LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Red Hawks of Montclair State (16-0) were awarded all eight first place votes to maintain their unanimous hold on the No. 1 ranking for the third straight week, while the top five schools remained unchanged, according to the April 3rd release of the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll.
Montclair State compiled four wins last week with 8-0 and 7-1 victories against Hunter College and a pair of shutout triumphs over Richard Stockton (1-0, 2-0).
Emory (37-1), Illinois Wesleyan (12-1), UT-Tyler (24-2) and Trine (16-2) maintained the No. 2 through No. 5 slots in this week’s poll.
No. 2 Emory continued their winning ways by going 3-0 on the week, taking 8-7 and 7-4 triumphs over Rhodes, as well as an 11-2 victory over Fontbonne.
The No. 3 Titans of Illinois Wesleyan turned in a four-win effort of their own, taking two games (3-2, 3-0) against Monmouth College and a pair from DePauw (2-1, 6-2). Fourth-rated UT-Tyler took down the 2012 national champion Pacific Lutheran in two contests (4-3, 7-1) and swept Mississippi College in a doubleheader, 15-0 and 10-2.
Rounding out the top five, Trine defeated DePauw twice (5-2, 8-0) and split with Case Western (9-3, 1-2).
Tufts (16-1) improved one spot this week to sixth, followed by Salisbury (20-2) at No. 7 after a two-position climb. Linfield (21-5), Luther (13-3) and Redlands (23-7) rounded out the top 10, with Luther (No. 9) dropping three slots and Redlands (No. 10) climbing four spots from last week.
Piedmont (25-3) held steady at No. 11, followed by a two-position increase for Simpson (21-3) to No. 12. East Texas Baptist University (20-6) and UW-Whitewater (12-0) tied this week to each claim 13th in the poll.
Coe (18-2) improved one spot to No. 15, while Roanoke (15-4), Rowan (17-3), Lynchburg (16-5), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (19-9) and St. Thomas (8-2) held down rankings 16-20.
The final five in this week’s Top 25 welcomed in a few newcomers as Central (16-5) jumped back into the rankings at No. 21, followed by Chapman (19-7) at No. 22. Coming in at No. 23 is the College of New Jersey (14-4), while Virginia Wesleyan (23-4) claimed the No. 24 ranking.
The final spot in the Top 25 poll resulted in the second tie of the week when La Verne (19-9) and UW River Falls (15-5) each earned 14 points in the voting process to claim the No. 25 ranking in the poll.
The NFCA Division III Top 25 poll is voted on by a committee of NFCA members representing each of the eight NCAA softball regions with voting taking place each Monday. The results of the Top 25 poll reflect the season performances up to Sunday night of the respective week’s poll.
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