D-II, NAIA, D-III rankings: Feb. 17

Photo: Gary Mattis (Tennessee Wesleyan Athletics)

Between COVID and the cold, action on college diamonds has been throttled so far this season. With its earlier start date, a handful of NAIA teams have been able to string together a couple weeks of action, but single-digit game totals is still the norm around the country so far. As a result there isn’t much of a shakeup in the first small school rankings update. There have only been a few minor adjustments to the NAIA positioning and their NCAA counterparts remain unchanged.   


Top-rated Tennessee Wesleyan has performed as predicted out of the gate with a perfect 6-0 record. The Bulldogs outscored Marian and IU Southeast by a combined 80-14 margin and have been dominating both at the plate and on the mound. 

Offensively, shortstop Gary Mattis, designated hitter Zach Houguisson, and first baseman Alex Flock each have already hit six home runs; that’s not a combined total either, they’ve amazingly each accomplished that task. Even more mind-blowingly incredible is that Mattis performed the feat in only 12 at-bats. The trio is batting a combined .596 with 29 runs, 91 total bases and only three strikeouts in 52 at-bats. The offense isn’t limited to just those three players either. The team is batting a collective .403 and has achieved a double-digit run total in each of their six contests.

The TWU pitchers have been nearly as dominant. Only once in their six games has an opponent mustered to plate more than a single run. In 45 innings on the mound the Bulldog staff has struck out 55 batters and only allowed 26 hits to hold opposition to a .164 batting average.  

Tennessee Wesleyan was supposed to host another quality team off to a hot start in Cumberlands this week, but the game was called due to weather. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs’ winning ways and dominance will be tested. Their next eight games are all against teams currently in the Perfect Game Top 25 as they are scheduled to face Indiana Tech, Georgia Gwinnett and Reinhardt.

RankPrevSchoolStateRecordLast Week
11Tennessee Wesleyan BulldogsTN6-03-0
22USAO DroversOK0-00-0
33Southeastern FireFL10-03-0
94Cumberlands PatriotsKY4-01-0
45St. Thomas BobcatsFL4-43-1
76Faulkner EaglesAL5-03-0
67LSU Shreveport PilotsLA2-20-0
88Georgia Gwinnett GrizzliesGA4-23-0
159Bryan LionsTN6-22-0
1010Indiana Southeast GrenadiersIN3-30-3
1111Campbellsville TigersKY0-00-0
1212Oklahoma City StarsOK2-20-0
1313Benedicine Mesa RedhawksAZ7-42-3
1514Vanguard LionsCA7-13-1
515Freed-Hardeman LionsTN2-50-3
1616Central Methodist EaglesMO4-00-0
1717Keiser SeahawksFL12-21-2
NR18Lewis-Clark State WarriorsID7-13-0
1919Indiana Tech WarriorsIN0-00-0
2020Georgetown TigersKY0-00-0
2121Wayland Baptist PioneersTX6-20-0
2222Reinhardt EaglesGA4-33-0
2323Central Baptist MustangsAK2-20-0
2424Concordia CardinalsMI0-00-0
2525Lyon ScotsAR0-00-0

Dropped Out: Arizona Christian


At the NCAA D-II level, only half the teams have been able to take to the diamond so far this spring. There haven’t been any big surprises and consequently there are no changes to the rankings. 

The biggest series to-date was played on the opening weekend when top-ranked Angelo State visited 17th-ranked Texas Tyler. The Rams had two lopsided wins over the Patriots, but were also edged 2-1 by UT Tyler when ASU left 14 runners on base in a defeat. Preseason Player of the Year favorite Josh Elvir has continued his string of impressive hitting as he had at least one hit in each of the contests, which also included a home run. 

RankPrevSchoolStateRecordLast Week
11Angelo State RamsTX2-10-0
22Central Missouri MulesMO3-10-0
33Colorado Mesa MavericksCO0-00-0
44Tampa SpartansFL0-00-0
55North Greenville CrusadersSC1-01-0
66Mount Olive TrojansNC1-01-0
77Catawba IndiansNC1-01-0
88Augustana VikingsSD0-00-0
99Columbus St. CougarsGA0-00-0
1010Minnesota State MavericksMN0-00-0
1111Georgia College BobcatsGA0-00-0
1212West Texas A&M BuffsTX5-12-0
1313North Georgia NighthawksGA5-13-0
1414Southern Arkansas MuleridersAR2-12-1
1515Delta State StatesmenMS1-20-0
1616Azusa Pacific CougarsCA0-00-0
1717Texas Tyler PatriotsTX4-23-0
1818Ashland EaglesOH0-00-0
1919Nova Southeastern SharksFL0-00-0
2020East Stroudsburg WarriorsPA0-00-0
2121Newberry WolvesSC0-10-1
2222UNC Pembroke BravesNC2-02-0
2323Wingate BulldogsNC0-00-0
2424Millersville MaraudersPA0-00-0
2525Davenport PantersMI0-00-0


No teams in the D-III Top 25 have played yet this season. 

RankPrevSchoolStateRecordLast Week
11Webster GorloksMO0-00-0
22Southern Maine HuskiesME0-00-0
33Randolph-Macon Yellow JacketsVA0-00-0
44UW-Whitewater WarhawksWI0-00-0
55Cal Lutheran KingsmenCA0-00-0
66North Central CardinalsIL0-00-0
77Concordia TornadosTX0-00-0
88Cortland State Red DragonsNY0-00-0
99Trinity TigersTX0-00-0
1010Adrian BulldogsMI0-00-0
1111Texas Lutheran BulldogsTX0-00-0
1211Chapman PanthersCA0-00-0
1313Johns Hopkins Blue JaysMD0-00-0
1414Shenandoah HornetsVA0-00-0
1515Salisbury SeagullsMD0-00-0
1616Washington BearsMO0-00-0
1717Kean CougarsNJ0-00-0
1818UMass-Boston BeaconsMA0-00-0
1919Rowan ProfsNJ0-00-0
2020Spalding EaglesKY0-00-0
2121Babson BeaversMA0-00-0
2222Heidelberg Student PrincesOH0-00-0
2321Concordia University Chicago CougarsIL0-00-0
2424Tufts JumbosMA0-00-0
2525Christopher Newport CaptainsVA0-00-0