Softball cracks NFCA Division III Top 25

Softball cracks NFCA Division III Top 25

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson softball team broke into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top 25 Poll on Wednesday, debuting at No. 25 after receiving votes in the first two polls of the season.

The Storm (6-0) received four votes in the preseason poll and seven in the first poll of the regular season before breaking through on Wednesday. Simpson received 16 points in the poll.

Complete NFCA Coaches Poll

Simpson swept the competition at the season-opening Finlandia Dome Tournament on Feb. 28-March 1, outscoring opponents 50-6 in the process. Junior transfer Riley Fisher earned IIAC Pitcher of the Week honors after going 3-0 with 1.65 ERA.

The last time the Storm were ranked in the NFCA Top 25 was in 2013, when Simpson came in at No. 24 on May 1.

Simpson makes its annual trip to the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, Fla. beginning Friday, March 6. There, the Storm will play 14 games over a seven-day span and will likely watch head coach Henry Christowski earn win No. 600. He goes into the week with a career mark of 599-200-2 in 20 seasons at the helm.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – March 4, 2015
1. Tufts  2. Salisbury  3. East Texas Baptist  4. Wis.-Whitewater  5. Christopher Newport  6. Trine  7. Texas-Tyler  8. Illinois Wesleyan  9. Rochester  10. Virginia Wesleyan  11. Central (Iowa)  12. St. Thomas (Minn.)  13. Kean  14. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  15. Montclair State  16. Emory  17. Linfield  18. Luther  19. North Central (Ill.)  20. Augustana (Ill.)  21. William Paterson  22. Rowan  t-23. Piedmont  t-23. DePauw  25. Simpson