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      Truman State softball moves up to 16th in the coaches poll

      The Truman softball team moved up five spots to No. 16 in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association Div. II top-25 poll, marking the highest spot of the season for the Bulldog program. The Bulldogs, winners of 14 of their last 16 games to raise the team's overall record to 32-7, earned 140 total votes in this week's poll to fall between 15th-ranked UC-San Diego and Augustana (S.D.).

      Truman had spent the past two weeks at No. 21 after debuting in the poll at No. 25 on March 26. Truman is one of three Great Lakes Valley Conference schools represented in the top-25, as the Bulldogs are joined by No. 5 Missouri-St. Louis and No. 24 Indianapolis.

      Those three programs are the only Midwest region programs listed in the top-25, with both Bellarmine (Ky.) and Wayne (Mich.) State also receiving votes outside the national poll. West Texas A&M (40-4) remained the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the NFCA Division II softball rankings for the second consecutive week after receiving all 16 possible first-place votes from the Association's Top 25 Committee.

      The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. The Bulldogs will face a top-25 battle on Friday (April 18), as Truman travels to face No. 24 UIndy at 11 a.m. (CT) for a pair of games.

      Truman will close the trip through the Hoosier state with a twinbill at Saint Joseph's on Saturday (April 19) at 12 p.m.

      Courtesy Truman State University