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.
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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.