Softball finishes 10th nationally

By Doug Fitzgerald published June 2, 2004

To the long string of firsts attained by the 2004 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball team, add one more.

A Top-10 national ranking.

The Mountain Lions finished the season ranked 10th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II poll, which was released Wednesday. The NFCA is responsible for the official softball rankings of the NCAA.

CU-Colorado Springs was unranked until the final poll. The Mountain Lions, however, gained national notice by knocking off three nationally ranked teams at the South Central regional tournament on their way to a second-place finish. That the South Central regional winner, Angelo State, went on to win the national championship also helped CU-Colorado Springs in the voting.

"This is really incredible," said CU-Colorado Springs coach Scott Peterson. "To go from being unranked all the way to 10th is really unbelievable."

It was only the fourth time in school history that a CU-Colorado Springs team had finished in the Top-10 nationally. The golf team was No. 10 in 2003, and the women's cross country team took 10th in 2000 and eighth in 2001.

The Mountain Lions finished the season 39-13, the most wins and the highest winning percentage posted by a CU-Colorado Springs team in any sport.

"This is a great thing for our school, coaches, parents, fans, and our truly dedicated student athletes," said Peterson. "Top 10...Crazy!!"

NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll-FINAL

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 is voted on by eight NCAA Division II head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Records are Final. First place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team, Record, Pts, Pvs
1 Angelo State, 47-11, 200, 12
2 Florida Southern, 55-8, 184, 9
3 St. Cloud State, 42-15, 178, 24
4 Shippensburg, 48-6, 172, 2
5 Kennesaw State, 64-6, 168, 1
6 Western New Mexico, 45-13, 163, 4
7 Caldwell, 45-7, 155, 13
8 Northern Kentucky, 54-7, 149, 5
9 Humboldt State, 53-15, 126, 10
10 Colorado-Colorado Springs, 39-13, 109, NR
11 Armstrong Atlantic State, 42-9, 108, 8
12 Alabama-Huntsville, 48-11, 107, 7
13 Concordia-St. Paul, 42-20, 96, NR
14 Grand Valley State, 36-8, 86, NR
15 St. Mary's (TX), 46-12, 79, 6
16 Cal State Bakersfield, 74, 74, 19
17 Kutztown, 31-19, 68, NR
18 North Florida, 46-13, 54, 11
18 Rollins, 42-16, 54, 17
20 North Dakota State, 40-10, 52, 16
21 Merrimack, 35-18, 51, NR
22 Bloomsburg, 28-16-1, 36, NR
23 Lewis, 45-13, 25, 19
24 Nebraska-Omaha, 47-11, 23, 3
24 Texas Woman's, 40-15, 23, 18
Others receiving votes:
Presbyterian 15, LeMoyne 11, Emporia State 5, Tampa 5, Cal State Dominguez Hills 3, Tarleton State 3, California (PA) 2, Seattle 2, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 2.
Dropped out:
No. 14 Truman, No. 15 California (PA), No. 21 SIU-Edwardsville, No. 22 LeMoyne, No. 23 Tampa, No. 25 Barry.

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