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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — East Texas Baptist was undefeated when the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to 2020 season and remain No. 1 for the final NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (15-0) Tigers played one game after going 4-0 to capture the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Ariz., defeating Baldwin Wallace, 7-1, on March 10, two days before the NCAA announced it was canceling all spring championships.

East Texas Baptist beat three teams — DePauw, Emory and St. John Fisher — at the Leadoff that were ranked in the last poll (released on March 11) to end the run at No. 1 for 2019 national titlist Texas Lutheran, who had been the top team since the final ranking of last season.

The (19-1) Bulldogs, meanwhile, remained second in an unchanged first five, that includes Christopher Newport (12-1), Illinois Wesleyan (9-1) and Virginia Wesleyan (11-1).

Elsewhere, Salisbury (17-3) jumped up to sixth from 12th, taking the place of Eastern Connecticut State (2-0), which fell to 15th, after winning the only two games it was able to play. Strong starts to their seasons propelled Birmingham-Southern (14-4), Moravian (9-1), St. Olaf (7-1), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (12-0) and Maryville (9-1) into the final Top 25.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Final 2020 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses. With the odd ending to the season, the committee put an emphasis on ranking teams that were able to play games, over teams that were unable to get started when the season was halted.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 8, 2020

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous

1

East Texas Baptist (8)

15-0

200

1

2

Texas Lutheran

19-1

192

2

3

Christopher Newport

12-1

184

3

4

Illinois Wesleyan

9-1

176

4

5

Virginia Wesleyan

11-1

168

5

6

Salisbury

17-3

160

12

7

Linfield

12-2

152

7

8

Central (Iowa)

6-1

144

8

9

Kean

9-1

136

T9

10

Mary Hardin-Baylor

12-3

128

11

11

Carthage

10-2

109

14

12

Transylvania

9-1

102

16

13

DePauw

6-3

100

13

14

Berry

12-2

98

T17

15

Eastern Connecticut State

2-0

82

6

16

Geneseo

4-1

74

15

17

St. John Fisher

7-3

71

T20

18

Randolph-Macon

8-3-1

62

19

19

Milwaukee School of Engineering

9-1

45

T20

20

Birmingham-Southern

14-4

42

NR

21

Moravian

9-1

38

RV

22

St. Olaf

7-1

34

NR

23

Ferrum

12-3

29

T23

24

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

12-0

28

NR

25

Maryville (Tenn.)

9-1

15

RV

Others receiving votes: Manhattanville 12, Averett 9, St. Catherine 6, Misericordia 3, Mount Union 1.

Dropped out: Emory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, St. Thomas (Minn.), Tufts, Wartburg, Washington (Mo.), Trine, Williams.

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