Aurora Receiving Votes in NFCA Division III Preseason Poll

Aurora University is receiving votes in the NFCA Division III Preseason Top 25 released Wednesday.
Aurora University is receiving votes in the NFCA Division III Preseason Top 25 released Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Aurora University is receiving votes in the NCAA Division III Preseason Top 25 poll released Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

The Spartans were 29-17 overall last season and look to return to the top of the league table after finishing 2018 with a 16-6 mark in NACC play - one game back of co-champions Marian University and Benedictine University. Aurora also advanced to the final of the NACC's postseason tournament but fell to Benedictine.

Two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan University opens the season at No. 1 after going 55-3 a year ago. In addition to Aurora, three other Great Lakes Region squads received votes. Illinois Wesleyan - the 2018 national runner-up - is No. 2 followed by UW-Whitewater (tied for 13th) and UW-Oshkosh (20th).

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Final 2018 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – Feb. 6, 2019

Rank Team 2018 Record Points
1 Virginia Wesleyan (8) 55-3 200
2 Illinois Wesleyan 40-14-1 192
3 Ithaca 35-13 184
4 Linfield 39-9 176
5 Rowan 39-13-1 168
6 Christopher Newport 37-10 160
7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 39-8 152
8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 38-11-1 144
9 Case Western Reserve 38-12 136
10 Luther 43-11 128
11 Randolph-Macon 40-7 96
12 Williams 39-8 85
T13 Berry 39-6 79
T13 Texas Lutheran 39-3 79
T13 Wisconsin-Whitewater 29-13-1 79
16 George Fox 35-11 78
17 Saint Benedict 36-10 72
18 College of New Jersey 31-10 51
19 Coe 28-14 46
20 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 26-14 45
21 East Texas Baptist 33-13 44
22 Central (Iowa) 29-12 34
23 Moravian 36-8 29
24 Manhattanville 27-16 28
25 Geneseo 32-9 22

Others receiving votes: Tufts 20, St. John Fisher 18, Texas-Tyler 15, Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 9, Arcadia 5, Aurora 5, Cortland 5, Messiah 4, Salisbury 4, Lynchburg 3, Hope 2, Amherst 1, and Emory 1.