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NFCA.org | February 20, 2019

College softball rankings: Florida State holds strong at No. 1 in NFCA poll after three top 10 wins

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Florida State posted a 6-0 mark at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational to strengthens its hold on the No. 1 ranking in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The defending champs received 29 of a possible 32 first-place votes and 793 points.

The Seminoles (11-0) knocked off three top-10 programs — then-No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 8 LSU — along with RV Ohio State, RV Minnesota and Florida Atlantic to remain perfect on the season.

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No. 2 UCLA and new-No. 3 Florida kept their perfect records intact as well. The Bruins (9-0) posted four wins in a weather-shortened weekend, while the Gators (11-0) enjoyed a 6-0 week, which included a 7-2 win at then-No. 14 Arizona State.

No. 6 Alabama, No. 10 Louisiana, No. 19 Indiana and No. 23 Texas Tech are the other undefeated programs after two weeks. The Crimson Tide (10-0) swept through the Hillenbrand Invitational, which included a 6-1 win over the hosts and then-No. 9 Arizona. The Ragin’ Cajuns (11-0) joined the top 10 following seven home wins last week, two of which came against RV California.

The Hoosiers (9-0) continued its hot start, second best in program history, rifling up five spots. IU swept four games at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge against Duke and Syracuse in Durham, North Carolina. 

New to the poll and the final undefeated team in the rankings is No. 23 Texas Tech. The Red Raiders (10-0) swept the competition at the Plainsman Invitational, recording three shutouts and a win over host and then-No. 21 Auburn.

No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 7 Tennessee and No. 9 LSU all competed at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, posting 4-1, 3-2 and 3-2 records, respectively. The Sooners (9-1) captured wins over then-no. 18 Kentucky, RV Notre Dame, FAU and then-RV Hofstra. 

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The Lady Vols (8-2) triumphed over RV Notre Dame, new-No. 24 Minnesota and then-RV Utah and also dropped a decision to then-No. 23 James Madison. The Tigers (9-2) defeated No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Texas and RV Ohio State and also fell to then-No. 19 Oregon.

No. 5 Washington and No. 8 Georgia also posted perfect weekends. The Huskies (8-1) earned wins over then-No. 25 Mississippi State, No. 12 Arkansas, UCF and North Dakota State in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, while the Bulldogs (9-1) breezed through its home weekend against Buffalo, Winthrop and Omaha, outscoring the competition 60-4.

Joining Texas Tech as top-25 newcomers are and No. 25 Illinois. Then-No. 17 Michigan, then-No. 22 Texas A&M and Mississippi State dropped out.

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 Feb. 17, 2019.

Through games Feb. 18, 2019:

RANK

SCHOOL

POINTS

RECORD

PREVIOUS

1 Florida State (29) 793 11-0 1
2 UCLA (2) 767 9-0 2
3 Florida 721 11-0 4
4 Oklahoma 708 9-1 3
5 Washington (1) 676 8-1 5
6 Alabama 614 10-0 7
7 Tennessee 561 8-2 6
8 Georgia 544 9-1 10
9 LSU 536 9-2 8
10 Louisiana 511 11-0 13
11 Texas 485 7-1 11
12 Arkansas 461 8-1 12
13 Arizona State 404 8-2 14
14 Arizona 393 6-4 9
15 South Carolina 366 7-2 15
16 Kentucky 269 6-5 18
17 Oregon 242 7-2 19
18 James Madison 227 3-2 23
19 Indiana 209 9-0 24
20 Oklahoma State 176 7-3 20
21 Baylor 144 7-4 16
22 Auburn 120 7-3 21
23 Texas Tech 89 10-0 RV
24 Minnesota 57 4-3 RV
25 Illinois 52 7-2 RV
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