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Brian Stanley | NFCA | March 6, 2018

Undefeated Washington stays atop the latest poll

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Washington knocked of Alabama twice and remained undefeated in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Huskies (23-0) received 29 first-place votes and 795 points as the Southeastern Conference (5) and Pac-12 (4) Conference own nine spots in the top-10.

Washington welcomed then-No. 11 Alabama to its home-opening tournament. The Huskies began their home campaign with an 8-0 victory over the Crimson Tide and topped them 4-1 the next day. UW also defeated Northwestern (8-2), BYU (7-4) and Portland State (4-1).

RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Washington (29) 795 23-0 1
2 Florida (1) 760 19-1 2
3 UCLA (2) 747 19-0 3
4 Tennessee 681 21-1 5
5 Oklahoma 671 13-2 4
6 Oregon 626 18-4 6
7 Texas A&M 605 18-3 7
8 LSU 583 19-2 10
9 Arizona 534 15-2 9
10 Auburn 485 23-2 12
11 Georgia 463 18-1 14
12 Baylor 450 11-3 8
13 Alabama 395 12-5 11
14 Arizona State 375 16-2 16
15 Florida State 360 15-6 13
16 Ohio State 276 11-1 19
17 California 262 18-3 15
18 South Carolina 256 19-1 20
19 Ole Miss 249 13-3 17
20 Louisiana 167 12-5 18
21 Long Beach State 157 16-4 22
22 Michigan 123 13-6 25
23 Kentucky 79 14-3 24
24 USC Upstate 62 18-0 NR
25 McNeese State 52 16-5 23

Florida, which received one first-place vote and 760 points, went 3-0 at a rain-shorted Judi Garman Classic. The Gators (19-1) did not allow a run as they defeated host Cal State Fullerton (13-0), Loyola Marymount (10-0) and then-No. 8 Baylor (4-0).

No. 3 UCLA, along with the top-ranked Huskies and new-No. 24 USC Upstate (18-0), are the only remaining undefeated teams in NCAA DI. The Bruins (19-0) posted a 4-0 record at the San Diego Classic I, which included a 12-4 triumph over then-No. 21 Minnesota.

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Tennessee and Oklahoma switched spots. The No. 4 Lady Vols (21-1) went 5-0 hosting the Tennessee invitational, while the No. 5 Sooners (13-2) defeated Abilene Christian and Missouri State twice during their Marriot Classic.

No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Texas A&M remained in their rankings. The Ducks (18-4) put forth a 6-1 showing in the Sunshine State. They swept a doubleheader from USF and went 4-1 at Florida State’s tournament. Oregon split with the host Seminoles, topping them 5-0 and falling 2-1 in a game that saw Duck Megan Kleist toss a no-hitter.

The Aggies (18-3) also went 6-1 last week. They swept Sam Houston State at home and added a 4-1 mark at their own Texas A&M Invite, splitting with Utah and topping Louisiana Tech twice and Texas State.

LSU moved from 10th to eighth, sweeping through their home tournament. No. 9 Arizona took a three-game road series from Texas, winning games one and three. Auburn joined the top-10 as the 10th-ranked Tigers (23-2) put together a 5-0 showing at their Wilson/DeMarini Tournament.

USC Upstate makes its first appearance in the top 25. The 24th-ranked Spartans added six victories to their resume, including a 5-0 mark at their Wings Etc. Classic. Minnesota fell out of the top 25 for the first time this season.

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 March 4.

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