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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s becoming tougher to separate the top teams in the NFCA Division III Top 25, but there’s no change at the top, with two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan University at No. 1 for a third-straight week and the 28th time in the last 29 weeks.

The (34-3) Marlins have now won 15 of their last 16. They went 3-1 last week, including a run-rule sweep of Shenandoah and a split with Ferrum. Two-time reigning Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year Hanna Hull fanned 15 Ferrum batters while tossing a no-hitter in Virginia Wesleyan’s 5-0 victory on Saturday.

St. Thomas (33-5) and Williams (26-4) both went unbeaten last week to rank ahead of East Texas Baptist (33-4), which slipped two spots to fourth after dropping two of three to longtime American Southwest Conference rival Texas-Tyler, who is moving to Division II next season.

Nine teams are tied for four spots in the Top 25. Illinois Wesleyan (27-6) and Trine (26-4) are deadlocked at No. 6; Luther (28-5) and Texas Lutheran (27-7) occupy the No. 13 position; Kean (32-5), Manhattanville (33-2) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (22-7-1) share 16th; and Brandeis (27-2-1) and Lynchburg (30-10) are 20th.

Meanwhile, a patented late-season surge helped DePauw (22-10) break into the rankings this week at No. 25. The Tigers improved their record to 14-2 in April with their fifth straight victory in Monday’s sweep at Wittenberg.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current 2019 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 24, 2019

Rank

Team

2019 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

34-3

200

1

2

St. Thomas (Minn.)

33-5

192

4

3

Williams

26-4

184

3

4

East Texas Baptist

33-4

176

2

5

Linfield

32-5-1

168

8

T6

Illinois Wesleyan

27-6

149

6

T6

Trine

26-4

149

10

8

Birmingham-Southern

31-5

132

12

9

Christopher Newport

28-6

130

5

10

Ithaca

22-6-1

126

14

11

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

30-7

125

7

12

Moravian

29-5

105

11

T13

Luther

28-5

102

T16

T13

Texas Lutheran

27-7

102

15

15

The College of New Jersey

26-6

74

T16

T16

Kean

32-5

67

19

T16

Manhattanville

33-2

67

18

T16

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

22-7-1

67

13

19

Coe

30-7

65

9

T20

Brandeis

27-2-1

48

20

T20

Lynchburg

30-10

48

22

22

Southwestern

33-4

40

23

23

Rowan

24-10

20

24

24

Thomas More

27-9

18

25

25

DePauw

22-10

12

NR

Others receiving votes: Piedmont 7, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 6, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 6, Mount Saint Joseph 5, Geneseo 4, St. Catherine 3, Wisconsin-Whitewater 2, and Endicott 1.

Dropped out: Millikin, New Paltz, Pomona-Pitzer, Wartburg and Whitworth.

* NOTE: Texas-Tyler is reclassifying to NCAA Division II, and Pfeiffer continues the process of going from Division II to Division III. Neither is eligible for the NCAA Division III Championship.

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