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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Linfield kept rolling with a four-game series sweep of Pacific Lutheran over the weekend, which extended its win streak to 17 games and maintained its grip on the top spot in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (19-1) Wildcats had a pair of gems from pitchers Maddy Podnar (four-hitter, five strikeouts) and Tayah Kelley (two-hitter, eight strikeouts) in the first two games on Saturday, before Pacific Lutheran joined the hit parade in two one-run victories for Linfield on Sunday.

Meanwhile, East Texas Baptist (13-3), which dropped out of the No. 1 spot last week, lost two of three against McMurry to fall from a tie for second with Virginia Wesleyan to fifth. Ashley Croft’s six-strikeout, one-hitter in the second game against McMurry was bookended by a pair of 4-2 losses. The Tigers will look to get back on track tomorrow with a home doubleheader against Texas-Dallas.

Virginia Wesleyan (17-3-1), meanwhile, split a ranked matchup with Randolph-Macon to remain No. 2. Hanna Hull fanned eight over five innings, as the Marlins rolled 8-0 in game one, before the (4-3-1) Yellow Jackets rebounded to take the nightcap, 5-4.    

Texas Lutheran (16-4) and Christopher Newport (14-6) each moved up a spot, to fourth and fifth, respectively, as a result of the East Texas Baptist losses. The Bulldogs are riding an eight-game win streak, which includes seven wins over the last week, while the Captains were idle due to poor weather in Virginia.

Elsewhere, four teams in the poll have now won 10 straight: sixth-ranked Salisbury (12-4), No. 8 Kean (10-0), No. 12 Eastern Connecticut State (10-0) and 21st-ranked Alvernia (11-1). Cortland (3-1) and Aurora (15-1) are ranked for the first time this season, while St. Scholastica (15-3) and Luther (14-5) are receiving votes for the first time in 2021.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses. In 2021, schools that are not competing will not be eligible for the poll.  

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – March 31, 2021

Rank

Team

2021 Record

Points

Previous

1

Linfield (8)

19-1

200

1

2

Virginia Wesleyan

17-3-1

192

T2

3

Texas Lutheran

16-4

184

4

4

Christopher Newport

14-6

176

5

5

East Texas Baptist

13-3

168

T2

6

Salisbury

12-4

160

6

7

DePauw

16-2

152

7

8

Kean

10-0

144

8

9

Birmingham-Southern

20-3

136

9

10

Belhaven

17-6

128

10

11

St. John Fisher

5-1

117

11

12

Eastern Connecticut State

10-0

111

15

13

Transylvania

10-6

93

13

14

Berry

12-5

92

12

15

Moravian

8-0

84

16

16

Wartburg

13-3

82

19

17

Milwaukee School of Engineering

11-1

74

14

18

Dubuque

10-4

57

17

19

Emory & Henry

12-2

55

20

20

Mount Union

14-2

41

21

21

Alvernia

11-1

28

RV

T22

Cortland

3-1

25

NR

 

Randolph-Macon

4-3-1

25

23

24

Saint Benedict

8-2

24

24

25

Aurora

15-1

23

NR

Others receiving votes: St. Scholastica 21, Geneseo 4, Luther 3.

Dropped out: Carroll (Wis.), Carthage, Coe, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Olaf and Trine.

Programs that do not participate during the 2021 season will not be eligible for the poll.

2021 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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