Jaguars Ranked No. 20

Jaguars Ranked No. 20

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State's softball squad had moved up to a No. 20 ranking, according to a National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll released Wednesday.

The Jaguars, who set a new school-record win streak at 16 games, currently sit atop the Peach Belt Conference with a 8-2 record heading into the nightcap against Francis Marion after a 7-1 victory in game one.

ASU has played tough against teams that have appeared in the poll all season long, including current No. 6 Barry and No. 11 Rollins. They were slated to take on currently-ranked No. 4 Indianapolis earlier this year, but inclement weather forced the game to be canceled.

Emily Headrick and Heather Hughes both boast earned run averages below 2.00, combining for 14 complete games to help keep opponents averaging a hair over two runs a game.

Meanwhile, the offense has put plenty of runs on the board, scoring 181 in 33 contests (5.48 runs a game). Kacee Camp has ranked in the top ten of the Peach Belt in hits, doubles, triples, runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage all season long.

Jessica Thornton is a perfect 22-of-22 on the basepaths to rank second in the conference, while hitting .400 (tied for sixth in the PBC) with 32 RBI (tied for second) heading into Wednesday's action against the Patriots. She also has blasted a team-high 32 RBI.

Molly Walton's 15 stolen bases also put her fourth in the conference, along with a .320 batting average on the year.

Two other Peach Belt teams appear in the poll; North Georgia slipped to No. 3, while Armstrong Atlantic checks in at No. 16.

Rank Team Record Points

1 Angelo State (11) 25-3 389

2 Valdosta State (2) 19-2 374

3 North Georgia (1) 28-6 351

4 Indianapolis (1) 22-1 346

5 Winona State 19-2 316

T6 Cal State Chico (1) 20-5 306

T6 Barry 25-5 306

8 Kutztown 20-1 285

9 Missouri Western State 25-4 270

10 Alabama-Huntsville 20-7 260

11 Rollins 23-4 198

12 Central Oklahoma 23-3 180

13 Minnesota State-Mankato 18-5 169

14 UC San Diego 24-8 159

15 Cal State Dominguez Hills 27-6 156

16 Armstrong Atlantic State 27-8 152

17 Tampa 25-3 132

18 Grand Valley State 17-3 126

19 Cal State Monterey Bay 22-6 120

20 Augusta State 25-7 109

21 Southern Conecticut State 13-1 106

22 Augustana (South Dakota) 20-3 101

23 West Texas A&M 19-8 91

24 Bloomsburg 13-5 82

25 California (Pennsylvania) 15-3 30

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