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Softball Climbs to 19th in Most Recent Coaches Poll

NFCA Coaches Poll

STARKVILLE, Miss. – On the heels of a 7-1 week, the Bridgewater Eagles softball team moved up four spots to 19th in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Poll released on Wednesday afternoon.

Bridgewater was ranked 23rd in last week's survey of the nation's Division III coaches. The Eagles currently own a 29-5 overall record.

On Monday, the Eagles went to Guilford and returned with a doubleheader sweep of the Quakers, winning by 5-2 and 6-3 scores, respectively. Bridgewater pounded out 19 hits in a doubleheader sweep over visiting Shenandoah on Wednesday.

The Eagles got a busy weekend off on a tough note, falling to Roanoke in game one of a doubleheader by a 7-6 score in eight innings before recovering to post a 7-2 victory in the nightcap.

On Sunday, the Eagles marked Senior Day with a sweep of visiting Emory & Henry.

Bridgewater is in action on Wednesday afternoon at Christopher Newport, which dropped two spots to 12th in this week's poll. The Eagles own a win over 10th-ranked Cortland State and fell to Trine, the 16th-ranked team in this week's poll, by a run in extra innings.

Despite a loss last week, Linfield received all eight first votes to remain No. 1 in the NFCA Top 25 Poll, the association has announced. Willamette handed the Wildcats just their third loss of the season in a Northwest Conference split, and Linfield is now 34-3 overall.

The rest of the top five remains the same as a week ago, including No. 2 Emory, who has been idle for two weeks as it awaits postseason play. No. 3 Eastern Connecticut used eight wins this week to move to 25-1, while Luther used four to go to 28-4. Pacific Lutheran is 33-10 heading into postseason play.

For the complete poll, click the NFCA Coaches Poll link at the top of the page.