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Conference Diamond Teams Recognized in National Polls
April 3, 2002

The American Southwest Conference gained national notice in the baseball and softball coaches associations' first national NCAA Division III polls of the 2002 season.

Texas Lutheran baseball holds the No. 19 spot in the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Top 30 poll with Concordia-Austin among teams receiving votes.

East Texas Baptist, in its first year of NCAA-III softball eligibility, debuts at No. 19 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25.

American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Poll
March 26, 2002

  School Record Points Preseason
1 Methodist (N.C.) (1) 21-2-1 223 NR
2 Southwestern (Texas) (4) 25-2 220 20
3 St. Thomas (Minn.) (3) 4-2 215 2
4 Ohio Wesleyan 14-1 214 15
5 Montclair State (N.J.) 8-4 196 4
6 Marietta (Ohio) 10-2-1 191 1
7 Aurora (Ill.) 10-1 188 NR
8 Southern Maine 4-2 185 7
9 Salisbury (Md.) 14-3-3 170 5
  Univ. Dallas 23-1 170 NR
11 Eastern Connecticut St. 7-3-1 144 8
12 Rensselaer 7-4 141 24
13 Wooster 12-1 137 14
14 Johns Hopkins 12-3 133 21
15 Chapman 17-6 130 3
16 Carthage (Wis.) 10-2 128 NR
17 Wis.-Whitewater 3-1 119 9
18 Cal Lutheran 20-4 86 NR
18 Averett (Va.) 18-6 86 NR
20 Wis.-Oshkosh 4-0 75 NR
21 Ithaca (N.Y.) 7-4 69 NR
22 Allegheny 8-3 68 13
23 Rutgers-Camden 13-0 63 NR
24 Mary Washington (Va.) 15-3-1 56 NR
25 Pomona-Pitzer 20-4 52 NR
26 Wheaton (Mass.) 9-2 38 NR
27 Wis.-Stevens Point 6-1 35 23
28 Cortland State (N.Y.) 6-7 33 6
29 Texas Lutheran 23-2 31 NR
30 Millsaps College 17-4 22 NR

Also receiving votes (alphabetically): Anderson (Ind.), Concordia (Texas), DeSales (Pa.), Hope (Mich.), Kean (N.J.), Rose-Hulman (Ind.), Rowan (N.J.), St. Olaf (Minn.), Tufts (Mass.), Wartburg (Iowa), Washington (Mo.), William Paterson (N.J.).

(ABCA-Div. III next poll: April 8)

USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Div. III Top 25
April 3, 2002 (records through March 31)

  School Record Pts. Preseason
1 Muskingum (Ohio) (5) 12-2 195 1
2 Central Iowa (3) 19-1 191 3
3 Pacific Lutheran 15-0 177 6
4 Emory Univ. 25-2 169 23
  Wheaton (Mass.) 11-2 169 4
6 Roanoke (Va.) 21-3 145 10
7 La Verne (Calif.) 24-2-1 140 15
8 St. Mary's (Minn.) 7-3 136 2
9 Cortland State (N.Y.) 9-4 131 20
10 North Central (Ill.) 10-3-1 123 5
11 Augustana (Ill.) 12-3 114 NR
12 Ithaca (N.Y.) 12-6 108 9
13 Alma (Mich.) 11-6 100 7
14 Rowan (N.J.) 12-6 96 18
15 Capital (Ohio) 12-4 91 NR
16 William Paterson (N.J.) 9-5 87 8
17 Tufts (Mass.) 9-5 71 22
  Wartburg (Iowa) 13-3 71 12t
19 East Texas Baptist 22-5 55 NR
20 Salisbury (Md.) 17-6 44 11
21 Moravian (Pa.) 16-3 38 NR
22 St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 9-1-1 34 NR
23 Coe (Iowa) 15-3 29 NR
24 Albion (Mich.) 14-4 25 NR
25 Christopher Newport (Va.) 15-6 15 NR

(Next NFCA Div. III poll April 10)


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