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June 4, 2009

2009 Season - Baseball in NCAA top 20 for winning percentage

Fueled by six years with at least 30 victories, the Augustana baseball program finished the decade of the 2000’s in the top 20 in NCAA Division III in terms of winning percentage. The Vikings compiled an overall record of 302-133 in the 10 seasons between 2000 and 2009 for a winning percentage of .694. That puts veteran head coach Greg Wallace’s program in 19 th place among the 357 schools in the division that sponsor baseball.

St. Scholastica was the leader with a mark of .819 (365-80-2) while College of Wooster was second at .791 (372-98). George Fox finished just ahead of the Vikings at .699 (306-132) while Alvernia occupied the 20 th slot just behind Augustana with a percentage of .689 (293-132-1).

Augustana has not had a losing season in baseball since 1997, the year before Wallace took over as the head coach of his alma mater. During the 2000’s, the lowest single season victory total was 23 and that came this year in a 23-17 campaign. The decade started with a bang in 2000 when the Blue and Gold went 38-8 and that was followed with a 30-14 record in 2001. In the 10 year span that was used for the ranking, Augustana won 30 games in six of those seasons. The Vikings were 38-8 in 2000 and 30-14 in 2001 before having three straight years with win totals of 25 (2002), 28 (2003) and 25 (2004). They went 33-11 in 2005, 31-10 in 2006, 35-14 in 2007 and 34-13 in 2008 before ending the decade with 23 victories this year.

Winningest NCAA Division III Baseball Programs (2000-09)

RANK

TEAM

W

L

T

.PCT

1.

St. Scholastica

365

80

2

.819

2.

Wooster

372

98

0

.791

3.

SUNY-Cortland

362

102

1

.778

4.

Johns Hopkins

335

96

2

.776

5.

Salisbury State

338

103

7

.762

6.

Carthage

344

109

1

.759

7.

Chapman

350

114

1

.754

8.

St. Thomas

338

111

1

.752

9.

Eastern Connecticut

358

122

2

.745

10.

Marietta

358

124

3

.741

11.

Wisconsin-Whitewater

333

120

1

.735

12.

Wheaton (Mass.)

317

119

4

.725

13.

College of New Jersey

305

117

4

.721

14.

Emory

318

128

1

.713

15.

Rowan

301

126

1

.7044

16.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

289

121

1

.7043

17.

Wartburg

317

134

2

.702

18.

George Fox

306

132

0

.699

19.

AUGUSTANA

302

133

0

.694

20.

Alvernia

293

132

1

.689