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Yet to play a game, Dutch climb softball poll once again

Softball | March 5, 2014

PELLA—The Central College softball team moved into a tie for No. 4 in this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III rankings with its season opener still more than one week away.

It once again improves on Central’s highest preseason ranking (No. 6) in more than 10 years. The Dutch were No. 7 in the final 2013 poll after finishing in a tie for seventh at the NCAA Division III national finals in Oshkosh, Wis. Central made its 25th NCAA playoff appearance last year,  capturing the eight-team NCAA Pella Regional title and advancing to its 13th national finals. The Dutch were 32-10 overall, including 12-2 in the Iowa Conference, en route to a share of their 11th league crown.

Defending champion Tufts (Mass.) remained the unanimous top pick, followed by Montclair State (N.J.) and Salisbury (Md.). Cortland State (N.Y.), which was previously alone at No. 4, is tied with the Dutch for the spot. The only team in the top five that has opened its season is Salisbury, which is 4-0. All were also national finalists last year, along with league foe Luther, which is ranked three spots behind Central at No. 7.

East Texas Baptist (No. 6), Virginia Wesleyan (No. 8), Emory (Ga.) and Texas-Tyler (tied for No. 9) filled out the top 10. Another traditional conference contender, Coe, jumped 10 spots and is ranked No. 11.

Central opens the season at the Tucson Invitational Games March 14-22 in Tucson, Ariz.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – 2014 Week 2
Rank   Team                             Record   Points    Previous
1           Tufts (8)                         0-0           200         1
2           Montclair State             0-0           190         2
3           Salisbury                       4-0           185         3
4           Central (Iowa)              0-0           168         5
            Cortland State               0-0           168         4
6           East Texas Baptist      10-0         164         8
7           Luther                            4-0           147         7
8           Virginia Wesleyan       10-0         138         9
9           Emory                            16-0         130         12
            Texas-Tyler                   11-1         130         6
11        Coe                                2-0           107         21
12        St. Thomas (Minn.)      3-1           101         11
13        Linfield                          6-0           98           14
14        Augustana (Ill.)             3-1           95           13
            Piedmont                      10-2         95           15
16        Trine                               1-1           94           10
17        Lebanon Valley           0-0           85           16
18        Washington (Mo.)        3-0           78           17
19        Carthage                       0-0           52           19
20        Babson                          0-0           47           20
21        Christopher Newport  5-3           29           22
22        North Central (Ill.)        0-0           25           24
23        Redlands                       6-6           23           23
24        Kean                              4-0           18          
25        Ithaca                             0-0           12           25

Others receiving votes:
Cal Lutheran 7, Randolph-Macon 5, Capital 4, Anderson 3, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1, Washington (Md.) 1.

Dropped out:
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps


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