Softball earns Saint Anselm's first-ever No. 1 national ranking

Softball earns Saint Anselm's first-ever No. 1 national ranking

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the first time in program history, the Saint Anselm College softball team was ranked as the top squad in all of NCAA Division II according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Week 3 Poll.

LINK: 2019 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll Release (Week 2)

Wednesday's announcement marks the first time in Saint Anselm history that any of its varsity sports teams have been ranked No. 1 by a national poll. The Hawks ranked second last week and also finished last season as the No. 2 program in the country, making it all the way to the NCAA Championship game.

The Hawks sprinted out to a 5-0 record to begin the 2019 season, receiving six first-place votes in this week's poll and 379 points. Although Saint Anselm was idle over the weekend, the previous number one team in the country, Angelo State, dropped in the poll after losing four of its five games last week. 

Saint Anselm has scored 27 runs to date and already have four home runs, including three from sophomore Maddison Leite (Cumberland, R.I.). Junior pitcher Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) leads the pitching staff with three complete game victories, allowing just seven runs while striking out 23 batters.

Piloted by Head Coach Jill Gagnon, Saint Anselm has recorded a 49-13-1 overall record since the start of last season. The Hawks won their first-ever NCAA Division II East Region Championship last year, winning five-straight games to earn the program's first-ever trip to Salem, Va. and the Division II National Championship series.

The Hawks will play 13 games in eight days beginning on Friday, Mar. 1 as the team heads to Clermont, Fla. On Wednesday, Mar. 6, Saint Anselm will once again face-off against the University of Southern Indiana in a rematch of last year's National Championship game.