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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fresh off its first softball national championship, Christopher Newport finishes the year where it spent most of 2022, as the No. 1 team in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (47-1) Captains were the top-ranked team in the country for the final nine weeks, and looked the part throughout, dropping just one contest all season, and winning their final 24 games. They averaged 8.6 runs per game while allowing just 84 runs all season.

Christopher Newport was a perfect 12-0 in the postseason without having to leave their home state, including beating fellow NCAA Finals participant Salisbury (42-8) in the Coast-to-Coast Conference Tournament and sweeping two hard-fought games from 2021 national champion and local rival Virginia Wesleyan in the Super Regionals. At the finals site in Salem, Va., the Captains were 5-0.

Meanwhile, a season that started with a family emergency and 0-7 record turned into one of the best feel-good stories of the year, with head coach Donnie Danklefsen’s Trine squad winning 20 of their final 22 games to finish second nationally. The (35-13) Thunder’s lone two losses over that stretch were the two games they lost to Christopher Newport in the best-of-three national championship series.

All eight national finals participants finished ranked in the top 12, with third-place finishers Texas Lutheran (45-6) and Berry (36-13), and fifth-place finishers Salisbury (42-8) and Eastern Connecticut State (44-7) occupying spots No. 3-6. Seventh-place finishers Millikin (37-9) and Worcester Polytechnic (35-17) returned to the rankings to close the year at ninth and 12th, respectively.  

Virginia Wesleyan (36-13) and Belhaven (41-8), who both lost in the Super Regionals, were seventh and eighth, while Bethel (37-7) and Randolph-Macon (35-11) tied for the 10th spot.

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

NFCA Division III Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll – June 7, 2022

Rank

Team

Points

2022 Record

Previous

1

Christopher Newport (10)

250

47-1

1

2

Trine

240

35-13

20

3

Texas Lutheran

230

45-6

2

4

Berry

220

36-13

10

5

Salisbury

210

42-8

4

6

Eastern Connecticut State

200

44-7

3

7

Belhaven

190

41-8

5

8

Virginia Wesleyan

180

36-13

9

9

Millikin

170

37-9

RV

T10

Bethel

155

37-7

12

T10

Randolph-Macon

155

35-11

16

12

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

140

35-17

NR

13

Case Western Reserve

130

30-12

T25

14

Linfield

120

38-9

6

15

East Texas Baptist

110

33-12

7

16

Concordia (Wis.)

100

36-6

18

17

Wartburg

90

30-4

T25

18

Mary Hardin-Baylor

80

32-11

11

19

Birmingham-Southern

70

32-8

15

20

Piedmont

60

31-11

14

21

Rowan

50

35-10

17

22

DePauw

40

35-11

8

T23

Mount St. Joseph

11

34-12

NR

T23

Tufts

11

36-12

NR

25

Babson

10

38-10

23

Others receiving votes: Ohio Northern 8, WashU 7, and Arcadia 1.

Dropped out: Amherst, Buena Vista, Geneseo, Illinois Wesleyan, Roanoke, Rochester, Susquehanna

2022 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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