April 25, 2002

NKU RANKED NO. 19 IN NATION

No. 19 Norse play host to No. 2 SIUE this Saturday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University softball team is ranked No. 19 nationally in the latest Division II poll, and the Norse will play host to No. 2 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (43-8) this Saturday at 1 p.m.

NKU is now 32-8 after going 2-0 at the rain-shortened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge last weekend at South Bend, Ind. NKU will return to GLVC action today with a road doubleheader at Saint Joseph’s College at 3 p.m. The Norse will then return home and close out their GLVC schedule against SIUE (1 p.m. Saturday) and the University of Southern Indiana (noon Sunday).

If NKU wins all six games this week, the Norse will be the No. 1 seed at the GLVC Tournament May 3-5 at Romeoville, Ill. NKU is currently 12-2 in the GLVC and trails SIUE (15-1) in the race for the top seed. The Norse are also ranked No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region poll behind No. 1 SIUE.

NKU needs just three wins to tie the school record for most victories (35 in 1989).

Division II National Poll

1. Nebraska-Omaha (7) - 36-6

2. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (1) - 43-8

3. Bloomsburg (Pa.) - 30-4

4. North Florida - 36-9

5. Barry (Fla.) - 34-12

6. California (Pa.) - 24-2

7. UC Davis - 34-10

8. St. Mary's (Texas) - 45-10

9. Kennesaw State (Ga.) - 45-10

10. North Dakota State - 29-5

11. Western New Mexico - 34-8-1

12. Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) - 39-5

13. Grand Valley State (Mich.) - 34-6-1

14. Saint Leo (Fla.) - 37-13

15. Texas Woman's - 41-11

16. Mesa State (Colo.) - 41-8

17. Alabama-Huntsville - 38-16

18. Washburn (Kan.) - 43-8

19. Northern Kentucky - 32-8

20. (tie) Coker (S.C.) - 39-9

(tie) St. Cloud State (Minn.) - 30-8

(tie) West Florida - 46-15

23. Shippensburg (Pa.) - 31-14

24. Merrimack (Mass.) - 24-12

25. (tie) Chico State (Calif.) - 23-21

(tie) Longwood (Va.) - 37-12