LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On the eve of the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., which will feature 14 of the NFCA Top 25 teams, Montclair State retains the No. 1 ranking in the NFCA Top 25 Poll for the second week in a row.

Both Montclair State and No. 2-ranked Luther have yet to begin play this season but hold steady at the top two spots this week.

UT-Tyler (8-0) and Emory (17-0) continued their winning ways to move up to the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the poll, while Tufts (0-0) rounded out the top five. For the second week in a row, Emory made the largest leap upward in the poll.

Eastern Connecticut, Christopher Newport (7-1), Illinois Wesleyan, Linfield (2-2) and Central were voted to poll spots six through 10 respectively.

No. 11 Trine opened play this past week, jumping out to a 2-0 start to move up three spots in the poll. Plattsburgh State, Redlands (11-3), Moravian (2-0) and 2012 NCAA Division III champion Pacific Lutheran (5-3) came in at No. 12 through No. 15, respectively.

Roanoke (6-2) split at 2-2 this past week to drop to No. 16 in the poll, while Ohio Northern came in at No. 17. Carthage (4-0) and Salisbury (6-0) tied in voting points to both claim No. 18 in the poll, and Rowan rounded out the top 20 with a 3-1 record at No. 20.

The final five spots in the Top 25 poll were claimed by St. Thomas (2-0), Ithaca, Cortland State and Louisiana College (6-1) with East Texas Baptist University (8-0) and Washington University St. Louis (8-0) dead-locking for the 25th and final spot. This marks the second week in a row there were two ties.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll is voted on by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. 2013 records are shown. To view the full poll, please click here.

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