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Salisbury Unanimous No. 1 in NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Salisbury University used a 6-0 week to remain No. 1 and earn all eight first-place votes in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III softball rankings.

Junior pitcher Rachel Johnson tossed a pair of perfect games and struck out 28 batters over 17 innings to account for half of the (31-1) Sea Gulls’ victories for the period spanning April 7-13.

Montclair State (25-1) went 4-0 to remain second, while Texas-Tyler (32-2) swept three games from Concordia (Texas) to stay at No. 3 and defending national champion Tufts (21-3) was a perfect 7-0 to maintain the fourth position.

Trine (24-1) and Linfield (31-7) are still No. 5 and 6, respectively, while East Texas Baptist (29-5) used a no-hitter and a perfect game in the final two games of a 3-0 sweep of University of the Ozarks to jump three spots to seventh.

Luther (21-6) remained eighth and Coe (26-5) stayed ninth, while Piedmont (41-6) dropped three places to No. 10 following a 6-3 week that included a pair of losses to then-No. 16 Emory.

The University of Chicago (17-3), Wisconsin-La Crosse (17-5) and William Paterson (20-6) all received votes for the first time this season, while Rowan (21-8) returned to the mix after a one-week hiatus. Ithaca, Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wittenberg and Washington (Mo.) University dropped out.

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

To view the complete NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll, please click here