Off to an 8-0 start, Northeastern A&M’s baseball team is ranked ninth in this week’s NJCAA Division I rankings.

The Golden Norsemen - idle for 10 days since sweeping Johnson County, Kan. - host Northern Oklahoma-Enid Thursday in a 2 p.m. single nine-inning game.

NEO then hits the road, traveling to Raymond, Miss., for double-headers on Sunday and Monday with Hinds (Miss.) Community College.

Walters State Community College of Morristown, Tenn., jumped from eighth to No. 1 in this week’s poll.

Central Arizona, which had been the preseason top pick, dropped out of the rankings.

NEO’s Lady Norse were 10th in the preseason softball poll.

Off to a 6-2 start, they travel to Northern-Tonkawa for a Thursday twinbill.

The first regular-season Division I softball rankings won’t be released until March 14.