FGCU Softball Ranked Fourth In NCAA South Region Rankings
Thursday, April 27, 2006
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by Chris Perry FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University has finished the season currently ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II South Region softball rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee. “We are very pleased with the latest regional rankings," said head coach Dave Deiros. "We performed well enough this week to maintain our position as a solid number four and should be in position to earn an invitation to regionals." This is the second week straight FGCU has been ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II South Region softball rankings. The Eagles (57-7) finished their season batting .330 as a team and has struck out their opponents 423 times. The top eight teams in each region at the end of the season receive bids to the 64-team national championship tournament. The regional tournaments are scheduled for May 11-14 at campus sites to be determined. FGCU, which became a full-fledged member of the NCAA in 2004-05, may receive its first NCAA tournament bid following the final NCAA Division II South Region softball rankings next week. South Region Rankings (as of 4/27/06) 1. Florida Southern (47-4) 2. Barry (36-9) 3. Alabama-Huntsville (43-14) 4. FGCU (57-7) 5. North Alabama (34-14) 6. West Georgia (38-21) 7. West Florida (34-16) 8. Delta State (45-20) 9. Valdosta State (36-22) 10. Saint Leo (34-18)