3-26-2013 Sooners Remain Atop NFCA Poll

Sooners Hold On to the No. 1 Ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Poll

March 26, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite suffering a 5-1 defeat to No. 11 Louisville while splitting a doubleheader (1-5, 9-1 in 5 inn.) against the Cardinals this past weekend in Norman, Okla., No. 1 Oklahoma (28-2) maintained its hold on the top spot of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll for a third consecutive week.

 

The Sooners, unanimous at No. 1 over the previous two ranking releases, still managed to garner 27 of 31 possible first-place nods in totaling 769 points.

 

Arizona State (31-3) picked up a single first-place vote to remain steady in the No. 2 position after winning two of three contests during its high-profile Pac-12 Conference series at then-No. 12 UCLA (2-3, 10-3, 5-4).

 

Florida (31-3) and Alabama (29-4) held firm at third and fourth, respectively, with the Gators receiving three votes from the committee as the top team in the nation.  UF routed USC Upstate (11-0, 5 inn.) during a mid-week match-up before sweeping a three-game Southeastern Conference series from Arkansas (8-0 in 6 inn., 5-2, 1-0), while the Crimson Tide topped Georgia State (9-1 in 5 inn.) and took two-of-three match-ups from league rival Auburn (8-0 in 6 inn., 4-7, 13-1 in 5 inn.).  No. 5 California (26-3) improved one position this week after rolling past Utah in a three-game set (6-0, 9-4, 4-1).

 

Tennessee (27-6) made the largest leap among the top 10 teams, jumping from eighth in last week’s poll to sixth after sweeping a tightly-contested series (8-6, 8-6, 5-4) from then-No. 5 Texas A&M (26-5) in Knoxville, Tenn.  Missouri (17-2) remained at No. 7 after taking both ends of a doubleheader from Georgia Tech in dominant fashion (8-0 in 5 inn., 16-0 in 5 inn.), while Texas (29-4) climbed one slot to eighth after topping then-No. 18 Baylor twice (4-0 in 9 inn., 5-1). The Aggies plummeted four spots to No. 9 following the aforementioned 0-3 effort versus the Lady Vols, while Oregon (25-4) secured a pair of one-run triumphs over then-No. 15 Stanford (4-3, 3-2) to remain at No. 10.

 

New to this week’s poll is South Alabama (27-5), making its first 2013 ranking appearance at No. 25 after taking the spot vacated by previously 22nd-rated Virginia Tech (18-6). The Hokies dropped out of the newest listing after losing both ends of an Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader to unranked N.C. State (2-10 in 5 inn., 2-9).

 

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 26, 2013

 

Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Previous Poll

1

Oklahoma (27)

28-2

769

1

2

Arizona State (1)

31-3

734

2

3

Florida (3)

31-3

723

3

4

Alabama

29-4

652

4

5

California

26-3

647

6

6

Tennessee

27-6

629

8

7

Missouri

17-2

601

7

8

Texas

29-4

542

9

9

Texas A&M

26-5

526

5

10

Oregon

25-4

514

10

11

Louisville

26-5

464

11

12

UCLA

24-6

417

12

13

LSU

27-6

413

13

14

Michigan

24-7

383

14

15

Stanford

22-7

324

15

16

Washington

23-8

293

17

17

Arizona

21-9

253

16

18

Hawai’i

25-7

226

20

19

Tulsa

26-6-1

215

19

20

Baylor

26-7

205

18

21

Kentucky

23-8

179

21

22

Georgia

25-7

126

23

23

Oregon State

22-5

91

24

24

Nebraska

22-6

67

25

25

South Alabama

27-5

40

RV

 

Dropped Out:  No. 22 Virginia Tech (18-6)

 

Others Receiving Votes:  Virginia Tech (26), Notre Dame (6), USC Upstate (4), Iowa (3), Florida State (2), McNeese State (1).

 

***First place votes in parentheses

 

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