4-23-2013 Florida Gains on OU in NFCA Poll

No. 2 Florida Cuts Gap But Can’t Displace Oklahoma From the Top Spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Rankings

April 23, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Make it seven consecutive weeks at the top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll for Oklahoma (39-3) as the Sooners picked up 27 of 31 possible first place votes to remain at No. 1.

 

Despite managing a high-profile series win at then-No. 6 Texas (6-1, 2-4, 5-3), the Crimson & Cream lost its unanimous status in the top spot as four voters chose to put their support for No. 1 behind second-rated Florida (45-5).

 

The Gators were 4-0 last week and now trail OU by 31 total points after topping Florida State (8-0 in 5 inn.) and sweeping a three-game set from upstart Longwood (5-1, 9-5, 8-0 in 6 inn.).

 

Winners of 19 consecutive contests, Tennessee (42-6) made the largest positive move in this week’s Top 10 as the Lady Vols leapt two positions from fifth to third after defeating Appalachian State (9-0 in 5 inn.) and posting three consecutive run-rule triumphs during a Southeastern Conference set at Ole Miss (12-4 in 5 inn., 15-5 in 5 inn., 9-1 in 5 inn.).

 

A 3-1 weekly effort with a victory over Southern Miss (11-0 in 5 inn.) and a series win over Mississippi State (2-3, 11-3 in 5 inn., 9-8) helped Alabama (40-7) hold steady at No. 4. Meanwhile, Arizona State (39-7) plummeted three positions from second to fifth after dropping its Pac-12 Conference set at Utah, two games-to-one (4-5 in 8 inn., 5-6, 6-4).

 

No. 6 Oregon (38-6) and No. 7 Texas (39-6) swamped slots from the previous rankings, while Louisville (42-6) remained at eighth after going 5-0 by taking both ends of a doubleheader from Pittsburgh (8-5, 15-0 in 5 inn.) and sweeping a road league series at Villanova (1-0, 5-4, 8-1). Michigan (39-7), currently riding a 21-game win streak, and California (35-9) held firm at ninth and 10th, respectively.

 

No new teams entered into this week’s ranking for the first time since back in the March 12th release.

 

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 – April 23, 2013

 

Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Previous Poll

1

Oklahoma (27)

39-3

767

1

2

Florida (4)

45-5

746

3

3

Tennessee

42-6

693

5

4

Alabama

40-7

665

4

5

Arizona State

39-7

648

2

6

Oregon

38-6

622

7

7

Texas

39-6

609

6

8

Louisville

42-6

573

8

9

Michigan

39-7

531

9

10

California

35-9

489

10

11

Missouri

26-7

465

12

12

LSU

37-11

430

11

13

Washington

34-13

392

14

14

Hawai’i

37-8

366

15

15

Texas A&M

35-12

307

13

16

UCLA

30-15

299

18

17

Stanford

29-15

256

16

18

South Alabama

40-7

236

20

19

Kentucky

34-14

226

17

20

Nebraska

34-10

203

21

21

Baylor

34-11

153

19

22

Louisiana Lafayette

34-11

126

25

23

Arizona

28-19

80

22

24

USF

37-13

67

24

25

Tulsa

33-13-1

34

23

 

Dropped Out:  None

 

Others Receiving Votes:  Florida State (22), Wisconsin (18), Arkansas (15), Georgia (8), Hofstra (6), North Carolina (4), James Madison (4), Mississippi State (4), UAB (4), USC Upstate (3), Houston (2), Notre Dame (1), Oregon State (1).

 

***First place votes in parentheses

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