3-13-2012 Bama Retains Lead in NFCA Poll

Alabama Tops USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll For Third Straight Week

March 13, 2012

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Still undefeated at 21-0, Alabama was tabbed as the nation’s best softball team for the third straight week in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday.

The Crimson Tide received 24 of 30 first-place votes this week, while No. 2 California (21-0) received the remaining six. In the rest of the top five, Washington (23-1) and Florida (23-2) traded spots at third and fourth, respectively, while Arizona State (25-2) rounded out the lead spots in fifth.

Alabama and California are two of the just five remaining undefeated teams in Division I softball this season, along with No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette (22-0), No. 14 Louisville (18-0) and No. 18 Hawai‘i (21-0). However, there will be one less undefeated team at the end of the coming week as California and Hawai‘i are scheduled to meet in Honolulu on Thursday.
The only team to fall from the rankings this week was No. 24 North Carolina (17-7), but did finish the voting at the top of the “Receiving Votes” category. After weeks of lingering just outside the Top 25, USF (19-4) finally made is 2012 debut in the rankings this week, tying at No. 24 with Big East rival DePaul (14-5).

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records as of March 11, 2012 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

Alabama (24)

21-0

743

1

2

California (6)

21-0

726

2

3

Washington

23-1

670

4

4

Florida

23-2

667

3

5

Arizona St.

25-2

633

5

6

Texas

19-1

589

6

7

Oklahoma

20-3

553

8

8

Georgia

21-3

524

7

9

Stanford

25-3

495

10

10

La.-Lafayette

22-0

462

11

11

Tennessee

15-5

447

9

12

Missouri

16-3

423

12

13

Arizona

16-4

385

13

14

Louisville

18-0

365

16

15

Baylor

16-5

301

15

16

UCLA

20-6

297

17

17

Oregon

18-3

271

18

18

Hawai‘i

21-0

255

19

19

Michigan

16-7

221

14

20

Auburn

21-3

210

20

21

Florida St.

20-3

156

22

22

Texas A&M

15-7

119

21

23

New Mexico

17-3

89

23

24

DePaul

14-5

41

25

24

USF

19-4

41

RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina

 

Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 24, Oregon St. 11, S.C. Upstate 8, Virginia 8, Kansas 6, Georgia Tech 4, Pacific, 4, Oklahoma St. 1, Tulsa 1

 

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