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Dutch No. 14 in national softball poll

Softball | April 23, 2014

PELLA—The Central College softball team slid two spots, but remains a top-15 team at No. 14 in this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III rankings after splitting Saturday’s Iowa Conference doubleheader with Simpson College.

The Dutch (28-8 overall, 8-4 conference) topped the Storm 11-3 in the six-inning opener, but suffered a 2-1 loss in the nightcap. Tuesday’s top-25 doubleheader split between Central and No. 9 Coe College did not factor into the rankings.

First baseman Kaitlyn Matzen (junior, Manly, Central Springs HS) was named league position player of the week after hitting .714 (5-for-7) and slugging 1.000 in the twin bill. She finished with two doubles, two runs batted in and one run scored without recording a single defensive error.

The Dutch complete the regular season with a doubleheader at the University of Dubuque (21-11 overall, 8-4 conference) Saturday at 2 p.m.

For the first time this season, neither defending national champion Tufts (Mass.) (26-3) nor Salisbury (Md.) (33-3) sits atop the rankings. Texas-Tyler (35-2) is the top-ranked team, followed by Tufts, Trine (Ind.) (30-1), Montclair State (N.J.) (30-2) and Linfield (Ore.) (34-7). Salisbury tumbled five spots to No. 6, while Christopher Newport (Va.) (35-6) and East Texas Baptist (32-5) are tied for No. 7. Coe (30-5) and Luther (23-6) rounded out the top 10.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 23, 2014
Rank  Team                         Record  Points  Previous
1         Texas-Tyler (6)          35-2       196      3
2         Tufts (1)                      26-3       188      4
3         Trine (1)                     30-1       187      5
4         Montclair State          30-2       170      2
5         Linfield                       34-7       164      6
6         Salisbury                    33-3       154      1
7         Christopher Newport 35-6     150      13
            East Texas Baptist    32-5      150      7
9         Coe                              30-5       133      9
10       Luther                          23-6       129      8
11       Virginia Wesleyan     31-5       123      11
12       Illinois Wesleyan       28-5       104      17
13       Piedmont                    41-6       101      10
14       Central (Iowa)            27-7       96        12
15       Lebanon Valley          24-3       94        14
16       St. Thomas (Minn.)    27-5       71        20
17       Emory                          36-7       70        15
            North Central (Ill.)      27-5       70        16
19       Redlands                   27-11     51        18
20       Augustana (Ill.)          27-9       39        19
21       Chicago                      19-5       37        21
            William Paterson       24-6       37      
23       Fontbonne                  27-5       27        22
24       Kean                            25-9       19        23
25       Williams                     18-6       17       

Others receiving votes:
Rowan 12, Wellesley 8, Alfred 1, Anderson 1, Wis.-Oshkosh 1.

Dropped out:
Stevens Tech, Western Connecticut State, Wheaton (Mass.), Wis.-La Crosse.


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