LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- The Moravian College softball squad slipped five spots down to No. 11 in the latest 2018 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll.
Moravian, which is 29-5 on the season, has been ranked in all but one week of the poll this season including sixth the last two weeks and 10th three weeks ago. The Hounds were 13th a month ago and 17th the prior week after being tied for 16th and 22nd in the two previous polls. The Blue and Grey were ranked 18th in the preseason poll and 17th in the first regular season poll on February 28 before falling into the receiving votes category after a 3-3 mark in the 2018 NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Arizona to open the season in the first week of March. The Blue and Grey completed the Spring Break trip west with a 6-0 mark in the Tucson Invitational to move back into the poll.
To finish off the Tucson Invitational, Moravian posted a 5-0 victory over the College of Saint Benedict (Minn.), which 13th in this week's poll, while two of the Greyhounds' three losses at the Leadoff Classic were to No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University in extra innings and No. 7 the University of St. Thomas (Minn.). Moravian also has a 7-5 win at the Leadoff Classic over Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which moved up to 18th this week, and a 20-11 victory over Coe (Iowa) College that received votes this week.
The Greyhounds are scheduled to return to action on Friday, May 4 when the squad hosts the 2018 Landmark Conference Tournament as the top seed at Blue & Grey Field in Bethlehem. Moravian will open the tournament versus fourth seed The Catholic University of America at 11:00 a.m. Friday.
To view the full NFCA Division III Top 25 poll for this week, visit https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7809:top-three-still-the-same-in-nfca-division-iii-top-25&catid=148&Itemid=149.