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Texas-Tyler takes over No. 1 in NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Texas-Tyler used a 3-0 week to take over the No. 1 spot and earn six of eight first-place votes in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III softball rankings.

The (35-2) Patriots did what they have done all season — win games — sweeping a three-game road American Southwest Conference series last Thursday and Friday at University of the Ozarks.

Two losses in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, including two to top seed and host Christopher Newport, in an overall 2-2 week dropped Salisbury (33-3) from first place to sixth after two weeks at the top — including being the unanimous choice last week. All three of Sea Gulls’ losses this season have been to the (35-6) Captains, and specifically freshman pitcher Makayla Jenkins, who three-hit the nation’s top batting average team in a 1-0 win and topped them again in a 3-2 in eight innings in the conference final. Jenkins also beat Salisbury 2-0 on March 22.

Defending national champion Tufts (26-3) moves to second from fourth after a 5-0 week, while Trine (30-1) is the new No. 3 team following a 6-0 stretch. Both teams earned one first-place vote. Meanwhile, Montclair State (30-2) lost just one of its six games last week, but drops from second to fourth.

Linfield (34-7) had a 3-0 week to also vault past Salisbury to fifth, while Christopher Newport jumped from 13th to a tie with East Texas Baptist (32-5) at No. 7, Coe (30-5) was 4-0 to remain ninth and Luther (23-6) dropped two spots to 10th despite winning both its games.

Williams College (18-6) returns to the rankings after one week out, while Alfred (19-5), Wellesley (24-9) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (20-6) received votes for the first time this season. Stevens Tech, Western Connecticut State, Wheaton (Mass.) and Wisconsin-La Crosse all 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