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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Following a Sunday split with two-time reigning national champion Virginia Wesleyan, Christopher Newport University took over the top spot in this week’s NFCA Division III Top 25.

The (16-2) Captains end a streak of 25 straight weeks at No. 1 for Virginia Wesleyan (19-2), who lost twice -- both to ranked teams -- in a 4-2 week. Before being two-hit by two-time reigning Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year Hanna Hull in Sunday’s opener, Christopher Newport had won 15 straight games. The Captains rebounded to edge the Marlins, 2-1 in eight innings, in the nightcap.

Virginia Wesleyan, which split with then-No. 24 Randolph-Macon earlier in the week, meanwhile, drops to No. 2 in the rankings. The Marlins are still 82-5 over their last 87 games.

East Texas Baptist (24-1) continued its roll, moving up three places this week to third, ahead of St. Thomas (10-2), which lost twice in a 4-2 week, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (6-2) in fifth and Lynchburg (22-4) in sixth. Illinois Wesleyan (10-3), last year’s national runner-up, slid three spots to No. 7 after a three-loss week.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current 2019 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – March 27, 2019

Rank

Team

2019 Record

Points

Previous

1

Christopher Newport (8)

16-2

200

2

2

Virginia Wesleyan

19-2

192

1

3

East Texas Baptist

24-1

184

6

4

St. Thomas (Minn.)

10-2

176

3

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6-2

168

5

6

Lynchburg

22-4

160

15

7

Illinois Wesleyan

10-3

152

4

8

Texas Lutheran

17-5

151

19

9

Kean

16-1

150

13

10

Ithaca

7-3

128

10

11

Coe

18-3

120

8

12

Manhattanville

12-0

101

14

T13

Berry

16-3

93

17

T13

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

18-5

93

11

15

Linfield

16-4-1

87

12

16

Williams

12-4

79

7

T17

Trine

12-2

57

RV

T17

Wisconsin-Whitewater

5-3

57

9

19

Millikin

14-2

49

23

20

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

13-2

37

22

21

Saint Benedict (Minn.)

12-4

35

RV

22

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

8-2

33

21

23

Tufts

13-2

24

RV

24

Moravian

15-3

14

NR

25

Muskingum

16-4

11

RV

Others receiving votes: Luther 9, Pacific 6, Calvin 3, North Central 3, Whitworth 3, Wisconsin-Stout 3, Hope 2, Case Western Reserve 1, Geneseo 1 and Randolph-Macon 1.

Dropped out: Amherst, Nebraska Wesleyan, Pomona-Pitzer, Salisbury and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

* NOTE: Texas-Tyler is reclassifying to NCAA Division II, and Pfeiffer continues the process of going from Division II to Division III. Neither is eligible for the NCAA Division III Championship.

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