National Champion Marlins Finish No. 1 in NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll

National Champion Marlins Finish No. 1 in NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll

National Champion Marlins Finish No. 1 in NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — National champion Virginia Wesleyan finished the season No. 1 in the NFCA Top 25 softball rankings, remaining in the top spot for a seventh straight week.

The (54-3) Marlins set a Division III record for wins in a season with the second of two straight victories over defending national titlist Texas-Tyler (46-6) on Sunday to reach the best-of-three NCAA Championship Series on Monday at OGE Energy Stadium at the USA Softball Complex in Oklahoma City, where they swept St. John Fisher (44-8) to capture the first national championship in program history.

The Cardinals' runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship was one spot higher than their third-place showing last year and tied them with Texas-Tyler — who defeated Virginia Wesleyan in the teams' NCAA Championship opener — for the No. 2 spot in the final Top 25 poll.

The five other teams that advanced to Oklahoma City finished in the top eight, led by No. 4 Williams (38-13), which tied Texas-Tyler for third place, fifth-place finishers Illinois Wesleyan (37-15) and Amherst (34-12) at No. 5 and 6, respectively, and seventh-place finishers St. Catherine (38-14) and Trine (37-10) in slots seven and eight. Both Illinois Wesleyan and Amherst were not ranked in the last poll, which occurred more than three weeks ago, prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament.

East Texas Baptist (38-11), which lost to Texas-Tyler in the Super Regionals, and Texas Lutheran (38-6), which fell to the Patriots in the NCAA Regionals, round out the top 10.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Final 2017 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – June 2, 2017

Rank

Team

2017 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

54-3

200

1

T2

St. John Fisher

44-8

188

8


Texas-Tyler

46-6

188

4

4

Williams

38-13

175

19

5

Illinois Wesleyan

37-15

168

NR

6

Amherst

34-12

156

NR

7

St. Catherine

38-14

151

T25

8

Trine

37-10

150

22

9

East Texas Baptist

38-11

126

10

10

Texas Lutheran

38-6

114

5

11

Kean

36-10

100

13

12

Luther

41-5

93

3

13

Texas-Dallas

36-10

85

6

14

Transylvania

35-13

77

NR

15

Wisconsin-Whitewater

37-9

71

7

16

Cortland

33-15

68

NR

17

Randolph-Macon

35-11

59

16

T18

Christopher Newport

34-10

56

11


Wisconsin-Oshkosh

33-13

56

RV

T20

Berry

40-4

52

2


St. Thomas (Minn.)

37-11

52

23

22

Central (Iowa)

32-10

42

9

23

Ramapo

32-11

40

18

24

Whitworth

37-11

36

17

25

Babson

33-16

22

RV


Others receiving votes: 
Messiah 21, Moravian 13, Hope 9, Otterbein 8, Rowan 6, Alma 5, Ithaca 5, Linfield 2, Manhattanville 2, UMass-Boston 2 and Coe 1.

Dropped out: Widener, William Paterson, Wisconsin-La Crosse and Wittenberg.