The University of North Georgia softball team will start the 2013 season ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II as voted on by 16 head coaches from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Valdosta State University was the unanimous No. 1 selection after going 58-5 en route to claiming the 2012 NCAA Division II national crown. The University of California-San Diego was tabbed second ahead of Kutztown, Angelo State and Southern Connecticut State.
The Saints finished the 2012 season ranked No. 10 in the nation with a record of 49-10. North Georgia begins the season Saturday in Columbus.