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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Christopher Newport’s win streak came to an end, but the Captains collected two more victories this week to remain in the No. 1 spot in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Christopher Newport (23-1) defeated then-No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan, 6-1, last Wednesday, but lost the second game of a Sunday doubleheader with Averett, 8-5, after rolling past the Cougars, 10-0 in five innings, in the opener.

Salisbury (24-2) stayed strong at the second spot with a 4-0 week, which extended its win streak to 11. The Sea Gulls beat Cortland and Ursinus twice each, by a combined 46-3 margin. In the circle, Salisbury has a 1.12 team ERA for the season.

Meanwhile, Texas Lutheran (23-4) swept a three-game series at Southwestern to climb two places to No. 3, and Birmingham-Southern (21-4) followed up last Monday’s 6-4 victory over then-No. 4 Belhaven with two triumphs apiece over Wesleyan and Maryville to gain three spots.

Belhaven (20-3) lost twice, including being the second ranked victim of Mary Hardin-Baylor in as many weeks, but won the final two games of that conference series handily to seemingly get back on track.

Randolph-Macon (17-2) had the biggest jump of the week — five places to No. 6 — but had its nine-game win streak snapped in a twinbill split with fellow ranked squad Roanoke.

Defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan (17-6) lost twice at Ferrum after falling to the top-ranked Captains, and have their lowest ranking — ninth — since being ranked 10th on Feb. 25, 2020.

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 – March 29, 2022

Rank

Team

Points

2022 Record

Previous

1

Christopher Newport (10)

250

23-1

1

2

Salisbury

240

24-2

2

3

Texas Lutheran

230

23-4

5

4

Birmingham-Southern

220

21-4

7

5

Belhaven

210

20-3

4

6

Randolph-Macon

200

17-2

11

7

East Texas Baptist

190

20-6

6

8

Eastern Connecticut State

180

13-3

9

9

Virginia Wesleyan

170

17-6

3

10

DePauw

160

11-5

12

11

Roanoke

150

15-7

13

12

Linfield

140

21-5

8

13

Berry

130

18-7

14

14

Tufts

120

12-3

10

15

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

110

10-4

18

16

Concordia (Wis.)

100

12-1

16

17

Milwaukee School of Engineering

90

5-1

17

18

Chapman

80

17-2

19

19

Rowan

70

13-5

20

20

Millikin

47

18-2

24

21

Wartburg

33

14-6

22

22

Saint Benedict (Minn.)

32

12-2

23

23

Loras

29

13-1

T25

24

Mount St. Joseph

27

14-5

21

25

WashU

17

16-4

NR

Others receiving votes:  Mary Hardin-Baylor 7, The College of New Jersey 6, Lebanon Valley 4, Nebraska Wesleyan 4, Babson 1 and Moravian 1.

Dropped out: None.

2022 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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