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March 15, 2011

2011 Season - Baseball close to cracking top 25 national poll

Thanks to a 6-1 start this season, Augustana has climbed to 26th in the NCAA Division III national baseball poll according to D3baseball.com.

A 6-1 start on the first spring trip to Florida has garnered the Augustana baseball program some national recognition. The Vikings of veteran head coach Greg Wallace are just outside the top 25 in the third NCAA Division III baseball poll of the 2011 season conducted by D3baseball.com.

Augustana picked up 45 points and is the first team not in the top 25, sitting in 26 th place. The Vikings are just three points behind number 25 Thomas More, which had 48 points. Heidelberg is the number one team in the nation right now with an 8-0 record.

Augustana will play four games this weekend in Fort Myers, Florida as part of a second spring trip. The Vikings will face Wisconsin-Lutheran in a double header on Friday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. They will also play Otterbein at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 and Carroll at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL BASEBALL POLL *** Compiled by D3baseball.com as of 03/14/11

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

PTS

PREVIOUS

1

Heidelberg

8-0

620

1

2

Shenandoah

13-0

566

3

3

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

0-0

544

4

4

Kean

10-1

532

2

5

Texas-Tyler

18-0

495

7

6

Wisconsin-Whitewater

2-0

492

6

7

Johns Hopkins

3-0

456

7

8

Marietta

10-1

439

8

9

Christopher Newport

19-1

396

14

10

Linfield

11-4

385

9

11

Illinois Wesleyan

2-0

367

11

12

Trinity (Texas)

18-3

318

10

13

Chapman

12-4

297

20

14

St. Scholastica

4-1

290

13

15.

St. Thomas

0-1

242

17

16.

Wooster

1-0

226

19

17

Tufts

0-0

209

16

18

Wheaton (Mass.)

1-0

205

21

19

Pomona-Pitzer

14-6

158

12

20

SUNY-Cortland

3-4

129

18

21

Salisbury

9-4

120

25

22

George Fox

11-5

93

22

23

Mary Washington

12-3

70

24

24

Millsaps

12-6

56

NR

25

Thomas More

5-0

48

NR

DROPPED OUT: No 23 Keystone, No 15 Mass-Boston  

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: AUGUSTANA 45, Keystone 42, North Central 34, Wesley 31, Mass-Boston 30, Buena Vista 26, Eastern Connecticut 20, Ithaca 20, Wisconsin-Oshkosh 18, Webster 16, Richard Stockton 14, Redlands 11, Huntington 9, Montclair State 8, Hardin-Simmons 8, New Jersey 7, North Park 6, St. Olaf 6, Concordia 4, Alvernia 4, Dickinson 4, Carthage 3, Pacific 2, Neumann 2, Simpson 2.