softball-d1 flag

Brian Stanley | NFCA | February 21, 2017

Florida State takes top spot in NFCA DI poll

  For the first time in program history, Florida State is the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY/NFCA DI Coaches Poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the first time in program history, Florida State is the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Seminoles (10-0), who are off to their best start since 2012, garnered 18 first-place votes and 776 points to leapfrog Auburn, which received 10 first-place votes and 762 points.

Since the poll’s inception in 1995, Florida State climbed as high as No. 2 in 2004, a spot it held for four weeks during regular season. Last week, the Seminoles won five contests, four via a shutout. Playing in the friendly confines of JoAnne Graf Field, FSU blanked Florida A&M 5-0 before sweeping through the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. After edging Northwestern 3-2, Florida State did not allow a run the rest of the weekend, shutting out the Huskies 7-0 and Nebraska 9-0 and 8-0.

The second-ranked Tigers (9-1), won all six of their contests. Following a 4-3 eight-inning victory over SIUE in their home opener, Auburn outscored its opposition 39-5 at its annual Plainsman Invitational.

RANKINGS: Full USA TODAY/NFCA Coaches Top 25

Last week’s No. 1 team, Florida, also opened up at home last week hosting the Aquafina Invitational. The Gators (10-1) finished 4-1 in the home-opening tournament, defeating Florida A&M 8-1, FIU 5-0 and Northwestern State twice 9-3 and 10-0, but they dropped a 4-2 decision to Maryland. In a midweek road contest, the Gators, who received  three first-place votes, blanked Jacksonville 6-0.

Staying at No. 4 is Oklahoma, who posted a 4-0 mark at Houston’s Rawlings Classic, which included a pair of eight-inning triumphs over the host Cougars 7-5 and 2-1, along with victories over Incarnate Word (14-0) and Ole Miss (11-8).

Jumping four spots to No. 5 is Oregon, who went 3-0 at the rain-shortened Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, including a win over No. 22 Kentucky, which saw the Ducks (9-0) rally from a 4-1 deficit in the final two innings.

UCLA, LSU and Washington remained at No. 6, 7 and 8. The Bruins (10-1) split with No. 22 Kentucky (6-2, 1-2 in 11 inn.) and went 4-0 at the Mary Nutter. The Tigers (9-1) swept through their competition at Tiger Park, including a 4-0 mark during the Purple & Gold Challenge. The Huskies' (7-1) weather-shortened week included three wins at the Campbell Cartier Classic and a mid-week victory over Long Beach State.

Arizona improved to 11-0 after a perfect 6-0 outing at its Wildcat Invitational and moved up a spot to No. 9 in the poll. Outside of a 2-1 win over North Dakota State, the Wildcats cruised to their other five wins, outscoring the opposition 54-3, including a 21-0 victory over Drake.

Rounding out the top 10 is Alabama, which fell five positions after dropping two of three at then-No. 18 Louisiana. The Crimson Tide won the opener 3-0 but dropped the final two games of the series at Lamson Park, 11-2 and 7-0. Alabama opened the week with a home win over South Alabama, 3-1. 

The Seminoles, Ducks and Wildcats are three of 10 undefeated programs in the top 25 this week led by No. 11 Georgia, which has won an NCAA-best 12 games to start the season. Also included in the group is No. 12 Minnesota (9-0), off to a program-best start, No. 15 Tennessee (9-0), No. 17 Utah (7-0), No. 18 Texas A&M (10-0), No. 19 Pittsburgh (9-0), which received one first-place vote and poll newcomer No. 21 Arizona State (9-0).

The USA TODAY/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.  Records reflect games played through Feb. 19.

2019 NCAA softball tournament: A complete guide to the super regionals

The 2019 NCAA Division I softball super regionals tournament kicks off Thursday with the first set of games. Here’s everything you need to know about the 16 teams that remain in the hunt a spot at the 2019 women’s college world series. 
READ MORE

5 teams and golfers to watch for the 2019 DI women's golf championship

Here is a preview for the 2019 NCAA DI women's golf championships. The 2019 national championships are May 17-22 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
READ MORE

Can Florida State baseball make the NCAA tournament in Mike Martin's final season?

The Florida State baseball team has never missed the NCAA Tournament under Mike Martin, and the perfect script for his 40th and final season would have him reaching the College World Series for the 17th time and winning his first national championship.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners