3-19-2013 Sooners Remain Unanimous Choice in NFCA Poll

Oklahoma Remains the Unanimous Choice for No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Ranking

March 19, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Make it back-to-back weeks for Oklahoma (27-1) as the nation’s unanimous No. 1-ranked team as the Sooners received all 31 possible first-place votes in the March 19 release of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll.

 

The Crimson & Cream continued their winning ways this past week at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., registering a 5-0 mark with five-consecutive shutout victories over Pacific (9-0, 5 inn.), N.C. State (3-0), then-No. 14 Arizona (4-0), Penn State (8-0, 5 inn.) and Cal State Fullerton (9-0, 5 inn.). Oklahoma has now equaled a school record with seven straight blankings, dating back to March 8, and hasn’t allowed a run over its last 40 innings of work from the circle.

 

No. 2 Arizona State (29-2), No. 3 Florida (27-3) and No. 4 Alabama (26-3) all held steady in the same positions from last week’s listing, while No. 5 Texas A&M (26-2) jumped two spots following a series sweep of Arkansas (2-1, 7-3, 9-1 in 5 inn.).

 

The second-rated Sun Devils were 4-1 at the Judi Garman Classic, topping Cal State Fullerton (9-0), then-No. 9 Texas (3-0), Virginia Tech (11-0) and Pacific (5-4, 8 inn.), while suffering a 5-4 defeat to then-No. 15 Michigan.

 

The third-ranked Gators utilized late dramatics to take a high-profile Southeastern Conference home set from then-No. 6 Tennessee, two games to one. UF secured the opener (6-5, 8 inn.) on a bases-loaded walk and lost on Saturday to the Lady Vols (1-3, 8 inn.) before rebounding during the series finale to register a 5-3 (8 inn.) triumph via a walk-off, two-run HR. Meanwhile, the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide swept a three-contest set at South Carolina, winning a trio of tight match-ups over the Gamecocks (6-4, 5-3, 7-6).

 

No. 6 California (23-3) dropped a single position after going 3-1 at the Chevron Spring Fling in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Golden Bears recorded shutout victories over then-No. 19 Baylor (3-0) and then-No. 20 Hawai’i (1-0) but also split a pair of match-ups against Syracuse (2-1, 1-8). Missouri (15-2) rose a single spot to seventh following a perfect 5-0 effort in sweeping a doubleheader from Evansville (3-1, 4-3) and a three-contest series at Ole Miss (11-0 in 5 inn., 6-1, 12-0 in 5 inn.). Tennessee (23-6), Texas (27-4) and Oregon (23-4) rounded out the new national top 10.

 

New to this week’s poll were 22nd-ranked Virginia Tech (18-4) and 25th-ranked Nebraska (18-5), taking positions vacated by former No. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette (19-11) and No. 24 North Carolina (19-10). The Hokies managed high-profile triumphs over then-No. 14 Arizona (9-2) and then-No. 15 Michigan (3-2) as part of its 3-2 week at the Judi Garman Classic, while the Huskers swept a pair of meetings from New Mexico State (4-1 in 10 inn., 8-0 in 5 inn.)

 

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 19, 2013

 

Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Previous Poll

1

Oklahoma (31)

27-1

775

1

2

Arizona State

29-2

735

2

3

Florida

27-3

708

3

4

Alabama

26-3

678

4

5

Texas A&M

26-2

632

7

6

California

23-3

619

5

7

Missouri

15-2

585

8

8

Tennessee

23-6

573

6

9

Texas

27-4

530

9

10

Oregon

23-4

503

10

11

Louisville

23-3

467

11

12

UCLA

23-4

426

12

13

LSU

23-5

413

13

14

Michigan

21-7

357

15

15

Stanford

22-5

335

16

16

Arizona

20-8

256

14

17

Washington

22-7

249

18

18

Baylor

25-5

233

19

19

Tulsa

23-5

204

21

20

Hawai’i

22-7

197

20

21

Kentucky

19-7

171

17

22

Virginia Tech

18-4

115

RV

23

Georgia

21-7

90

25

24

Oregon State

21-5

69

23

25

Nebraska

18-5

52

RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette (19-11), No. 24 North Carolina (19-10)

 

Others Receiving Votes: South Alabama (46), Louisiana-Lafayette (20), Mississippi State (15), Iowa (7), McNeese State (6), USC Upstate (6), North Carolina (1), Florida State (1), USF (1).

 

***First place votes in parentheses

 

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