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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first six teams remain the same this week in the NFCA Division III Top 25 rankings, which continues to be led by the trio of defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan, No. 2 Texas Lutheran and No 3 Texas-Tyler.

The top-ranked (39-1) Marlins suffered their first loss since last May — an unbeaten span of 41 games — in the second game of last Wednesday’s doubleheader against No. 4 Randolph-Macon, before rebounding to win four straight to close out the regular season and remain the unanimous No. 1 team for a 17th straight week. Virginia Wesleyan is the top seed and two-time defending champion for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament, and will open play noon Friday against eighth-seeded Guilford, which it swept in two five-inning games on April 8 by a combined score of 19-1.

Randolph-Macon (37-3), meanwhile, is the second seed for the ODAC tournament, and will face seventh-seeded Randolph on Friday. Lynchburg (28-10), which is the top vote-getter this week among those not in the Top 25, is the No. 3 ODAC seed and will play sixth-seeded Eastern Mennonite Friday.

No. 5 Berry (36-4) and No. 6 Moravian (26-4) were the other two unchanged teams in the first six. Berry is awaiting the NCAA tournament after capturing its fourth straight Southern Athletic Association championship last week, while Moravian is still wrapping up its regular season.

Saint Mary’s (31-3) went 3-1 this week, but dropped three places to a tie for 10th with Linfield (35-8), following the Belles’ 18-place surge up the rankings last week. No. 8 Christopher Newport (30-6), meanwhile, was a perfect 6-0 to reclaim a spot in the top 10.

Tufts (23-7) is the newcomer this week, after sweeping both previously-ranked Babson and then-No. 12 Amherst as part of a 5-0 week. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (29-5-1) and College of New Jersey (26-6) joined the Top 25 at No. 19 and 25, respectively, after both received votes last week.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current 2018 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 25, 2018

Rank

Team

2018 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

39-1

200

1

2

Texas Lutheran

34-1

192

2

3

Texas-Tyler

32-1

184

3

4

Randolph-Macon

37-3

176

4

5

Berry

36-4

168

5

6

Moravian

26-4

160

6

7

St. Thomas (Minn.)

27-5

152

8

8

Christopher Newport

30-6

144

11

9

St. John Fisher

23-7

125

15

T10

Linfield

35-8

123

T16

 

Saint Mary’s (Ind.)

31-3

123

7

12

Luther

28-4

115

9

13

East Texas Baptist

29-8

97

10

14

Hope

23-6

82

20

15

George Fox

35-9

77

14

T16

Central (Iowa)

23-7

57

T23

 

Trine

24-8

57

13

18

Rowan

27-8-1

56

21

19

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

29-5-1

47

RV

20

Saint Benedict

24-6

45

T16

21

Tufts

23-7

42

NR

22

Amherst

23-5

40

12

23

Illinois Wesleyan

22-8-1

39

18

24

Williams

26-6

28

19

25

College of New Jersey

26-6

23

RV

Others receiving votes: Lynchburg 13, Calvin 10, Otterbein 5, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5, Emory 2, Geneseo 2.

Dropped out: Lake Forest, North Central (Ill.), Ohio Northern, William Paterson Wisconsin-River Falls.

 

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