STARKVILLE, Miss. – Still undefeated at 21-0, Alabama was tabbed as the nation’s best softball team for the third straight week in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday.

The Crimson Tide received 24 of 30 first-place votes this week, while No. 2 California (21-0) received the remaining six. In the rest of the top five, Washington (23-1) and Florida (23-2) traded spots at third and fourth, respectively, while Arizona State (25-2) rounded out the lead spots in fifth.

Alabama and California are two of the just five remaining undefeated teams in Division I softball this season, along with No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette (22-0), No. 14 Louisville (18-0) and No. 18 Hawai‘i (21-0). However, there will be one less undefeated team at the end of the coming week as California and Hawai‘i are scheduled to meet in Honolulu on Thursday.

The only team to fall from the rankings this week was No. 24 North Carolina (17-7), but did finish the voting at the top of the “Receiving Votes” category. After weeks of lingering just outside the Top 25, USF (19-4) finally made its 2012 debut in the rankings this week, tying at No. 24 with Big East rival DePaul (14-5).

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.

To view the entire poll, click here.

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