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January 28, 2011

2011 Season - Baseball team draws votes in NCAA poll

Dave Hoffman is back to help lead the Vikings in 2011. He was an all-conference performer last year after hitting .424. Hoffman and the Vikings have drawn votes in the 2011 NCAA Division III baseball pre-season poll.

The 2011 baseball season is still a month away but already Greg Wallace’s Augustana team is drawing some national recognition. The Vikings were among the “others receiving votes” in the NCAA Division III preseason poll conducted by D3baseball.com, it was announced today. Augustana pulled in eight votes.

Last year the Vikings finished with a 25-15 record in Wallace’s 13 th season at the helm of his alma mater’s baseball fortunes. Wallace has compiled a record of 381-177 (.683) in 13 years. Augustana returns 23 letter winners from a year ago and eight position players who can be classified as starters and six pitchers. The Vikings open the 2011 season on February 24 against Brandeis in Auburndale, Florida.

2011 NCAA DIVISION III BASEBALL POLL

As of 01/28/11 by D3baseball.com

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

PTS

LAST RANK

1

Heidelberg (19)

42-8

608

4

2

Wisconsin-Stevens Point (3)

34-18

545

6

3

Kean

39-12

543

9

4

SUNY-Cortland (1)

40-10-1

493

2

5

Wisconsin-Whitewater (1)

42-7

462

8

6

Johns Hopkins

44-7

452

5

7

Shenandoah

38-10

420

7

8

Linfield

37-13

426

3

9

Illinois Wesleyan (1)

31-21

373

1

10

St. Thomas

35-9

361

10

11

Chapman

31-11

358

14

12

Marietta

36-13

351

13

13

Mass-Boston

32-17

274

12

14

Tufts

34-7

253

18

15

Mississippi College

39-11

242

15

16

St. Scholastica

38-8

236

19

17

Wooster

34-9

213

16

18

Pomona-Pitzer

31-11

200

17

19

Wheaton (Mass)

34-10

167

21

20

Trinity (Texas)

32-9

156

20

21

Keystone

30-9

141

NR

22

Texas-Tyler

36-12

140

22

23

Salisbury

30-13

139

23

24

Eastern Connecticut

31-15

69

NR

25

SUNY-Plattsburgh

30-10

44

NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Frostburg State 41; Rhodes 41; Pacific Lutheran 38; Buena Vista 38; Rowan 38; St. Joseph’s (Maine) 27; North Central 22; Wisconsin-Oshkosh 21; Carthage 21; St. John Fisher 19; Endicott 18; Penn State-Behrend 15; North Park 13; Ripon 12; Texas Lutheran 12; Methodist 12; Webster 12; Rose-Hulman 9; Worcester State 8; AUGUSTANA 8; Franklin 6; Western New England 6; Thomas More 6; Adrian 6; Christopher Newport 6; DePauw 4; Mary Hardin-Baylor 4; Mary Washington 2; Millsaps 2; Wartburg 2; Anna Maria 2; Moravian 1.