The USM Huskies baseball team has returned from its Florida spring trip with a 9-3 record and that is enough for voters around the country to place USM in 5th place in the national Division-3 poll.

Ed Flaherty's team set a school record with 46 wins a year ago and the Huskies were the national D-3 runner-up. 18 players return from that team.

While USM spends the week at #5 in the poll, Linfield (Oregon) is #1. The Wildcats beat the Huskies in last year's national title game. That team is coached by former New York Yankee Scott Brosius.

D3baseball.com Top 25, week 5

Through games of Sunday March 23, 2014

#

School (1st votes)

Rec

Pts

Prev.

1

Linfield (12)

18-3

606

2

2

UW-Stevens Point (7)

10-1

586

5

3

Trinity (Texas) (6)

21-2

577

1

4

Kean

13-3

531

4

5

Southern Maine

9-3

525

3

6

Webster

8-3

443

6

7

Cortland State

13-4

436

8

8

Rowan

10-2

412

10

9

St. Thomas

8-3

398

9

10

Concordia-Chicago

12-2

353

14

11

Marietta

11-4

343

11

12

Birmingham-Southern

20-4

337

15

13

Cal Lutheran

16-5

307

13

14

UW-Whitewater

5-0

302

16

15

Salisbury

13-6

261

7

16

Concordia (Texas)

16-2

226

21

17

Johns Hopkins

12-2

196

19

18

Mount Union

10-1

185

17

19

Shenandoah

15-4

169

18

20

Rhodes

18-5

135

25

21

Case Western Reserve

13-3

119

23

22

St. John Fisher

12-1

110

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23

Heidelberg

14-3

92

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24

Wheaton (Mass.)

7-5-1

76

12

25

Buena Vista

8-1

53

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Dropped out: No. 20 George Fox, No. 22 Augustana, No. 24 LeTourneau.

Others receiving votes: George Fox 51, Tufts 46, Mary Hardin-Baylor 43, Dickinson 32, Hampden-Sydney 23, York (Pa.) 22, Ithaca 20, Augustana (Ill.) 12, Piedmont 9, UW-Oshkosh 9, Susquehanna 8, Eastern Conn. St. 7, Farmingdale State 7, LeTourneau 7, Johnson & Wales 6, Millsaps 5, Frostburg St. 4, Lynchburg 4, Endicott 4, Wooster 2, Berry 2, Moravian 1, Emory 1, Alvernia 1, Bridgewater (Va.) 1.