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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The top three in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll remained unchanged for a fifth week, as the only losses for the trio were Salisbury’s two to No. 1 Christopher Newport.

In that twinbill last Wednesday, the top-ranked Captains (35-1) rallied to win the first game against No. 2 Salisbury, 4-2, on a three-run, walk-off homer by Brooke Greaver. They then hit three more homers to take game two, 10-6. Christopher Newport finished its week with a sweep of Meredith on Sunday.

The (32-4) Sea Gulls, who had their 17-game victory streak snapped against the Captains, rebounded on Sunday to sweep Stevenson, while No. 3 Texas Lutheran (35-4) took three games from Trinity over the weekend to extend its win streak to 18.

Eastern Connecticut State (28-4) kept winning to move into the No. 4 spot, while Belhaven (31-5) did likewise to rejoin the top five, ahead of DePauw (26-6), Linfield (36-7) and last week’s No. 4, East Texas Baptist (27-8).

Elsewhere, No. 18 Babson (28-6) gained six places after collecting its 12th-straight triumph, and Piedmont (26-9), Geneseo (25-3), Lynchburg (23-17) and Pfeiffer (32-8) all moved into the Top 25.

No. 20 Piedmont and 22nd-ranked Geneseo had been receiving votes, while Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament top seed Lynchburg is making its 2022 poll debut at No. 24. Pfeiffer is back in the voting mix after dropping out last week.

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 – April 26, 2022

Rank

Team

Points

2022 Record

Previous

1

Christopher Newport (10)

250

35-1

1

2

Salisbury

240

32-4

2

3

Texas Lutheran

230

35-4

3

4

Eastern Connecticut State

220

28-4

5

5

Belhaven

210

31-5

6

6

DePauw

200

26-6

7

7

Linfield

190

36-7

8

8

East Texas Baptist

180

27-8

4

9

Birmingham-Southern

170

32-6

9

10

Mary Hardin-Baylor

160

28-9

12

11

Bethel

150

25-2

14

12

Berry

140

27-11

13

13

Randolph-Macon

130

30-7

10

14

Virginia Wesleyan

120

29-10

15

15

Concordia (Wis.)

110

27-3

17

16

Milwaukee School of Engineering

100

18-4

19

17

Roanoke

90

26-10

20

18

Babson

80

28-6

T24

19

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

70

20-6

11

20

Piedmont

60

26-9

RV

21

Rowan

50

26-8

16

22

Geneseo

22

25-3

RV

23

Millikin

15

26-4

22

24

Lynchburg

14

23-17

NR

25

Pfeiffer

9

32-8

NR

Others receiving votes: Case Western Reserve 8, Wisconsin-La Crosse 7, Susquehanna 6, Saint Benedict (Minn.) 5, Alma 4, Aurora 3, Tufts 3, Mount St. Joseph 1, and Wartburg 1.

Dropped out: George Fox and The College of New Jersey.

2022 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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