LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the first time in school history, Virginia Wesleyan is the No. 1 team in the county, as the surging Marlins replace Texas-Tyler atop the NFCA Division III Top 25 poll standings.
Virginia Wesleyan (38-5), which ranked third last week, extended its win streak to 17 games after rallying from four runs down with six outs remaining to win 10-9 in nine innings in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game against Eastern Mennonite.
Texas-Tyler (39-4), meanwhile, lost twice to new No. 8 East Texas Baptist (34-8) in the American Southwest Conference Tournament — including 2-0 in the title game — to fall two places to third, after spending all 10 previous weeks this season in the top spot.
Salisbury (34-4), which has been idle since winning the Capital Athletic Conference championship, maintains the No. 2 slot it moved into last week.
Berry (36-6) is all alone at fourth this week, while Texas Lutheran (41-3) is now tied at fifth with Luther (34-2), the lone team of the three to play this week, going 2-0.
East Texas Baptist had the biggest jump of the week — nine places — after dealing Texas-Tyler its first two losses since February to snap a 33-game win streak. Birmingham-Southern (36-8) in seventh, Emory (40-4) in ninth and Christopher Newport (34-7) at No. 10 remained the same this week.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (34-6) moved into the poll at No. 24 after previously receiving votes, while the University of Chicago (23-8) received votes for the first time this season.
Three-time reigning NCAA titlist Tufts, dropped back out this week, along with Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Records through Sunday’s games are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.
NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – May 4, 2016
|1||Virginia Wesleyan (8)||37-5||200||3|
|8||East Texas Baptist||34-8||140||17|
|12||St. Thomas (Minn.)||35-5||111||16|
|24||Worcester Polytechnic Institute||34-6||19||RV|
Others receiving votes: University of Chicago 14, Whitworth 10, Wheaton (Ill.) 8, St. John Fisher 4, Cortland 3, Gustavus Adolphus 3 and DePauw 3.
Dropped out: Tufts, Wis.-Oshkosh.