5-7-2013 Oklahoma Retains Top Spoy in NFCA Poll

Make it Nine Straight Weeks at No. 1 for Oklahoma in USA Today/NFCA Poll

May 7, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite splitting a doubleheader at Kansas, Oklahoma (44-4) held on to its No. 1 spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll for the ninth straight week after receiving 29 of 31 possible first-place votes.

 

The Sooners currently maintain a healthy, 41-point advantage over No. 2 Florida (49-7). The Southeastern Conference regular-season champion Gators did manage to pick up a pair of first-place votes in this week’s rankings, however, after winning two-of-three contests during a road series at South Carolina (5-0, 3-2 in 8 inn., 1-2).

 

Oregon (45-7), the Pacific-12 Conference titlists, rose from fifth into the third position following a perfect 5-0 week that saw the Ducks nab both ends of a doubleheader from Seattle (4-0, 6-4) and sweep a series from in-state foe Oregon State (2-1, 11-0 in 5 inn., 8-0 in 5 inn.). Tennessee (43-9) held steady at No. 4, despite dropping two-of three match-ups at then-No. 11 Missouri, while Arizona State (43-9) lost a pair of contests during a three-game set at archrival Arizona to fall from third to fifth.

 

Big Ten Conference champion Michigan (44-9) made the largest jump in this week’s top 10, skyrocketing four positions from 10th to sixth after sweeping past Northwestern (2-1, 16-1 in 5 inn., 9-3). Texas (43-8) fell one slot to No. 7 after losing the first two games of its series at Oklahoma State (0-1 in 9 inn., 1-2) before rebounding to post a 7-2 win in the finale. Missouri (33-10) climbed two spots to eighth on the strength of its effort against the Lady Vols, while SEC Western Division rivals Alabama (41-12) and LSU (40-13) each suffered league series defeats to drop a pair of spots and hold down ninth and 10th, respectively.

 

Wisconsin (39-11) was bounced from this week’s poll following a series defeat at Michigan State, opening the door for Arkansas (34-17) to step into the Badgers’ former position at No. 25.

 

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 – May 7, 2013

 

Rank

Team

2013 Record

Totals

Previous Poll

1

Oklahoma (29)

44-4

773

1

2

Florida (2)

49-7

732

2

3

Oregon

45-7

721

5

4

Tennessee

43-9

658

4

5

Arizona State

43-9

647

3

6

Michigan

44-9

603

10

7

Texas

43-8

584

6

8

Missouri

33-10

563

11

9

Alabama

41-12

541

7

10

LSU

40-13

476

8

11

Louisville

45-10

467

9

12

Washington

36-14

422

13

13

Stanford

35-17

368

17

14

Texas A&M

39-14

361

14

15

UCLA

35-17

349

15

16

Nebraska

38-12

298

16

17

California

35-15

283

12

18

Kentucky

38-17

254

20

19

South Alabama

41-7

247

18

20

Hawai’i

40-11

184

19

21

Louisiana Lafayette

40-11

166

21

22

Baylor

39-14

113

22

23

Tulsa

41-13-1

76

24

24

USF

40-14

58

23

25

Arkansas

34-17

40

RV

 

Dropped Out:  No. 25 Wisconsin (39-11)

Others Receiving Votes:  Georgia (28), Arizona (17), Florida State (13), Notre Dame (11), Wisconsin (9), Hofstra (6), Western Kentucky (4), James Madison (1), Minnesota (1), UAB (1).

 

***First place votes in parentheses

 

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