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