Back-to-back NCAA WCWS champions Oklahoma hold No. 1 spot in the final 2017 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll
OKLAHOMA CITY — After securing back-to-back National Championship titles at the 2017 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), the Oklahoma Sooners (61-9) have earned the No. 1 spot in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll of the 2017 season USA Softball announced today. The Sooners, who finished their season with a 61-9 record, accumulated all 20 first-place votes.
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Heading into the postseason as the No. 10 national seed in the NCAA Championship, Oklahoma rallied through an opening loss against North Dakota State at the Norman Regional. The Sooners would post four-straight wins to advance to the Auburn Super Regional for a rematch against the 2016 NCAA WCWS runner-up Auburn (49-12). The Sooners would sweep the Tigers, 4-0 and 4-2, to punch their ticket to the NCAA WCWS. Opening the NCAA WCWS with a win over Baylor (48-15), Oklahoma saw wins against Washington (50-14) and Oregon (54-8) to secure their spot in the Championship Series against the No. 1 seed Florida Gators (58-10). The Sooners posted a 7-5 victory over the Gators in an epic 17-inning thriller, the longest game in the history of the NCAA WCWS, in Game One of the series before a 5-4 win in the second meeting earned the Sooners their second-straight NCAA title.
Coming in at No. 2 is Florida who put up a fight against the Oklahoma Sooners in the final NCAA WCWS Championship Series. The Gators began their postseason run by hosting a Regional where they earned wins over Florida A&M and Oklahoma State (38-25). Up next for the Gators was their Super Regional against the No. 16 seed Alabama Crimson Tide (47-17). After dropping a 3-0 loss in their series opener, the Gators bounced back with 2-0 and 2-1 wins to earn their eighth overall berth to the NCAA WCWS. Posting wins over Texas A&M (47-13) and LSU (48-22), the Gators locked in their spot in the Championship Series with a 5-2 win over Washington.
Oregon ends the 2017 season at No. 3 in the Top 25 Poll after their run at the NCAA WCWS. Emerging unbeaten from their Regional with wins against the University of Illinois-Chicago and Wisconsin, Oregon welcomed Kentucky (39-19) to Eugene for a Super Regional series. The Ducks swept the Wildcats 4-0 and 6-5 to earn a fourth trip to the NCAA WCWS, where the team would show resiliency after a 3-1 loss against Washington in their opener in Oklahoma City. Bouncing back with wins over Baylor and LSU, the Ducks would be eliminated by NCAA WCWS Champions Oklahoma.
The Washington Huskies land at No. 4 in the Top 25 Poll after reaching the NCAA WCWS for the 12th time in program history. Posting wins over Montana and Michigan (43-13-1) in the Seattle Regional, the Huskies advanced to the NCAA WCWS after besting Utah (37-16) in Super Regional action. Defeating Oregon 3-1 in their NCAA WCWS opener, Washington would drop a 3-1 decision to the Sooners and best UCLA (48-15) before a 5-2 loss to the Gators ended the Huskies season. Landing at No. 5 is UCLA, who went 5-0 on their home field during Regional and Super Regional play to claim their spot at the NCAA WCWS. Dropping a 2-1 decision to LSU to start the NCAA WCWS, the Bruins bested Texas A&M 8-2 before falling to Washington.
Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Baylor and No. 8 Texas A&M all advanced to the NCAA WCWS; No. 9 Arizona (52-9) swept their Regional before posting a 1-2 record against Baylor in Super Regional play; No. 10 Florida State (55-8-1) went 4-2 in postseason play.
New to the poll is No. 24 Illinois (39-20) who finished their season in Lexington, Ky. after falling to Kentucky in Regional play, and No. 25 Oklahoma State who finished at Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla. where they were eliminated by Florida.
The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 10 USA Softball Regions as well as members of the National and Local media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country.
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About the NCAA Women’s College World Series
USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field serves as the home to the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS). For the 27th year, the top eight college teams in the nation will head to Oklahoma City and compete for a national championship. Last year, over 78,000 fans attended the WCWS. Be there to Share The Experience with softball fans from across the country June 1-7 in Oklahoma City. Tickets for the 2017 NCAA WCWS are on sale now, click here to purchase your tickets and secure your championship experience!