Historic Season Culminates with National Ranking for PBA Softball

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

The Sailfish Softball Team (Pictured) Made Headlines Throughout the 2010 Season on Their Way to the Program's First-Ever Trip to the NCAA South Regional Tournament. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown. The Sailfish Softball Team (Pictured) Made Headlines Throughout the 2010 Season on Their Way to the Program's First-Ever Trip to the NCAA South Regional Tournament. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown.

STARKVILLE, Miss.- After reaching the final game of the sub-region NCAA South Regional tournament last month against eventual National Champion runner-up Valdosta State, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team completed the finest season in its 11th year of competition. With the NCAA Division II champion crowned last week, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced their final top-25 poll of the 2010 season on Thursday.

Under fourth-year head coach Kimmy Bloemers, the Sailfish set many individual and team records along the way to their historic season finish. Not only making the program’s first-ever appearance in a NCAA postseason tournament, the Fish also received votes in the NFCA top-25 poll for the first time earlier in the season.

The final poll of the 2010 season places the Sailfish in the receiving votes portion of the poll in the 27th spot after the Fish closed out the season with a 36-13 record.

The University of Hawaii-Pacific took the undisputed top spot in the final poll after capturing the program’s first-ever national championship with a victory over Valdosta State in the title game last week. The VSU Blazers as expected finish at #2 in the final poll while leading the NCAA South Region members.

Other NCAA South Region institutions to be recognized in the final poll were super-regional runner-up University of Arkansas-Monticello at #11, Rollins College at #18, and the University of Alabama-Huntsville at #19 in the final poll.

PBA finished with 24 points in the voting process with Francis Marion standing in front of them in the #26 spot with 36 points.

The University of West Florida, who PBA defeated in the first game of the sub-regional tournament was also in the receiving votes portion of the poll with 11 points to round out the NCAA South Region selections.

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