officials announced Thursday.
The Lady Eagles began the week at 25-10-1 overall and had a 20-10-1 record against regional opponents.
North Georgia is ranked first in the region. Lenoir-Rhyne, Armstrong Atlantic, Columbus State, USC Aiken, Augusta State, Flagler and Tusculum round out the top eight.
Other South Atlantic Conference schools listed in the poll are Wingate (10th).
Eight teams will participate in the 2011 Southeast Region Tournament. The champion from the SAC, Peach Belt Conference and Conference Carolinas will qualify automatically. The last five teams to qualify will be the highest ranked teams left in the region poll.
The Lady Eagles return to action this weekend with a pair of SAC doubleheaders. C-N travels to Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday and will play at Anderson on Sunday.
NCAA Division II Southeast Region Rankings
Rk. School Overall In-Region
1. North Georgia 30-8 23-8
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 24-6 24-5
3. Armstrong Atlantic 16-6 13-6
4. Columbus State 26-6 14-3
5. South Carolina Aiken 21-11 21-11
6. Augusta State 24-10 18-9
7. Flagler 26-12 25-11
8. Tusculum 20-9 15-8
9. Carson-Newman 25-10-1 20-10-1
10. Wingate 20-11 20-11