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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An unchanged first four, led by reigning national champion Trine, continued to lead the way in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The top-ranked (22-1) Thunder captured four more games, while No. 2 Salisbury (16-1) scored a ranked sweep of Virginia Wesleyan, No. 3 Linfield (20-0) stayed undefeated and No. 4 East Texas Baptist (19-1) extended its win streak to 18 games.

Berry (27-3) and Case Western Reserve (19-2) kept winning as well, along with Belhaven (26-4) and Randolph-Macon (12-2-2) going a combined 9-1-1. All four moved up one spot to fill out the first eight. Last week’s No. 5 team, Christopher Newport (15-4), dropped to ninth after being swept at home by DePauw.

Huntingdon (22-4) and Virginia Wesleyan (11-6) swapped places just below Bethel (11-3), who was idle and stayed put at No. 10.

Elsewhere, No. 15 Wisconsin-Whitewater (12-0) and No. 16 Pfeiffer (24-0) both remained perfect to continue their steady climb up the poll, while Rensselaer (15-0-1) went 6-0 for the week and undefeated Wisconsin-Oshkosh (16-0) joined the mix, tying Lynchburg (17-5) for this week’s final ranking spot. Ramapo (13-3), fresh off a sweep of The College of New Jersey, is the other poll newcomer at No. 23.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll is selected by 10 NCAA Division III head coaches representing the 10 NCAA regions. Final 2023 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses. 

NFCA Division III Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

April 2, 2024

Rank

Team

Points

2024 Record

Previous

1

Trine (10)

250

22-1

1

2

Salisbury

240

16-1

2

3

Linfield

230

20-0

3

4

East Texas Baptist

220

19-1

4

5

Berry

210

27-3

6

6

Case Western Reserve

200

19-2

7

7

Belhaven

190

26-4

8

8

Randolph-Macon

180

12-2-2

9

9

Christopher Newport

170

15-4

5

10

Bethel

160

11-3

10

11

Huntingdon

150

22-4

12

12

Virginia Wesleyan

140

11-6

11

13

Rowan

130

17-5

13

14

Texas Lutheran

120

17-2

15

15

Wisconsin-Whitewater

110

12-0

16

16

Pfeiffer

100

24-0

18

17

Tufts

90

14-4

17

18

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

80

15-0-1

19

19

Dominican

60

19-1

22

20

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

41

16-2

23

21

Transylvania

34

9-6

21

22

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

30

9-3

14

23

Ramapo

29

13-3

NR

T24

Lynchburg

20

17-5

25

T24

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

20

16-0

NR

Others receiving votes: Coe 16, Moravian 16, Hardin-Simmons 6, Central (Iowa) 5, and Saint Mary’s (Minn.) 3.

Dropped out: Lebanon Valley, Redlands and The College of New Jersey.

2024 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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