4-25-2017 NCAA Top Ten Rankings

NCAA DI Softball Championship Sport Committee
Announces First Top 10 Ranking Of the Season



INDIANAPOLIS–With a few weeks of competition left before Selection Sunday, the NCAA Division I Softball Championship Sport Committee announced its first top-10 ranking of the season during tonight’s Oregon vs. Arizona game.

The committee selected Florida as the No. 1 team in the country with games played through April 20. The Gators are 41-3 overall and 15-2 in SEC play.

“While there is still a lot of softball left to be played, this ranking was a great exercise for the committee. We had a robust discussion surrounding several selection criteria and were able to utilize dialogue from the eight regional advisory committees to rank the teams who we feel have already built impressive resumes,” said Keisha Dunlap, chair of the committee and Senior Associate Commissioner at Conference USA.

“These rankings are a chance to spread awareness and exposure, and provide education and engagement to fans, media and the general public. We had great discussions regarding the teams and look forward to our next ranking in a few weeks.”

Arizona earned the second slot with a 43-3 overall record and 13-2 mark in Pac-12 play. Texas A&M is ranked No. 3 at 37-5 including a 11-3 record in SEC play. Florida State follows at No. 4 with a 41-3-1 record and unblemished 18-0 mark in ACC league competition.

Auburn rounds out the top five with a 37-7 record and a 10-5 record against its SEC opponents. The remainder of the top 10 includes Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Tennessee and UCLA.

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These ranking announcements will have no bearing on the final bracket, which will be revealed at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, May 14, on the NCAA Division I Softball Selection Show, aired on ESPNU.

The ranking is based on the criteria used to select and seed the 64 teams for the Division I Softball Championship and include strength of schedule, Rating Percentage Index, head-to-head competition, results versus common opponents, significant wins and losses and locations of contests. Additionally, input is provided by the regional advisory committees for consideration by the Division I Softball Committee.

Top 10 ranking (record through games played by April 20):

1.              Florida (41-3)
2.              Arizona (43-3)
3.              Texas A&M (37-5)
4.              Florida St. (41-3-1)
5.              Auburn (37-7)
6.              Washington (32-10)
7.              Oregon (37-4)
8.              Minnesota (40-3)
9.              Tennessee (39-5)
10.            UCLA (30-12)

4-25-2017 NPF Draft led by Burroughs

Jessica Burroughs of Florida State University Selected #1 Overall by the USSSA Florida Pride

NASHVILLE, TENN. (April 24, 2017) – Right handed pitcher Jessica Burroughs from Florida State University selected #1 Overall by the USSSA Pride in the 2017 National Pro Fast Pitch (NPF) College Draft presented by 2XU. The SEC conference led all conferences with 9 total picks.

First Round
1. USSSA Pride – Right-handed Pitcher Jessica Burroughs (Florida State)
2. Akron Racers – Right-handed Pitcher Sara Groenewegen (Minnesota)
3. Chicago Bandits – Catcher and Infielder Sahvanna Jaquish (LSU)
4. Chicago Bandits – Right-handed Pitcher Sierra Hyland (Cal Poly)
5. Texas Charge – Outfielder Bailey Landry (LSU)
Second Round:
6. Texas Charge – Third Baseman Katiyana Mauga (Arizona)
7. Akron Racers – Right-handed Pitcher Megan Betsa (Michigan)
8. Chicago Bandits – Left-handed Pitcher Danielle O’Toole (Arizona)
9. USSSA Pride – Infielder Alexis “Mo” Mercado (Arizona)
10. USSSA Pride – First-baseman Alex Powers (Florida State)
Third Round
11. Akron Racers – Utility Chloe Miller (Wisconsin)
12. Scrap Yard Dawgs – Left-handed Pitcher Delanie Gourley (Florida) . Gourley was then traded to Texas Charge for their No. 13 and No.25 picks.
13. Scrap Yard Dawgs – Infielder Ali Aguilar (Washington)
14. Texas Charge – Left-handed Pitcher Haley Chambers-Book (SIU-Edwardsville)
15. Akron Racers – Outfielder Megan Geer (Tennessee)
Fourth Round
16. Akron Racers – Outfielder Sydni Emanuel (Georgia)
17. Scrap Yard Dawgs – Infielder Hannah Flippen (Utah)
18. Scrap Yard Dawgs – Infielder Nikki Udria (Orgeon)
19. USSSA Pride – Outfielder Mandie Perez (Arizona)
20. USSSA Pride – Outfielder Kelly Christner (Michigan)
Fifth Round
21. Akron Racers – Outfielder Nicole Schroeder (Arkansas)
22. Texas Charge – Utility Lindsey Cargill (Baylor)
23. Akron Racers – Infielder Maddy Grimm (Kent State)
24. Akron Racers – Left-handed Pitcher Alexis Silkwood (Mississippi State)
25. Scrap Yard Dawgs – Infielder MJ Knighten (Nebraska)
26. Scrap Yard Dawgs – Utility Morgan Zerkle (Marshall)

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success.  The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, and Canada, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball. For additional information on NPF, please visit:  profastpitch.com.
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4-25-2017 Top Five Still lead USA Softball Poll

Top 5 remains unchanged as Florida, Arizona, Florida State, Texas A&M, and Minnesota maintain ranking in Week 11 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — With an overall record of 20-2 on the week, the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 5 teams remain the same in this week’s poll USA Softball announced today. Following a 4-0 week at home, the No. 1 Florida Gators (44-3) captured a majority of first-place votes with 17, while the remaining three were split evenly among No. 2 Arizona (45-4), No. 4 Texas A&M (40-5), and No. 5 Minnesota (43-3).

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After a midweek game which resulted in Florida ousting in-state opponent UCF 9-1 in six innings, the Gators moved on to their three-game Southeastern Conference (SEC) series against then-No. 20 Ole Miss (31-16). Florida proceeded to outscore and shut out Ole Miss 10-0 over the course of the weekend, leading to their second-straight series sweep over Ole Miss and extending their win streak out to nine games. Florida resumes action this weekend for a Top 10 matchup against No. 8 Tennessee (41-6) in Knoxville, Tenn.

Ranked at No. 2 is Arizona, who went 4-1 on the week, including a weekday doubleheader sweep over New Mexico State in which the Wildcats outscored the Aggies 19-1 on the road. Arizona returned home to face then-No. 6 Oregon (38-6) where they earned the series win after defeating the Ducks in the first two meetings.  The Ducks avoided the sweep by claiming the series finale against the Wildcats, winning 4-3.  The Wildcats continue their homestand this week welcoming in-state Pac-12 opponent, No. 23 Arizona State (27-14).

No. 3 Florida State (43-3-1) maintains their spot in the poll after posting a 4-0 week on the road. A pair of wins over Troy began the week for the Seminoles before they traveled to Louisville, Ky. for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) series against Louisville. The Seminoles posted an 11-0 (five inning) win over the Cardinals in game one to clinch the 2017 ACC regular season championship before playing an additional 10 innings in game two to pull off the 4-3 victory. Florida State has begun Week 12 of play by completing their series sweep over Louisville and will continue this week by returning home to welcome North Carolina.

Despite falling to then-No. 18 Louisiana (36-6) 11-9 in their first game of the week, Texas A&M completed their week with a series sweep over then-No. 23 Georgia (30-18) at home to keep their No. 4 ranking. Against Georgia, the Texas A&M pitching staff held the Bulldogs to just three runs in the series opener before winning back-to-back shutouts to complete the series sweep. Texas A&M will travel to Lexington, Ky. for a weekend series versus No. 19 Kentucky (30-13).

Claiming the No. 5 spot for the second-straight week is Minnesota, who went 5-0 on the week. Following a midweek doubleheader in which the Gophers collected a pair of wins over the Wisconsin Badgers, the bats remained hot as they posted 5-0, 9-1 (five innings), and 3-0 wins over Iowa. Minnesota returns to action Wednesday to face North Dakota State in a doubleheader before playing Purdue this weekend.

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Oregon stayed in place after going 1-2 on the week and dropping their three-game series to No. 2 Arizona; Oklahoma (41-8) rises one spot to No. 7 following their 3-1 week including a series win over then-No. 13 Baylor (36-9); No. 8 Tennessee rises one spot after claiming another SEC series win over then-No. 16 LSU (34-14); No. 9 Washington (34-10) also moves up one spot after posting a solo win over UAB prior to back-to-back victories over then-No. 12 Alabama (37-11); No. 10 Auburn (39-8) falls three spots despite having a 3-1 showing for the week including their series win over South Carolina.

New to the poll this week is No. 22 Illinois (34-11), who bested Nebraska twice in a three-game, Big Ten Conference series on the road.  Dropping out of the Top 25 is last week’s No. 25 Ohio State (28-13), who suffered a Big Ten series loss at the hands of Michigan State.

The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 10 USA Softball Regions as well as members of the National and Local media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

About the NCAA Women’s College World Series
USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field serves as the home to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS). For the 27th year, the top eight college teams in the nation will head to Oklahoma City and compete for a national championship. Last year, over 78,000 fans attended the WCWS. Be there to Share The Experience with softball fans from across the country June 1-7  in Oklahoma City. Tickets for the 2017 NCAA WCWS are on sale now, click here to purchase your tickets and secure your championship experience!

4-25-2017 Florida Dominates Softball Poll

College softball rankings: Florida strengthens hold on No. 1 in latest USA Today/ NFCA Coaches poll

Last Updated – Apr 25, 2017 10:52 EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following another dominant week, Florida strengthened its hold the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Gators (44-3) collected 30 first-place votes and 798 of a possible 800 points.

USA Today/ NFCA Coaches poll

Florida put together a 4-0 week, which saw its NCAA-best pitching staff allow one run over the course of 26 innings. After a 9-1 mid-week win over in-state foe UCF, the Gators’ pitching staff surrendered just seven hits as they shutout then-No. 18 Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference sweep by the scores of 2-0, 3-0 and 5-0. With three more shutouts, UF has posted 28 on the season, including 14 over Top 25 competition, and lowered its NCAA-best ERA to 0.70.

Florida State also picked up four wins last week and remained at No. 2 with 754 points. The Seminoles (43-3-1) swept a mid-week twinbill at Troy (9-3, 2-0) and opened their road ACC series at Louisville with two triumphs over the Cardinals (11-0, 4-3 in 10 inn.).

Arizona, which earned a first-place vote, also stayed put, holding on to the No. 3 ranking following a 4-1 week. The Wildcats (45-4) took care of business in a mid-week doubleheader at New Mexico State (8-0, 11-1) and claimed the first two games in home a Pac-12 matchup versus No. 6 Oregon (2-0, 10-7) before dropping the finale, 4-3.

Minnesota and Texas A&M switched positions as the Gophers (43-3) took over the No. 4 ranking, their highest in program history. Minnesota, who picked up the final first-place vote, won five Big Ten contests, topping RV Wisconsin (6-0 in 12 inn., 12-1) on the road and taking all three at home from Iowa (5-0, 9-1, 3-0). The Aggies (40-5) slipped up in mid-week action, coming up short in a comeback bid against then-No. 17 Louisiana (9-11) before sweeping No. 22 Georgia (10-3, 1-0, 2-0) in SEC action.

Oregon did not move from No. 6 after dropping a Pac-12 series at No. 3 Arizona. No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 8 Washington each moved up one position. The Sooners (41-8) enjoyed a 3-1 week, which included a crucial Big 12 series win over No. 15 Baylor. OU grabbed a 3-2 10-inning triumph in game one and clinched the series with a 6-0 shutout in the finale. The Bears (36-9) 4-3 victory in game two snapped the Sooners’ 17-game winning streak as well as their 25 consecutive victories in conference play and 33-game home winning streak.

Washington had a successful cross-country trip to the Heart of Dixie, defeating UAB (8-0) and trumping No. 13 Alabama (3-2, 3-0) in a two-game series at Rhoads Stadium. It was the Huskies (34-10) first sweep of the Tide since a 2007 Super Regional matchup.

Auburn slipped to No. 9 after a 3-1 week, while Utah remained at No. 10. The Tigers (39-8) knocked off Kennesaw State at home and claimed a SEC series win on the road, taking the first two games from RV South Carolina (2-0, 2-0). In a closely-contested Pac-12 series, the Utes (30-9) rebounded from a 9-8 loss in the opener to claim the series with 7-6 and 2-1 victories at No. 23 Arizona State.

Making its first appearance of 2017 is Marshall at No. 25, replacing Illinois, who appeared for the first time last week.

The 2017 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.  Records reflect games played through April 23.

Last Updated – April 25, 2017
1 Florida (30) 798 44-3 1
2 Florida State 754 43-3-1 2
3 Arizona (1) 741 45-4 3
4 Minnesota (1) 694 43-3 5
5 Texas A&M 685 40-5 4
6 Oregon 623 38-6 6
7 Oklahoma 584 41-8 8
8 Washington 572 34-10 9
9 Auburn 542 39-8 7
10 Utah 510 30-9 10
11 Tennessee 498 41-6 11
12 UCLA 437 33-12 13
13 Alabama 409 37-11 12
14 James Madison 382 39-6 14
15 Baylor 356 36-9 15
16 Louisiana 327 36-6 17
17 LSU 286 34-14 16
18 Kentucky 238 30-13 20
19 Michigan 223 34-10-1 19
20 Ole Miss 191 31-16 18
21 BYU 175 32-10 21
22 Georgia 99 30-18 22
23 Arizona State 83 27-14 23
24 Arkansas 46 28-17 24
25 Marshall 38 35-7 RV

Receiving votes: Illinois (31), Tulsa (21), Mississippi State (13), South Carolina (11), Texas State (8), Missouri (6), North Carolina (5), Florida International (5), California (4), Saint Francis (Pa.) (4), Ohio State (1).


4-23-2017 DI Summary Statistics

Batting Average »

Through games of April 23, 2017
Rank Name Team BA
1 Sydney O’Hara Syracuse .477
2 Morgan Zerkle Marshall .476
3 Meghan Gregg Tennessee .472
4 Lindsay Crowdus Memphis .470
5 Bailey Landry LSU .465
6 Lindsey Cargill Baylor .463
7 Jackie Schoff FIU .460
8 Kelly Kapp Bradley .459
9 Kacie Burnett Idaho St. .456
10 Marissa Reynolds Princeton .456

Earned Run Average »

Through games of April 23, 2017
Rank Name Team ERA
1 Kelly Barnhill Florida .17
2 Megan Good James Madison .49
3 Sara Groenewegen Minnesota .52
4 Jessica Burroughs Florida St. .80
5 Aleshia Ocasio Florida .86
6 Danielle O’Toole Arizona .93
7 Delanie Gourley Florida .94
8 Allie Walljasper LSU 1.02
9 Sierra Hyland Cal Poly 1.03
10 Sydney Littlejohn Alabama 1.05

Batting Average »

Through games of April 23, 2017
Rank Team BA
1 San Diego St. .359
2 James Madison .353
3 Florida St. .351
4 Arizona .346
5 Minnesota .344
6 Louisiana .342
7 Georgia .340
8 Tennessee .331
9 Baylor .330
10 Oregon .325

Earned Run Average »

Through games of April 23, 2017
Rank Team ERA
1 Florida .70
2 Arizona 1.17
3 Cal Poly 1.20
4 Minnesota 1.20
5 USC Upstate 1.36
6 Florida St. 1.37
7 Texas A&M 1.41
8 James Madison 1.44
9 Oregon 1.45
10 Alabama 1.53