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April 12, 2011

2011 Season - Vikings now 15th in D3baseball.com poll

Sophomore Jeremy Juhl is the leding hitter for the 15th ranked Vikings with a .448 average.

After splitting a pair of games with Illinois Wesleyan, a two to one series win against Elmhurst, and a shutout victory against Monmouth, the Augustana Vikings have moved their record to 17-4 overall. The Vikings stay in the top 15 in the NCAA Division III national poll, conducted by D3baseball.com. They dropped one spot from 14 th to 15 th.

Augustana tallied 250 points in the poll, which has Shenandoah (27-2) in the top spot with 622 points and 22 first place votes. Two other teams from the CCIW are also in the top 25 with Carthage (14-4) sitting one spot ahead of the Vikings in 15 th with 264 points and Illinois Wesleyan (13-6) in 23 rd with 87 points.

The Vikings split a pair of games with Illinois Wesleyan losing the first game by a score of 18-13 and wining the second game 9-6. The Vikings took the momentum from the second game win into the next series against Elmhurst. Augustana won the first two games of the series by scores of 3-2 and 8-5 before losing at Elmhurst by a score of 16-15. The Vikings righted the ship with a shutout victory over Monmouth by a score of 3-0. Augustana will travel to Illinois Wesleyan on Wednesday, April 13 for a single game scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. The Vikings will then host Carthage for a three game series on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. The Saturday date will be a double header and the Sunday date will be a single nine inning contest.

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL BASEBALL POLL *** Compiled by D3baseball.com as of 04/10/11

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

PTS

PREVIOUS

1

Shenandoah(17)

27-2

622

1

2

Marietta (3)

21-2

589

3

3

Kean

22-4

549

4

4

Christopher Newport

31-4

546

2

5

Heidelberg

22-4

522

6

6

Texas-Tyler

29-3

506

5

7

Chapman

22-5

464

8

8

Linfield

21-6

456

9

9

Eastern Connecticut

18-3

430

12

10

Wisconsin-Whitewater

13-4

364

7

11

St. Scholastica

14-4

292

11

12

SUNY-Cortland

18-5

287

20

13

Trinity (Texas)

29-8

284

18

14

Carthage

14-4

264

16

15

AUGUSTANA

16-4

250

14

16

St. Olaf

17-4

236

15

17

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

11-6

211

10

18

Thomas More

18-3

156

23

19

Alvernia

20-3

135

NR

20

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

14-4

117

17

21

Redlands

22-8

116

NR

22

Pomona-Pitzer

23-9

113

13

23

Illinois Wesleyan

13-6

87

21

24

Hardin-Simmons

25-8

86

25

25

Tufts

12-4-1

68

NR

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 George Fox; No. 24 Johns Hopkins; No. 19 College of New Jersey

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Concordia (Ill.) 67; Wheaton (Mass.) 67; Adrian 56; George Fox 49; Haverford 39; Rowan 29; North Park 20; Western New England 15; College of New Jersey 13; Maryville 7; Anderson 6; Emory 3; SUNY-Brockport 2; Louisiana College 1.