3-11-2014 March 11 NFCA DI Poll

NFCA MARCH 11 DI POLL

 

Florida Begins Fourth Straight Week on Top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite suffering its first defeat of the season in a 2-0 loss to Ole Miss, a 3-1 weekly effort, including an eventual Southeastern Conference series win over the Rebels, proved enough to keep Florida (24-1) at the top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball rankings for the fourth consecutive week.

The Gators picked up 27 of 32 possible first-place votes from the top 25 voting committee following a week that included a 7-3 win over Boston College and a two-games-to-one series triumph in Gainesville, Fla., over Ole Miss (L 0-2, W 10-3, W 2-0).

No. 2 Oregon (18-2) held steady and even added a pair of first-place nods this week despite not seeing any action over March 3-9.

A high-profile home series split versus then-No. 5 Michigan (W 4-1 in 8 inn., L 4-9) and an unbeaten, six-game run through the UCLA/CSUN Invitational improved No. 3 UCLA to its highest ranking of the season. The loss against the Wolverines marked the first of the 2014 campaign for the 23-1 Bruins.

Tennessee (21-2) dropped one position to No. 4 after going 5-1 in the friendly confines of Lee Softball Stadium in Knoxville., Tenn., but suffering a 3-2 upset loss to Western Kentucky. A 3-2 record, including victories over then-No. 5 Michigan, Wisconsin and Texas and one-run losses to then-No. 16 Nebraska and Fresno State at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., allowed Washington (19-4) to rise a spot to round out this week’s top five.

Arizona (23-3) rose a single slot to No. 6 on the strength of its 5-2 effort (3-2 at the Judi Garman). Arizona State (26-3) rebounded from a tough prior week to sweep through seven contests, including five at the Judi Garman Classic, and leap from No. 10 to No. 7. Michigan (16-6) split a pair of games at then-No. 4 UCLA and posted a 2-3 record at the Judi Garman, with losses to then-No. 10 Arizona State, then-No. 6 Washington and Houston, to lose ground from fifth into the eighth spot. A series victory over Mississippi State wasn’t quite enough to keep Kentucky (18-3) from dropping from eighth to ninth, while Alabama (20-4) utilized its three-game sweep of South Carolina to re-join the top 10.

Losses by former No. 24 LSU (17-8) and No. 25 USC Upstate (22-2) helped exclude the duo from the March 11th edition of the rankings, opening the door for the entrances of Auburn (19-4-1) and Northwestern (15-5) at 24th and 25th, respectively.

 

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Current 2014 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – Week 5 – March 11, 2014

Rank

Team

2014 Record

Totals

Last Poll Rank

1

Florida (27)

24-1

794

1

2

Oregon (2)

18-2

755

2

3

UCLA (3)

23-1

734

4

4

Tennessee

21-2

719

3

5

Washington

19-4

614

6

6

Arizona

23-3

605

7

7

Arizona State

26-3

597

10

8

Michigan

16-6

582

5

9

Kentucky

18-3

548

8

10

Alabama

20-4

504

11

11

Florida State

20-3

499

9

12

Baylor

17-4

459

12

13

Texas A&M

19-5

411

13

14

South Alabama

19-3

383

14

15

Georgia

21-2

313

18

16

Missouri

13-5

297

15

17

Nebraska

15-8

277

16

18

Minnesota

17-3

266

17

19

Oklahoma

17-6

252

19

20

Tulsa

18-3

206

20

21

Stanford

22-6

159

22

22

Notre Dame

17-4

137

21

23

Louisiana Lafayette

15-5-1

115

23

24

Auburn

19-4-1

68

RV

25

Northwestern

15-5

31

RV

 

Dropped Out:  No. 24 LSU (17-8), No. 25 USC Upstate (22-2)

 

Others Receiving Votes:  LSU (25), DePaul (11), Mississippi State (11), USC Upstate (10), Hofstra (4), Arkansas (3), USF (3), Louisville (2), N.C. State (2), San Diego State (2), Fresno State (1), James Madison (1).

 

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