4-19-2011 Michigan Tops NFCA Poll

Michigan Becomes Fifth No. 1 of 2011 Season in Latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

April 19, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the first time since February of 2006, Michigan (39-3) is the No. 1 softball team in the nation according to latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday. By climbing to the top spot this week, the Wolverines became the fifth different team to hold the prestigious position this season.

Michigan picked up 15 of the 30 first-place votes and finished 26 points ahead of previous No. 1 and this week’s No. 2, Arizona St. (39-5), who also picked up 12 first-place votes.  The other three first-place votes went to Georgia (39-6) who came in at third, while fellow SEC member Alabama (41-5) finished in fourth.  Rounding out the top five this week was Texas (37-4), who fell from third after going 3-1 during the past week.

After being ranked in every regular-season poll this season, Texas Tech (39-9) fell out of the rankings this week, finishing just five points behind No. 25 Auburn (32-12).  Filling the empty spot left by the Red Raiders was Notre Dame (31-8), which joined the rankings at 24th for the first time since the final regular-season poll of 2010.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records as of Apr. 17, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Michigan (15) 39-3 732 2
2 Arizona St. (12) 39-5 706 1
3 Georgia (3) 39-6 685 4
4 Alabama 41-5 650 5
5 Texas 37-4 645 3
6 Tennessee 38-6 614 6
7 Arizona 36-8 567 8
8 Florida 37-7 518 10
9 Washington 30-6 512 7
10 Stanford 30-8 462 11
11 UCLA 29-9 459 9
12 California 28-8 419 13
13 Missouri 35-5 416 14
14 Nebraska 31-8 330 12
15 Oklahoma 33-13 314 15
16 Baylor 34-8 306 16
17 Louisiana-Lafayette 36-6 270 18
18 Oklahoma St. 34-10 217 19
19 Texas A&M 33-11 198 22
20 Kentucky 31-10 193 20
21 Oregon 30-11 190 17
22 Georgia Tech 37-8 125 23
23 LSU 26-15 79 21
24 Notre Dame 31-8 55 RV
25 Auburn 32-12 29 24

 

Dropped Out: No. 25 Texas Tech

 

Others Receiving Votes: Texas Tech 24, Fresno St. 19, Pacific (CA) 5, Hawai‘i 3, New Mexico St. 3, Houston 2, Louisville 1, Tulsa 1

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