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March 10, 2010

2010 Season - Trip success keys move into top 25

Thanks to a perfect 7-0 trip to Winter Haven, Florida on the recent spring break trip, the Augustana Vikings have moved into the top 25 in the most recent NCAA Division III baseball poll. According to D3baseball.com, veteran head coach Greg Wallace’s team has moved into 24 th in the most recent ranking, which was announced today.

Augustana was not ranked in the pre-season but an impressive trek to Florida provided the impetus for the Vikings to jump into the top 25. Included in the seven victories were three noteworthy wins. The Vikings knocked off Farmingdale State on February 27 by a score of 3-2 in the third game of the trip. Farmingdale was a participant in the 2009 NCAA Division III College World Series. Augustana also beat Beloit, the 2009 Midwest Conference champion, 6-5 in 10 innings on March 2 and closed out the week with a 12-9 win over a Rose-Hulman team that is currently ranked 16 th in the nation.

The Vikings will head back to Florida next week for a four game swing in Winter Haven. Augustana will play St. Norbert on March 18, Ripon on March 19, Fontbonne on March 20 and Wisconsin-Stout on March 21. The first game back in the Midwest will be on Wednesday, March 24 at home against Monmouth at 5:00 p.m.

Augustana opened the trip with a double header sweep of Grove City by scores of 6-5 and 7-2 on February 25. Two days later came the win over Farmingdale State on February 27. The Vikings defeated Widener 7-2 on March 1 and a day later went into extra innings to beat Beloit. On March 3 the bats exploded in a 21-4 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering. In the win over Rose-Hulman the Blue & Gold collected 16 hits.

Offense certainly has not been a problem for Wallace’s crew in the first seven games of the season. The Vikings are batting .353 with 85 hits in 241 at-bats and have scored 62 runs for an average of 8.9 runs per game. Senior Jarl Dahlgren (Rockford Auburn HS, Rockford, Ill.) is the leading individual hitter with a .750 average on six hits in eight at-bats. Junior Dave Hoffman (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) is batting .464 with 13 hits in 20 at-bats. In all, a total of five players with at least two at-bats per game are averaging over .400.

The pitching staff has done its part as well with a 2.48 earned run average with 16 earned runs in 58 innings of work. Sophomore Josiah Martin (Canton HS, Canton, Ill.) and senior Mike Pagano (Niles Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.) are both 2-0. Sophomore Joe Ufheil (Niles Notre Dame HS, Chicago, Ill.) has given his team a huge lift in relief. He has appeared in four games and has a 0.00 earned run average in 5 2/3 innings of work. Ufheil has three saves and a victory in the first seven games and was named as the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin “Pitcher of the Week” for his effort.

2010 NCAA DIVISION III BASEBALL POLL

As of 03/07/10 by D3baseball.com

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

PTS

1

St. Thomas

2-0

621

2

Wooster

2-0

599

3

Eastern Connecticut

2-0

546

4

Kean

4-1

521

5

Heidelberg

5-0

487

6

Trinity

0-0

480

7

Salisbury

8-1

468

8

Chapman

11-3

444

9

Rochester Polytechnic Institute

3-0

358

10

Carthage

2-2

341

11

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

0-0

321

12

Pomona-Pitzer

10-4

311

13

Southern Maine

2-0

271

14

Pacific Lutheran

11-2

253

15

Marietta

2-2

218

16

Rose-Hulman

5-1

187

17

Keystone

3-1

183

18

Adrian

2-2

181

19

Cortland State

5-2

149

20

Wheaton (Mass.)

0-0

144

21

Mississippi College

12-1

143

22

Birmingham Southern

12-1

109

23

Shenandoah

8-3

102

24

AUGUSTANA

7-0

99

25

St. Scholastica

2-2

85

  DROPPED OUT: No. 23 Linfield and No. 24 St. Olaf

  OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: UW-Whitewater 69; St. Olaf 60; Millsaps 55; Rhodes 52; Johns Hopkins 47; Linfield 38; Penn State-Behrend 29; Trinity (Texas) 24; Otterbein 21; UW-Oshkosh 18; St. Joseph’s (Maine) 17; Texas Lutheran 16; Curry 15; Washington and Jefferson 12; Huntingdon 10; Ithaca 9; Texas-Tyler 6; Methodist 3; Wheaton 3.