LEXINGTON, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its Division III preseason Top 25 poll on Wednesday and Salisbury University will begin the year as the No. 3 team in the nation.
The Sea Gulls received 185 points in the poll, just one behind No. 2 Montclair State University and 15 points shy of the defending national champion and unanimous No. 1, Tufts University, which received all eight first-place votes.
The top five is rounded out by State University of New York at Cortland (164 points) and the University of Texas at Tyler (162 points).
Salisbury finished the 2013 season with a 42-4 record, as one of the final three teams playing in the NCAA Division III World Series.
The Sea Gulls open the 2014 schedule at the William Peace Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., against Neumann University, on Feb. 22.
To see the entire preseason poll, click here.