SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana closed out the 2012 season No. 5 in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 poll, the Association released Wednesday. Augustana’s 5-4 loss to the eventual national champion Valdosta State in the NCAA Championship elimination game ended the Vikings’ season with an overall record of 53-12. The No. 5 ranking is highest held by the Vikings this season. VSU (58-5) earned all 16 first-place votes to take the No. 1 spot. National semi-finalist Central Oklahoma (46-8) finished the voting in second, while national runner-up UC San Diego (45-23) and the other national semi-finalist Kutztown (52-7) ended the season tied for third. The 53 wins by Augustana this season is the most since 2000 when the Vikings finished 58-12. It’s also the most wins under head coach Gretta Melsted.
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