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Brian Stanley | NFCA | February 27, 2018

Washington extends hold on No. 1 in Coaches Poll

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following an 8-0 week, Washington extended its hold on No. 1 in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Huskies (18-0) received 29 first-place votes and 794 points as the top four spots remained the same.

UW opened its week with three road wins in the Lone Star State and continued with a perfect showing at the Mary Nutter Classic. The Huskies knocked off then-RV Notre Dame, then-No. 6 Texas A&M, RV Nebraska, Wisconsin and new No. 22 Long Beach State.

Florida, which received one first-place vote, edged out UCLA for the No. 2 spot by five points. The Gators (16-1) also went 8-0, notching all their victories at home. UF’s pitching staff posted five shutouts and limited their opponents to five runs. The third-ranked Bruins (15-0) also stayed undefeated and captured the final two first-place votes. UCLA capped off the Mary Nutter I with a 7-6 win over Grand Canyon before a perfect 5-0 showing at the Mary Nutter II, which included wins over RV Nebraska and then-No. 7 LSU.

No. 4 Oklahoma went 3-1 at the Mary Nutter. The Sooners (9-2) knocked off then-No. 17 Arizona State, BYU and North Carolina before dropping their closer to then-No. 13 Arizona.

After a 6-0 week at the Mary Nutter Classic, Tennessee catapulted six spots to No. 5. The Lady Vols (16-1) outscored their opponents, 42-5 and picked up two wins over Pac-12 foes, then-No. 5 Oregon and Oregon State.

No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Texas A&M slipped a spot each, while undefeated Baylor remained at No. 8. The Ducks (12-3) and Aggies (12-2) each went 3-2 at the Mary Nutter, with Texas A&M earning a 3-1 win over Oregon. The Ducks loaded schedule included wins over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State and then-No. 7 LSU and a 1-0 loss to Tennessee.

Along with the win over the Ducks, the Aggies knocked off then-RV Notre Dame and then-No. 19 California. After its tournament was canceled, Baylor picked up two road wins at Abilene Christian to remain perfect at 9-0.

Arizona returned to the top-10 at No. 9. The Wildcats (13-1) were a perfect 5-0 at the Mary Nutter and capped off the weekend with a 2-0 win over No. 4 Oklahoma. Rounding out the top 10 is LSU, which fell to the No. 10 position after a 4-2 week. The Tigers (14-2) won their first four games of the week, but closed out with losses to UCLA and Oregon.

Making its first appearance this season is Long Beach State (12-3) at No. 22, while No. 23 McNeese State (13-3) returns after a one-week absence. Dropping out are then-No. 18 Oklahoma State and then-No. 24 Utah.

The 2018 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. 25.

Rank School Points Record Previous
1 Washington (29) 794 18-0 1
2 Florida (1) 755 16-1 2
3 UCLA (2) 750 15-0 3
4 Oklahoma 653 9-2 4
5 Tennessee 617 16-1 11
6 Oregon 606 12-3 5
7 Texas A&M 603 12-2 6
8 Baylor 578 9-0 8
9 Arizona 558 13-1 13
10 LSU 555 14-2 7
11 Alabama 488 9-2 10
12 Auburn 415 17-2 12
13 Florida State 397 12-4 9
14 Georgia 387 13-1 14
15 California 324 15-1 19
16 Arizona State 309 13-2 17
17 Mississippi 284 9-2 16
18 Louisiana 264 11-3 15
19 Ohio State 232 11-1 21
20 South Carolina 168 15-1 T-24
21 Minnesota 151 10-4 22
22 Long Beach State 105 12-3 NR
23 McNeese State 75 13-3 NR
24 Kentucky 72 9-3 23
25 Michigan 58 8-6 20

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