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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Virginia Wesleyan unleashed an offensive assault on its opponents this past week to solidify its standing as the No. 1 team in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (27-3-1) Marlins outscored their six opponents 71-12 to extend their win streak to 10 games. They scored 10 or more runs in every contest, including overwhelming Eastern Mennonite, 27-1, in a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday.

Defending national champion Texas Lutheran (25-4) captured two games last week, and have now won 17 straight, and 21 of its last 22, to stay firmly in the second position, while Eastern Connecticut State (20-0) continued its climb up the rankings, gaining another two places this week, to round out the top three. The Warriors have now won 33 of their last 35 games, and haven’t lost since May 26, 2019, when they fell 3-2 in an eight-inning heartbreaker to eventual national runner-up Emory at the NCAA Championship finals in Tyler, Texas.

Elsewhere, St. Scholastica (23-3) broke into the Top 25 this week, after receiving votes previously, and Rowan (19-5), Alvernia (17-5), St. Olaf (13-3), Concordia (Wis.) (22-4) and Aurora (25-3) all also made the cut. Rochester (19-6), Alfred (18-5) and Southern Maine (22-1-1) all received votes for the first time in 2021.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses. In 2021, schools that are not competing will not be eligible for the poll.  

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 21, 2021

Rank

Team

2021 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

27-3-1

200

1

2

Texas Lutheran

25-4

192

2

3

Eastern Connecticut State

20-0

184

5

4

East Texas Baptist

22-3

176

4

5

Linfield

28-4

168

3

6

Birmingham-Southern

25-4

160

6

7

DePauw

21-2

152

9

8

Belhaven

25-7

144

7

9

Emory & Henry

21-3

136

17

T10

Berry

23-6

128

15

 

Moravian

12-0

128

10

12

Salisbury

19-7

109

8

13

St. John Fisher

16-2

104

12

14

Christopher Newport

22-10

83

11

15

Mount Union

23-5

77

22

16

Wartburg

21-6

73

14

T17

Milwaukee School of Engineering

23-2

61

13

 

Randolph-Macon

14-7-1

61

19

T19

St. Scholastica

23-3

44

RV

 

The College of New Jersey

11-3

44

18

21

Rowan

19-5

41

NR

T22

Alvernia

17-5

24

NR

 

St. Olaf

13-3

24

NR

24

Concordia (Wis.)

22-4

20

NR

T25

Aurora

25-3

14

NR

 

Saint Benedict

17-5

14

16

Others receiving votes:  Cortland 10, Transylvania 8, Coe 7, Rochester 6, Kean 5, Misericordia 5, Alfred 3, Mount St. Joseph 2, Southern Maine 1.

Dropped out: Framingham State, Hope, Millikin and Stevenson.

Programs that do not participate during the 2021 season will not be eligible for the poll.

2021 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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