2-12-2013 Alabama Retains NFCA Top Spot

Perfect Start Keeps Alabama on Top of USA Today/NFCA Rankings for Second Consecutive Poll

February 12, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A perfect 5-0 mark at the University of Northern Iowa Dome Tournament has allowed Alabama to maintain its position on top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball poll for a second straight week the Association announced on Tuesday.

 

The Crimson Tide picked up 21 of a possible 31 first-place votes, however, UA saw its advantage over No. 2 Oklahoma (5-0) trimmed from 20 points in the preseason poll to just nine tallies following the opening weekend.  The Sooners received 10 first-place nods after roaring through the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., going 5-0 with victories over then-No. 5 Oregon and then-No. 21 Stanford.

Arizona State (7-0) rose one position to No. 3 and Tennessee (5-0) leapt a pair of spots from sixth to fourth.  Florida (5-0) proved the poll’s biggest climber, racing all the way from 14th in the preseason to fifth after wins over then-No. 3 California, then-No. 5 Oregon and then-No. 13 Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic.

 

Texas (5-0), Oregon (4-2) and Missouri (0-0) sit sixth through eighth, respectively.  California (2-2) dropped from third to ninth, while LSU (4-1) rounded out this week’s top 10.

 

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 31 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Current 2013 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Previous Poll

1

Alabama (21)

5-0

763

1

2

Oklahoma (10)

5-0

754

2

3

Arizona State

7-0

710

4

4

Tennessee

5-0

668

6

5

Florida

5-0

610

14

6

Texas

5-0

604

7

7

Oregon

4-2

574

5

8

Missouri

0-0

557

8

9

California

2-2

532

3

10

LSU

4-1

516

10

11

Texas A&M

4-0

439

17

12

USF

3-1

433

12

13

Georgia

3-2

360

9

14

Michigan

3-1

352

15

15

Louisiana Lafayette

2-1

335

11

16

Arizona

3-2

285

13

17

Louisville

4-1

269

18

18

Washington

4-2

263

16

19

UCLA

3-1

224

19

20

Hawai’i

5-1

193

23

21

Hofstra

0-0

167

20

22

Stanford

4-2

147

21

23

North Carolina

3-2

93

22

24

Kentucky

4-2

79

RV

25

Florida State

4-0

74

25

 

Dropped Out:  #24 Baylor (3-2)

 

Others Receiving Votes:  Georgia Tech (30), Baylor (13), DePaul (10), Ohio State (8), Tulsa (7), Virginia Tech (3), Syracuse (2), South Alabama (1).

 

***First place votes in parentheses

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