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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Christopher Newport heads into the NCAA tournament as the top team in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll, and the No. 1 squad in the nation for an eighth-straight week.

The (37-1) Captains defeated Salisbury (36-6) in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference championship series and will host Hunter on Friday in their NCAA Regional opener at Captains Park.

Meanwhile, the two losses to Christopher Newport knocked the Sea Gulls down two places to fourth. Salisbury has lost only four times in its last 27 games — all four to the top-ranked Captains.

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titlist Texas Lutheran (38-4) and Little East champion Eastern Connecticut State (37-4) both leapfrogged Salisbury to second and third, respectively. Eastern Connecticut outscored its conference tournament opponents over the weekend 21-0.

First-time American Southwest Conference champion Belhaven (38-6) stayed put at No. 5, while Northwest Conference winner Linfield (36-7) and ASC runner-up East Texas Baptist (32-10) moved ahead of DePauw (34-9), which lost twice in the North Coast Athletic Conference tourney.

Old Dominion Athletic Conference titlist Virginia Wesleyan (33-11) and Southern Athletic Association winner Berry (29-11) round out the top 10.

No. 24 Ohio Northern (24-9) is the poll newcomer, fresh off its second-straight Ohio Athletic Conference tournament title, while Wartburg (27-12) is back in consideration at a tie for 25th with Case Western Reserve after an one-week absence.

There will be one final ranking on June 7, after the NCAA tournament has been completed.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll is selected by 10 NCAA Division III head coaches representing the 10 NCAA regions. Current 2022 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll – May 10, 2022

Rank

Team

Points

2022 Record

Previous

1

Christopher Newport (10)

250

37-1

1

2

Texas Lutheran

240

38-4

3

3

Eastern Connecticut State

230

37-4

4

4

Salisbury

220

36-6

2

5

Belhaven

210

38-6

5

6

Linfield

200

36-7

7

7

East Texas Baptist

190

32-10

8

8

DePauw

180

34-9

6

9

Virginia Wesleyan

170

33-11

11

10

Berry

160

29-11

10

11

Mary Hardin-Baylor

150

32-11

9

12

Bethel

140

33-4

12

13

Roanoke

130

30-12

15

14

Piedmont

120

31-9

16

15

Birmingham-Southern

110

32-8

13

16

Randolph-Macon

100

32-9

14

17

Rowan

90

33-8

19

18

Concordia (Wis.)

80

34-4

20

19

Geneseo

70

34-4

21

20

Trine

60

27-11

23

21

Susquehanna

50

27-7

24

22

Amherst

30

24-7

T25

23

Babson

18

35-8

17

24

Ohio Northern

17

24-9

NR

T25

Case Western Reserve

14

26-9

T25

T25

Wartburg

14

27-12

NR

Others receiving votes: Rochester 4, Illinois Wesleyan 2, WashU 2, and Buena Vista 1.

Dropped out: Dubuque, Kean, Millikin, Tufts, Wisconsin-La Crosse and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

2022 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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