LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After spending a majority of the 2013 season at the top of the NFCA Division III Top 25 poll, Montclair State (33-1) stumbled this week, losing a game to Kean University and allowing voters the chance to grant a share of the No. 1 ranking to UT Tyler (38-2) in this week’s Top 25.
UT Tyler earned three of the eight first place votes, tying Montclair State with 195 total points to split the No. 1 overall ranking, by taking four games against Ozarks this week (4-0, 15-0, 22-1, 4-0).
Rising one spot to No. 3 is Salisbury (32-2) who defeated Frostburg State in two games this week, 9-0 and 16-0.
No. 4 Trine also rose one position in the latest poll after winning four games of their own against Hope (7-0, 6-0) and Calvin (6-4, 13-4) to improve to 29-3 on the season.
Emory (39-3) dropped two slots to round out the top five after splitting with LaGrange (2-4 and 10-2).
Opening at No. 6 this week is Linfield (36-6), followed by Tufts (28-3) at No. 7. The No. 8 spot goes to Redlands (32-8) with Rowan (32-4) and Coe (28-4) taking the No. 9 and No. 10 rankings, respectively.
St. Thomas (23-5) climbed four positions this week to land at No. 11, while East Texas Baptist University rose two spots to sit 12th. Dropping three slots and landing at No. 13 is UW Whitewater (22-3), while No. 14 and No. 15 were nabbed by Central (26-7), who skyrocketed five notches this week, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (29-11) who rose two spots.
Climbing five positions to come in at No. 16 is Christopher Newport (32-11). Virginia Wesleyan (34-6) echoed the CNU improvement by moving from No. 22 to No. 17 in this week’s poll. Illinois Wesleyan (26-7), who went from receiving votes and being unranked last week, claimed the No. 18 position. Lynchburg (30-9) fell three spots this week to land at No. 19. Previously ranked at No. 24, Texas Lutheran moved up four spots to round out the top 20.
Carthage (21-7) advanced four slots this week to take the No. 21 ranking, while previously unranked Randolph Macon (33-7) entered the Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 22. UW Eau Claire (18-3) received votes last week and improved upon their standing, moving into the poll at No. 23, followed by previously No. 9-ranked Luther (23-7) at No. 24 and former No. 18 North Central College (27-3) at No. 25.
The team experiencing the largest drop in this week’s poll was Roanoke (29-10) which plummeted from No. 12 all the way out of the latest rankings. Previous-No. 23 Chapman and No. 20 The College of New Jersey also dropped out of this week’s rating.
Other teams receiving votes are Lebanon Valley (16), Simpson (13), Roanoke (10), Capital (6), Wesleyan (4), Eastern Connecticut (3), John Carroll (2), Utica (2) and Penn State Berks (1).
The NFCA Top 25 poll is voted on by a committee of eight NCAA Division III softball coaches representing the eight NCAA softball regions. Voting results reflect the previous week’s performances ending with the Sunday of the respective week’s poll.
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