LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the 2013 softball season getting underway for a few Division III teams across the country, Pacific Lutheran (2-2) dropped from No. 1 to No. 10 in the new NFCA Division III Top 25 poll, ceding the No. 1 ranking to Montclair State (0-0).

The Lutes started off their 2013 campaign by dropping 2-of-4 games to start the new season after winning the 2012 national championship.

The Redhawks gathered five of the eight possible first place votes to claim the top spot with UT-Tyler (4-0) taking the remaining three to come in ranked No. 4 in this week’s poll. UT-Tyler was previously ranked No. 9 in the pre-season poll.

Luther (0-0), Tufts (0-0) and Roanoke (4-0) filled the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 spots in the poll, respectively, with Roanoke jumping up one position from No. 6 in the preseason poll.

Christopher Newport (2-0), Illinois Wesleyan, Eastern Connecticut and Central College held down the No. 6 through No. 9 positions in the latest listing.

With Pacific Lutheran at No. 10, Plattsburgh State (No. 11), Linfield (2-2, No. 12), Emory (13-0, tied No. 13), Trine (0-0, tied No. 13) and Redlands (7-1, No. 15) filled slots 11-15. Previously ranked No. 23, Emory has seen the most action in the Top 25 poll, posting a perfect 13-0 record on the young season thus far to improve 10 spots.

Rowan (No. 16), Carthage (4-0, No. 17), Ohio Northern (No. 18), Moravian (No. 19) and St. Thomas (No. 20) were voted into spots 16-20 in the poll, while Ithaca (No. 21), Louisiana College (2-1, No. 22), Cortland State (No. 23) and Salisbury (2-0, No. 24) managed positions 21-24.

A tie between Amherst (0-0) and East Texas Baptist University (4-0) rounded out the Top 25 with both teams claiming the final slot.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 poll is voted by a committee of eight coaches representing the Atlantic, Central, East, Great Lakes, Midwest, New England, Northeast and West regions.

To view the complete NFCA Division III Top 25, please visit this link.

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