4-16-2013 NFCA April 16 Poll

NFCA APRIL 16 POLL

Oklahoma Continues Reign at the Top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Poll 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma (37-2) maintained its unanimous hold on the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll, receiving all 31 possible first-place votes to sit at No. 1 for the sixth-straight week.The Sooners picked up a series sweep of Texas Tech (9-0 in 6 inn., 6-0, 13-7) over the weekend, and in the process, improved their winning streak to 10 straight games while establishing a new mark for the best start in program history.Arizona State (38-5), Florida (41-5), Alabama (37-6) and Tennessee (38-6) held firm in positions two through five, respectively. The second-ranked Sun Devils nabbed two of three match-ups from then-No. 14 Washington (1-3, 7-1, 2-1) in a high-profile Pacific-12 league series, and the No. 3 Gators topped USF during a mid-week tilt (9-1 in 6 inn.) before winning a hard-fought Southeastern Conference series at then-No. 18 Kentucky (7-4, 2-4. 6-3). The fourth-rated Crimson Tide stepped out of league action for the week, defeating both Mississippi Valley State (8-5) and UAB (11-0 in 6 inn.), and the fifth-ranked Lady Vols improved their winning skein to a season-best 15 games via a mid-week victory over Tennessee Tech (12-3 in 5 inn.) and a series sweep of Auburn (5-3, 6-1, 6-0).

In all, the top seven teams remained unchanged from last week as Texas (38-4) continued at No. 6 and Oregon (36-6) remained in the No. 7 position. The sixth-ranked Longhorns rolled past Iowa State in Big 12 play (8-0 in 5 inn., 12-4 in 5 inn., 7-2), while the seventh-rated Ducks easily swept past longtime Pac-12 rival Arizona, winning three match-ups from the ‘Cats by scores of 5-3, 8-0 in 5 inn., and 9-0 in 5 inn.

Louisville (37-6) utilized a perfect 5-0 week with wins at Providence (16-2 in 6 inn., 17-6 in 5 inn.) and versus Connecticut (3-2 in 8 inn., 8-0 in 6 inn., 4-1) to rise three slots and enter the top 10 for the first time in 2013 at No. 8. Michigan (35-7) also improved a trio of spots to ninth following its rout of Western Michigan (8-0 in 5 inn.) and a league sweep of rival Michigan State (21-2 in 5 inn., 11-2 in 6 inn., 8-7 in 8 inn.). A pair of defeats at then-No. 19 UCLA as part of a 2-2 week helped California (32-8) drop a single position as the Golden Bears rounded out this week’s top 10.

Just a week after entering the Top 25, former-No. 24 USC Upstate (35-5) and No. 25 North Carolina (33-15) were bounced right back out the poll as USF (35-12) and Louisiana-Lafayette (30-11) entered in those vacated spots, respectively.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 31 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.

 

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll – April 16, 2013

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, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rankings

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous

1 Oklahoma (31) 37-2 775 1
2 Arizona State 38-5 720 2
3 Florida 41-5 702 3
4 Alabama 37-6 680 4
5 Tennessee 38-6 657 5
6 Texas 38-4 624 6
7 Oregon 36-6 615 7
8 Louisville 37-6 533 11
9 Michigan 35-7 498 12
10 California 32-8 470 9
11 LSU 35-9 462 13
12 Missouri 24-6 457 8
13 Texas A&M 34-9 435 10
14 Washington 32-12 365 14
15 Hawaii 33-8 307 15
16 Stanford 28-12 303 16
17 Kentucky 31-12 274 18
18 UCLA 28-14 252 19
19 Baylor 33-10 228 20
20 South Alabama 37-7 163 23
21 Nebraska 30-9 157 22
22 Arizona 27-17 129 17
23 Tulsa 32-11-1 80 21
24 South Florida 35-12 41
25 Louisiana-Lafayette 30-11 37

Others receiving votes:

USC Upstate (20), Wisconsin (15), Virginia Tech (15), North Carolina (8), Florida State (8), Oregon State (7), UAB (7), Notre Dame (5), Minnesota (5), Houston (5), Georgia (4), James Madison (4), Arkansas (4), Iowa (2), Mississippi State (1), Hofstra (1).

Dropped out:

No. 24 USC Upstate (35-5), No. 25 North Carolina (33-15)

 

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