DAHLONEGA – The North Georgia College & State University baseball team is ranked for the ninth straight week in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Top 30 poll released on Monday afternoon, dropping two spots to No. 19 in the nation.
The Saints (31-15) won two of three games, taking a 10-inning 5-4 victory over West Georgia, before splitting a pair against Truett-McConnell College last weekend.
The Peach Belt Conference’s presence in the poll was stronger than ever as six league teams appeared in the national ranking. Francis Marion stayed locked into the No. 5 spot in the poll, while GCSU moved inside the top 10 to the No. 8, and Columbus State rounds out the top 10 at 36-10 on the season. Following North Georgia at No. 19, UNC Pembroke comes in at No. 21, while USC Aiken rounds out the conference schools at No. 25.
Central Missouri makes their debut as the nation’s top team at 39-5 on the year, while UC-San Diego follows in second, and Tampa is third. Southern Arkansas relinquishes their hold of the top spot as they fall to No. 4 in the country at 39-6 on the season.
North Georgia will see plenty of Flagler College in the next two weeks, as the Saints will travel to St. Augustine, Fla. this weekend for a three-game series. The Peach Belt Conference has also released the 2010 PBC baseball tournament bracket that features North Georgia and Flagler in the opening round.
Flagler and North Georgia will play their opening-round game at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 8. Lake Olmstead Stadium is the home of the South Atlantic League’s single-A Augusta Greenjackets.