3-12-2013 Oklahoma Unanimous Choice NFCA Poll

Oklahoma Becomes First Unanimous No. 1 of the Season In USA Today/NFCA Division I Poll

March 12, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the first time this season, the USA Today/NFCA Division I poll has a unanimous top-ranked team as Oklahoma (22-1) took advantage of a 1-3 week by previous No. 1 Alabama to ascend to the top position for the first time in 2013.

 

The Sooners, 4-0 during the past week with a pair of run-rule victories over both Northern Colorado and Drake, garnered all 31 possible first-place votes from the top 25 committee in receiving 775 points.

 

Arizona State (25-1) rose a spot to No. 2 after sweeping through its home-hosted Diamond Devil Invitational, while Florida (25-2) improved a position to third following a mid-week triumph over then-No. 1 Alabama and taking two of three match-ups during its initial Southeastern Conference series of the campaign at Auburn.

 

The Crimson Tide (23-3) fell to fourth after suffering its first defeat of the season against the Gators and dropping two-of-three match-ups during a SEC road set at then-No. 8 Tennessee.  No. 5 California (20-2) swept through the Bayer Crop Science Classic in Fresno, Calif., to climb a single spot back into the top 5.

 

Tennessee (21-4) leapt two notches to No. 6 following its high-profile series win over then-top-ranked Alabama, while Texas A&M (23-2) held steady at seventh after splitting a pair of contests at newly-eighth-ranked Missouri (10-2).  Texas (23-3) and Oregon (21-4) flip-flopped positions from the last poll, holding down ninth and 10th to round out this week’s Top 10, respectively.

 

No squads dropped out of the newest top 25, however, Louisiana-Lafayette (16-9) suffered the largest tumble, dropping from 15th to No. 22 after getting swept in a doubleheader at No. 9 Texas and losing two-of-three games to Western Kentucky.

 

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 Softball Poll – March 12, 2013

 

Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Previous Poll

1

Oklahoma (31)

22-1

775

2

2

Arizona State

25-1

733

3

3

Florida

25-2

706

4

4

Alabama

23-3

658

1

5

California

20-2

638

6

6

Tennessee

21-4

625

8

7

Texas A&M

23-2

593

7

8

Missouri

10-2

562

5

9

Texas

23-3

532

10

10

Oregon

21-4

493

9

11

Louisville

20-3

456

13

12

UCLA

22-4

415

11

13

LSU

19-5

403

12

14

Arizona

18-5

338

16

15

Michigan

17-6

330

14

16

Stanford

22-5

312

18

17

Kentucky

18-4

284

17

18

Washington

19-5

265

19

19

Baylor

22-3

240

20

20

Hawai’i

16-5

165

21

21

Tulsa

19-5

156

22

22

Louisiana Lafayette

16-9

130

15

23

Oregon State

20-4

113

23

24

North Carolina

18-6

49

25

25

Georgia

17-7

42

24

 

Dropped Out:  None

 

Others Receiving Votes:  Nebraska (21), Virginia Tech (21), South Alabama (14), Florida State (3), Iowa (3).

 

***First place votes in parentheses

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