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Brian Stanley | NFCA | March 19, 2019

UCLA softball stays on top of NFCA poll as Ole Miss cracks the top 25

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Following a Pac-12 series-opening sweep of Washington, UCLA strengthened its hold on No. 1 in this week’s 2019 USA Today / NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Bruins (25-1) collected all but one of the 32 first-place votes and 799 points.

UCLA opened the series with a pair of late-inning wins, 3-0 and 4-2 (8), before scoring a season-high in runs with a 15-6 victory over the Huskies (22-6) in the series finale.

No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Florida State, and No. 4 Alabama remained in their respective spots. The Sooners (25-2) outscored their opposition, 58-2, posting shutouts against Loyola Marymount, Dartmouth, and CSUN.

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The Seminoles (27-3) received the other first-place vote after capturing their ACC-opening series against RV Notre Dame. FSU defeated the Irish in games one (11-1) and three (5-0), but dropped a 7-4 decision in game two.

The Crimson Tide (31-0) continued to roll picking up six more victories in Hawai’i. Alabama is the first NCAA program to reach the 30-win mark in 2019 and remains the only undefeated squad in the poll.

Tennessee and Florida moved past No. 7 Washington for the No. 5 and 6 positions. The Lady Vols (22-4) enjoyed a 4-1 week, which included two wins over BYU and a split with then-No. 11 Texas at home. The Gators (24-5) knocked off UCF and split the first two games of their SEC series at then-No. 9 LSU.

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Rounding out the final three top-10 spots are No. 8 LSU, No. 9 Louisiana and No. 10 Texas. The Tigers (23-6) were 2-1 last week, defeating Troy, along with their at home split with Florida. The Ragin’ Cajuns (23-3) finished 5-0 last week, knocking off RV Baylor, Nicholls State and sweeping Troy in their Sun Belt-opening series. The Longhorns (25-6) went 4-1 with wins over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, BYU (2) and then-No. 6 Tennessee.

A red-hot Ole Miss squad enters this week’s poll at No. 24. The Rebels (21-7) have won seven straight and 13 of their last 14 contests, including triumphs over then-No. 14 Arkansas (2) and then-No. 18 Oklahoma State (2).

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 17, 2019.

Rank School Points Record Previous  
1 UCLA (31) 799 25-1 1  
2 Oklahoma 760 25-2 2  
3 Florida State (1) 717 27-3 3  
4 Alabama 703 31-0 4  
5 Tennessee 662 22-4 6  
6 Florida 621 24-5 7  
7 Washington 612 22-6 5  
8 LSU 546 23-6 9  
9 Louisiana 521 23-3 10  
10 Texas 506 25-6 11  
11 Arizona 459 21-7 12  
12 Georgia 417 25-6 8  
13 Kentucky 393 20-7 15 1
14 Texas Tech 383 27-2 13  
15 Arkansas 368 21-7 14  
16 South Carolina 307 21-7 16  
17 Auburn 289 26-4 20  
18 Arizona State 257 22-8 17  
19 James Madison 173 15-5 22  
20 Minnesota 170 19-8 21  
21 Oklahoma State 154 20-7 18  
22 Indiana 137 25-6 19  
23 Wisconsin 130 21-3 23  
24 Ole Miss 89 21-7 NR  
25 Michigan 54 15-10 25