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March 15, 2013

Baseball cracks top 25 in NCAA poll

Ben Heaton (20) and Jim Sandberg (right) are two seniors who have played pivotal roles in Augustana's 7-1 start this year. The Vikings are currently ranked 25th in NCAA Division III.

A 7-1 start to the 2013 season has moved Coach Greg Wallace's Augustana baseball team into the D3baseball.com Top 25. After receiving votes in weeks one and two, the Vikings debut this week at number 25. Cortland State, also 7-1, sits atop this week's poll, receiving 10 of 25 first-place votes.

Augustana won seven of eight games during its first spring trip to Florida and returns to the Sunshine State this week for four games beginning with a doubleheader against Greenville on Friday, March 15. The Vikings will take on Webster, who is receiving votes in the poll, on Saturday, March 16 and Anderson on St. Patrick's Day before returning to the Midwest.  

Augustana's pitching staff has compiled a 2.31 ERA and held opponents to a .207 batting average through its first eight games. Senior right-hander Jared McIntosh (Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa) has led the way, winning both of his starts and posting a 1.20 ERA. Junior outfielder Jacob Van Duyne (Wilmington HS, Wilmington, Ill.) has paced the offense thus far, with a team-best .472 batting average. He also leads the Vikings in hits (17), runs (12), doubles (four) and stolen bases (perfect in six tries).  

D3BASEBALL TOP 25 - WEEK 3

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.    # School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 Cortland State (10) 7-1 602 4   14 Ramapo 2-0 269 17
2 Marietta (5) 3-1 566 3   15 Western New England 2-1 242 14
3 Wheaton (Mass.) (5) 3-1 564 1   16 UW-La Crosse 1-1 233 16
4 Christopher Newport (4) 16-4-1 512 5   17 Birmingham-Southern 11-6 219 10
5 St. Thomas (1) 5-3 501 2   18 Bridgewater (Va.) 9-1 184 23
6 Salisbury 8-2 473 7   19 Trinity (Conn.) 0-0 171 18
7 Trinity (Texas) 15-4 439 6   20 Texas-Tyler 14-4 160 24
8 Kean 7-2 425 9   21 Manchester 8-0 119 rv
9 St. Joseph's (Maine) 4-0 417 12   22 Washington and Jefferson 3-0 99 25
10 UW-Whitewater 1-1 349 11   23 UW-Stevens Point 2-0 78 rv
11 Linfield 12-3 319 15   24 Johns Hopkins 5-0 60 rv
12 Keystone 8-3 295 13   25 AUGUSTANA 7-1 55 rv
13 Shenandoah 9-2 274 19            

  Others receiving votes: Adrian 52, Aurora  52, St. Scholastica  38, Millsaps 38, Pomona-Pitzer 35, Mount Union 31, Ill. Wesleyan 27, Southern Me. 24, Baldwin Wallace 23, Webster 21, Whitworth  20, Misericordia 18, Elmhurst 17, Rowan 16, Wis.-Oshkosh 13, Ithaca 12, Wartburg 12, Neumann 12, St. Joseph's (Brkln) 5, Heidelberg 4, Concordia (Ill.) 4, Wittenberg 3, Brockport St. 3, Cal Lutheran 3, Montclair St. 3, Alvernia 3, DePauw 2, Eastern Conn. St. 2, Tufts 2, Thomas More 2, La Verne 1, Bridgewater St 1, Chicago 1.