Softball

  • Four NCAA Div. III championships
  • 25 NCAA playoff berths
  • 13 national finals appearances since
  • 54 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes since 2010

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Championship history

2003 captains
Central's seniors accept the 2003 NCAA Division III championship trophy in Salem, Va.

Most NCAA Division III tournament wins
(entering 2014 season)

School Yrs. W L Pct. Titles
Coll. of New Jersey 20 97 31 .758 6
Central 25 88 49 .642 4
Eastern Conn. St. 19 84 39 .682 4
Ithaca (N.Y.) 25 69 54 .556 1
Salisbury (Md.) 18 64 42 .603 0
St. Thomas (Minn.) 21 55 39 .585 2
Muskingum (Ohio) 18 52 37 .584 1
Linfield (Ore.) 10 52 20 .722 2
Chapman (Calif.) 12 46 22 .676 1
Allegheny (Pa.) 15 45 34 .570 0

 

1988

A two-out, three-run double in the bottom of the seventh gave Central a 4-3 walk-off victory over Allegheny (Pa.) in the 1988 NCAA Division III title game in Elmhurst, Ill.

 

Central's NCAA Division III tournament results

1986

NCAA Div. III West Regional
Pella, Iowa

First place — Central 1, Luther 0; St. Thomas (Minn.) 1, Central 0; Central 4, St. Thomas (Minn.) 0; Central 4, St. Thomas (Minn.) 1

NCAA Div. III Finals
Storm Lake, Iowa

Second place — Central 6, Allegheny (Pa.) 2; Central 4, Kean (N.J.) 1; Central 2, Trenton St. (N.J.) 1; Eastern Conn. St. 2, Central 0; Eastern Conn. St. 1, Central 0

1987

NCAA Div. III West Regional
Pella, Iowa

First place — Central 1, Cal. St.-Stanislaus 0; Central 2, Luther 0; Central 7, Luther 2

NCAA Div. III Finals
Willimantic, Conn.
Fourth place — Central 2, Montclair St. (N.J.) 1; E. Conn. St. 8, Central 4; Wis.-Whitewater 3, Central 1

1988

NCAA Div. III West Regional
Decorah, Iowa

First place — Central 8, Luther 2; Central 4, St. Thomas (Minn.) 0; St. Thomas (Minn.) 2, Central 1; Central 3, St. Thomas (Minn.) 2

NCAA Div. III Finals
Elmhurst, Ill.

First place — Central 3, E. Connecticut St. 1; Allegheny (Pa.) 3, Central 1; Central 4, Montclair St. (N.J.) 3; Central 1, Allegheny (Pa.) 0; Central 3, Allegheny (Pa.) 2

1989

NCAA Div. III At-Large Regional
Indianola, Iowa

First place — Central 1, Millikin (Ill.) 0; Central 3, Simpson 1; Simpson 2, Central 1; Central 4, Simpson 1

NCAA Div. III Finals
Trenton, N.J.

Fourth place — Trenton St. (N.J.) 1, Central 0; Central 1, Allegheny (Pa.) 0; E. Connecticut St. 1, Central 0

1990

NCAA Div. III At-Large Regional
Indianola, Iowa

First place — Central 3, Simpson 1; Central 8, Aurora (Ill.) 2; Central 2, Aurora (Ill.) 1

NCAA Div. III Finals
Storm Lake, Iowa

Third place — Trenton St. (N.J.) 3, Central 1; Central 5, E. Connecticut St. 0; Central 2, Luther 0; Trenton St. (N.J.) 4, Central 2

1991

NCAA Div. III West Regional
Pella, Iowa

First place — Central 1, UC San Diego 0; Central 2, Simpson 1; Central 4, Simpson 0

NCAA Div. III Finals
Willimantic, Conn.

First place — Central 2, Eastern Conn. State 1; Central 2, Trenton State (N.J.) 1; Central 4, Eastern Conn. State 0

1992

NCAA Div. III Midwest Regional
Lisle, Ill.

Third place — Ill. Benedictine 2, Central 1 (nine inn.); Central 1, Hope (Mich.) 0; Hope (Mich.) 8, Central 3

1993

NCAA Div. III West Regional
Pella, Iowa

First place — Central 4, Wis.-River Falls 2; Central 6, St. Benedict (Minn.) 3; St. Benedict (Minn.) 4, Central
1; Central 8, St. Benedict (Minn.) 3

NCAA Div. III Finals
Decatur, Ill.

First place — Central 3, Illinois Benedictine 1; Central 6, Trenton State (N.J.) 0; Central 7, Trenton State
(N.J.) 3

1994

NCAA Div. III Regional
Indianola, Iowa

First place — Central 6, Illinois Wesleyan 0; Central 5, Wis.-River Falls 0; Central 5, Simpson 2

NCAA Div. III Finals
Salem, Va.

Third place — Central 4, Alma (Mich.) 3 (16 inn.); Central 2, Buena Vista 0; Trenton State (N.J.) 3, Central 2; Bridgewater State (N.J.) 1, Central 0

1995

NCAA Div. III Regional
Lisle, Ill.

First place — Central 3, Aurora (Ill.) 2; Central 3, Illinois Benedictine 0; Central 4, Illinois Benedictine 2

NCAA Div. III Finals
Storm Lake, Iowa

Third place — Central 2, Hope (Mich.) 1 (nine innings); Central 3, Trenton State (N.J.) 2; Chapman (Calif.) 2, Central 0; Trenton State (N.J.) 10, Central 2

1996

NCAA Div. III Regional
Indianola, Iowa

Second place — Central 3, Buena Vista 2; Simpson 2, Central 1 (9 inn.); Central 3, Buena Vista 1; Simpson 5, Central 0

1997

NCAA Div. III Regional
Eau Claire, Wis.

First place — Central 6, St. Thomas (Minn.) 1; Central 1, St. Mary’s (Minn.) 0; St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Central 2, (8 inn.); Central 2, St. Thomas (Minn.) 0

NCAA Div. III Finals
Eau Claire, Wis.

Tie, fifth place — Wheaton (Mass.) 2, Central 1 (11 inn.); Coll. of New Jersey 2, Central 1

1998

NCAA Div. III Midwest Regional
Indianola, Iowa

Second place — Central 3, St. Mary’s (Minn.) 2; Simpson 1, Central 0; Central 10, Chrisotpher Newport (Va.) 2; Simpson 1, Central 0 (10 inn.)

1999

NCAA Div. III Regional
Indianola, Iowa

Third place — St. Mary’s (Minn.) 4, Central 2; Central 4, Cortland State (N.Y.) 4-2; Central 5, Webster (Mo.) 2; St. Mary’s (Minn.) 3, Central 2

2000

NCAA Div. III Regional
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Third place — Central 2, Coe 1 (10 inn.); St. Mary’s (Minn.) 3, Central 0; Coe 12, Central 4

2001

NCAA Div. III Regional
Pella, Iowa

First place — Central 2, Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 1 (8 inn.); Central 1, La Verne (Calif.) 0; Central 4, Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 3 (9 inn.)

NCAA Div. III Finals
Eau Claire, Wis.

Second place — Central 1, Ithaca (N.Y.) 0; Central 3, Roanoke (Va.) 1; Muskingum (Ohio) 2, Central 0; Central 5, Wheaton (Mass.) 1; Muskingum (Ohio) 4, Central 1.

2002

NCAA Div. III Regional
Pella, Iowa

Third place–Central 1, Wartburg 0 (11 inn.); St. Thomas (Minn.) 1, Central 0; Coe 4, Central 1.

2003

NCAA Div. III Regional
Tacoma, Wash.

First place — Central 5, East Texas Baptist 1; Central 2, Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 1;
Central 2, Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 0

NCAA Div. III Finals
Salem, Va.

First place — Central 7, Western New England 0; Salisbury (Md.) 6, Central 0; Central 2, Wartburg 1; Central 3, Emory (Ga.) 2; Central 8, Illinois Wesleyan 3; Central 1, Salisbury (Md.) 0; Central 5, Salisbury (Md.) 3

2004

NCAA Div. III Regional
Pella, Iowa

Second place — Central 7, Clarke 1; Central 3, Washington (Mo.) 0; St. Thomas (Minn.) 4, Central 1; Central 4, Washington (Mo.) 2; St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Central 2

2006

NCAA Div. III Regional
Rock Island, Ill.

Fourth place — Central 9, Aurora (Ill.) 1; Wis.-Eau Claire 7, Central 1; Coe 2, Central 1

2009

NCAA Div. III Regional
Indianola, Iowa
Seventh place — Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 11, Central 4; Washington (Mo.) 5, Central 0

2010

NCAA Div. III Regional
Indianola, Iowa
Seventh place —Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) 8, Central 4; Chicago 8, Central 2

2011

NCAA Div. III Regional
Pella, Iowa
Second place — Central 12, Benedictine (Ill.) 7; Coe 2, Central 1 (9 inn.); Central 3, Anderson (Ind.); Central 5, Wis.-Whitewater 2 (8 inn.); Central 7, Coe 3; Linfield (Ore.) 12, Central 0 (5 inn.)

2012

NCAA Div. III Regional
Pella, Iowa
Fourth place — Wis.-River Falls 6, Central 0; Central 10, St. Scholastica (Minn.) 2; Coe 2, Central 0

2013

NCAA Div. III Regoinal
Pella, Iowa
First place — Central 1, Cornell 0; Central 3, Fontbonne (Mo.) 1; Central 9, St. Thomas (Minn.) 1 (5 inn.); Central 2, St. Thomas (Minn.) 1

NCAA Div. III Finals
Eau Claire, Wis.
Seventh Place (tie) —Montclair State (N.J.) 4, Central 1; Texas-Tyler 5, Central 4 (8 inn.)

2014

NCAA Div. III Regoinal
Pella, Iowa
Fourth Place — North Central (Ill.) 5, Central 0; Luther 7, Central 3




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