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NFCA | March 5, 2019

College softball rankings: Florida State unanimous No. 1 in USA Today/NFCA DI Top 25 Coaches Poll

Danielle Gibson's historic home run cycle headlines softball's top plays

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Florida State remained undefeated with four wins last week and is the unanimous No. 1 for the first time this season in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Seminoles (21-0) captured all 32 first-place votes and 800 points.

Rank School Totals Record Previous Rank
1 Florida State (32)  800 21-0 1
2 UCLA 764 17-1 2
3 Oklahoma 720 15-2 4
4 Florida 711 21-2 3
5 Alabama 669 20-0 6
6 Washington 646 16-3 5
7 Tennessee 601 16-2 7
Georgia 546 18-2 8
9 Texas 525 16-3 9
10 LSU 480 18-4 10
11 Louisiana 449 15-3 11
12 Arizona 431 14-5 12
13 South Carolina 423 17-2 13
14 Arkansas 396 18-3 14
15 Texas Tech 319 17-1 18
16 Arizona State 287 15-6 15
17 Indiana 271 17-2 16
18 Kentucky 247 12-7 17
19 Oklahoma State 207 14-5 21
20 Auburn 199 16-4 22
21 James Madison 163 7-4 19
22 Minnesota 113 11-6 23
23 Wisconsin 86 17-2 NR
24 Oregon 72 11-7 20
25 Michigan 51 9-8 NR

FSU was one of three programs to reach the 20-win plateau last weekend as it extended its winning streak to 27 games. The Noles swept their competition in Orlando, knocking off Toledo, RV Louisiana Tech, Dartmouth and host UCF.

The top 10 teams remained the same except for a few flip-flopping positions with the most significant movement in the bottom half of the poll as No. 15 Texas Tech (17-1) climbed three spots and No. 24 Oregon (11-7) dropped four positions. Joining for the first time in 2019 in Wisconsin (17-2) at No. 23 and returning after an one-week absence is No. 25 Michigan (9-8), giving the Big Ten four programs in the top 25. The Wolverines (9-8) went 3-0 at the Judi Garman with two top-five wins over No. 2 UCLA and then-No. 5 Washington.

UCLA continued at No. 2 with a 3-1 week, including a 2-1 mark at a weathered-shortened Judi Garman Classic. The Bruins (17-1) knocked off then-No. 3 Florida twice (7-1 / 4-0) and UConn (4-0), but did suffer their first defeat of the season to Michigan (1-3). 

MAKING HISTORY: Arkansas' Danielle Gibson records a home run cycle

Moving into the No. 3 spot is Oklahoma (15-2), which defeated then-No. 25 Oregon State (3-0) and No. 11 Louisiana (8-0) at home in another tournament that was cut short due to inclement weather and unseasonably cold weather.

The Gators (21-2) slipped to No. 4 after a 3-2 trip to California in which they picked up three one-run wins, two in extra innings, at the Judi Garman. UF edged New Mexico and then-No. 5 Washington, 1-0 in eight innings and Oregon, 2-1.

Alabama inched up to No. 5 and is the only other undefeated team in the Top 25 at 20-0. The Crimson Tide picked up five more wins, at UAB and four at home against Michigan State, Southern Miss twice and St. Francis.

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The Huskies (16-3) fell to No. 6, going 2-2 at the Judi Garman. UW edged then-No. 22 Auburn 8-6 in nine innings and host Cal State Fullerton, 2-0 but suffered close defeats to Florida and Michigan.

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Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and LSU round out the top-10 with the Lady Vols (16-2) as the only program who enjoyed an undefeated week. The Bulldogs (18-2) and Tigers (18-4) each suffered one loss, going 4-1 and 5-1, respectively. The Longhorns (16-3) opened their week with four wins – Houston Baptist, Wisconsin, then-No. 15 Arizona State and Princeton – before dropping their final two to the host Sun Devils and Badgers.

The 2019 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. The records reflect games played through March 3, 2019.

The 2019 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA’s Division I Conferences. Record reflect games played through March 3, 2019.
 

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