Oklahoma receives all first-place votes to stay at No. 1; Ariz. St. climbs to No. 3
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Oklahoma (43-3) is once again the unanimous choice for No. 1, holding down the top spot of the USA Today/NFCA coaches' poll for the eighth consecutive week after picking up all 31 possible first-place votes from the top-25 committee.
The Sooners demonstrated their power this past week, knocking off North Texas (12-1 in 6 inn.) in a mid-week tilt before easing past Iowa State during a three-game Big 12 series. The Crimson & Cream outscored the Cyclones by a 44-1 clip while recording three consecutive run-rule victories.
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After receiving four first-place nods a week ago, Florida (47-6) managed to take two of three games of an SEC home series against Georgia.
Arizona State (42-7) raced past Pac-12 rival and then-No. 10 California (35-12) in a three-contest series to climb a pair of spots to No. 3, while Tennessee dropped a slot to fourth after suffering a 2-1 defeat in its lone matchup of the week versus Arkansas. Oregon (40-7) took two of three in its series at then-No. 16 UCLA to rise a position to No. 5.
Texas (42-6) improved one spot to No. 6 by rolling past Texas Tech (8-6, 4-1, 4-1), while Alabama (40-10) fell from fourth to seventh following a three-game sweep (3-2, 2-1, 4-3) at the hands of SEC Western Division rival and new No. 8 LSU (40-11).
No. 9 Louisville (44-8) dropped one position following a 2-2 week that included a pair of victories against Georgetown (8-0, 10-1) and single losses to both the Hoyas (2-4) and at then-No. 19 Kentucky (1-2). Michigan rounded out the top 10 at No. 10 after blasting Central Michigan (11-0) and dropping two of three matches at then-No. 20 Nebraska (1-6. 5-3, 4-7).
Previously-No. 23 Arizona (28-22) was dealt a three-contest road sweep at the hands of league foe Oregon State to drop completely out of this week’s top 25. Benefiting from the Wildcats’ stumble, Wisconsin (38-9) registered a perfect 5-0 week with a pair of wins versus Northwestern (3-1, 4-2) and a series sweep at Indiana (12-1, 3-0, 5-2) to re-enter the rankings in the 25th position.