LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Oklahoma Sooners (43-3) are once again the unanimous choice for No. 1, holding down the top spot of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll for the eighth consecutive week after picking up all 31 possible first-place votes from the top 25 committee.
The Sooners demonstrated their power this past week, knocking off North Texas (12-1 in 6 inn.) in a mid-week tilt before running roughshod over Iowa State during a three-game Big 12 series. The Crimson & Cream outscored the Cyclones by a 44-1 clip while recording three consecutive run-rule victories.
After receiving four first-place nods a week ago, Florida (47-6) managed to take a Southeastern Conference home set from Georgia, two-games-to-one, but dropped the series opener against the Bulldogs, 3-2, before rebounding to register 5-2 and 5-0 wins in closing out the weekend.
Arizona State (42-7) raced past Pac-12 rival and then-No. 10 California (35-12) in a three-contest series to climb a pair of spots to third, while Tennessee dropped a slot to fourth after suffering a razor-thin, 2-1 defeat in its lone match-up of the week versus Arkansas. Oregon (40-7) nabbed two-of-three in its series at then-No. 16 UCLA to rise a position to fifth.
Texas (42-6) improved one spot to sixth by rolling past Texas Tech (8-6, 4-1, 4-1), while Alabama (40-10) fell from fourth to seventh following a three-game sweep (3-2 in 8 inn., 2-1, 4-3) at the hands of SEC Western Division rival and newly No. 8-rated LSU (40-11).
No. 9 Louisville (44-8) dropped one position following a 2-2 week that included a pair of victories over Georgetown (8-0 in 5 inn., 10-1 in 5 inn.) and single losses to both the Hoyas (2-4) and at then-No. 19 Kentucky (1-2). Michigan rounded out the top 10 at No. 10 after blasting Central Michigan (11-0 in 5 inn.) and dropping two-of-three match-ups at then-No. 20 Nebraska (1-6. 5-3, 4-7).
Previously-No. 23-rated Arizona (28-22) was dealt a three-contest road sweep at the hands of league foe Oregon State to drop completely out of this week’s Top 25. Benefiting from the Wildcats’ stumble, Wisconsin (38-9) registered a perfect 5-0 week with a pair of wins over Northwestern (3-1, 4-2) and a series sweep at Indiana (12-1 in 5 inn., 3-0, 5-2) to re-enter the rankings in the 25th position.
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 31 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.
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