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
|1||Virginia Wesleyan (8)||55-3||200|
|7||St. Thomas (Minn.)||39-8||152|
|8||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||38-11-1||144|
|9||Case Western Reserve||38-12||136|
|18||College of New Jersey||31-10||51|
|21||East Texas Baptist||33-13||44|
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.