2-19-2013 Alabama Tops NFCA Poll for Week 2

Alabama Continues Reign on Top of USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Rankings

February 19, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Unbeaten Alabama (10-0) continues its reign at the top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball rankings for a second consecutive week during the regular season after registering a 5-0 mark at the Florida Gulf Coast/LaQuinta Inn & Suites Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla.

 

The Crimson Tide reaped 20 of 31 possible first-place votes, but again saw No. 2 Oklahoma (10-0) trim into its advantage, cutting this week’s deficit from nine to just seven points after receiving 11 first-place nods.  The Sooners posted a perfect 5-0 mark at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., including victories over ranked foes then-No. 24 Kentucky (11-0, 5 inn.) and then-No. 18 Washington (2-0).

 

The remainder of the top five remained unchanged from the previous poll as Arizona State (12-0, unbeaten at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz.), Tennessee (10-0, unbeaten at the USF Four-Team Tournament in Tampa, Fla.) and Florida (12-0, unbeaten at the Florida Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.) maintain positions No. 3 through No. 5, respectively.

 

Texas (11-0) held steady in the sixth spot after a strong weekend at the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational in Houston, Texas, while Missouri (5-0, unbeaten at the UCSB Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif.) and California (7-2, unbeaten at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.) each climbed one spot to seventh and eighth, respectively.  Oregon suffered a 6-5 defeat to then-No. 20 Hawai’i at the Easton Desert Classic and, as a result, dropped two spots from seventh to ninth in this week’s poll.  Texas A&M parlayed an undefeated weekend at its home-hosted Aggie Classic into a one position jump from No. 11 to No. 10 in the latest ratings.

 

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 while first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

USA Today/NFCA Division I Poll — February 19, 2013 — Week Two 


Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Previous Poll

1

Alabama (20)

10-0

762

1

2

Oklahoma (11)

10-0

755

2

3

Arizona State

12-0

709

3

4

Tennessee

10-0

681

4

5

Florida

12-0

654

5

6

Texas

11-0

615

6

7

Missouri

5-0

579

8

8

California

7-2

535

9

9

Oregon

8-3

521

7

10

Texas A&M

10-0

505

11

11

LSU

10-1

497

10

12

Louisiana Lafayette

7-1

404

15

13

Georgia

6-2

386

13

14

Arizona

8-2

345

16

15

Michigan

6-2

327

14

16

UCLA

8-1

304

19

17

USF

6-3

287

12

18

Louisville

8-2

239

17

19

Hawai’i

8-4

230

20

20

Stanford

10-2

203

22

21

Kentucky

8-3

167

24

22

Washington

6-5

123

18

23

Florida State

7-2

58

25

24

Tulsa

7-3

53

RV

25

Baylor

10-2

46

RV

 

Dropped Out:  #21 Hofstra (2-3), #23 North Carolina (7-5)

 

Others Receiving Votes:  North Carolina (31), Virginia Tech (24), South Alabama (10), Ohio State (9), Oregon State (8), Hofstra (4), Georgia Tech (45).

 

***First place votes in parentheses

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