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April 11, 2013

Vikings ranked 25th in NCAA Division III poll

Head coach Kris Kistler is all smiles as her Viking squad is ranked 25th in the most recent NCAA Division III Softball poll. Augustana will next face off against North Park on April 13 starting at 1:00 p.m.

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The Augustana Vikings softball team is ranked 25th in the latest NCAA Division III softball poll.  It is the first appearance in the top 25 for head coach Kris Kistler's squad this year.

Augustana won three of four College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin road games this past weekend to propel the Vikings into the national spotlight.  An impressive two-game sweep against Illinois Wesleyan, previously ranked third, on April 6 in Bloomington, Illinois by scores of 5-3 and 6-5 was followed with a split against Millikin the next day.  The Vikings lost 3-2 to the Big Blue in game one before bouncing back with a 6-1 victory.   

Augustana is currently 18-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play.  The Vikings are next scheduled to play at home against North Park in a conference doubleheader on April 13 starting at 1:00 p.m.  

2013 NCAA DIVISION III SOFTBALL POLL

As of 04/10/13 and compiled by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS PREVIOUS
1. Montclair State (8) 20-0 200 1
2. Emory 37-1 192 2
3. Texas-Tyler 28-2 184 4
4. Salisbury 21-3 163 7
  Trine 21-3 163 5
6. Tufts 22-2 157 6
7. Linfield 28-5 140 8
  Redlands 27-7 140 10
9. Luther 14-4 132 9
10. Wisconsin-Whitewater 17-1 131 14
11. Rowan 23-3 110 17
12. Roanoke 22-5 103 16
13. Lynchburg 22-5 102 18
14. East Texas Baptist 25-7 98 13
15. Coe 21-3 96 15
16. St. Thomas (Minnesota) 17-5 83 20
17. Central (Iowa) 20-5 64 21
18. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 22-10 61 19
19. Piedmont 29-5 57 11
20. Illinois Wesleyan 16-5 42 3
21. Chapman 22-8 36 22
22. Ferrum 30-8 28 ---
23. North Central (Illinois) 21-1 27 ---
24. College of New Jersey 19-5 24 23
25. AUGUSTANA 18-6 21 ---

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Lebanon Valley (16), Simpson (8), Texas Lutheran (7), UW-Eau Claire (7), Virginia Wesleyan (4), UW River Falls (2), Alma (1), Mt. Union (1).

DROPPED OUT: No. 12 Simpson, No. 24 Virginia Wesleyan, No. 25 UW River Falls