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Brian Stanley | NFCA | March 26, 2019

UCLA softball is unanimous No. 1 in NFCA poll as Virginia Tech earns ranking

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — UCLA continues its firm hold on the top spot as the unanimous No. 1 program in this week’s 2019 USA Today / NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The Bruins (27-1), who collected all 32 first-place votes and 800 points, extended their winning streak to 11 games with run-rule wins over Saint Mary’s (9-1) and CSUN (14-2) on Sunday in Northridge, Calif.

There was little movement in the top 10 as the first eight spots remained the same with Texas and Louisiana, switching the No. 9 and 10 positions. Joining the poll this week at No. 24 is a streaking Virginia Tech squad, which has won 10 straight and 16 of their last 17 games. The Hokies (27-4) are ranked in the poll for the first time since March 19, 2013.

No. 2 and No. 3 Florida State went a combined 9-0 last week. The Sooners (29-2) are rolling, topping North Texas and sweeping its Big 12-opening series at then-No. 14 Texas Tech. OU has won 19 straight this season and extended its conference winning streak to 28 contests. The Seminoles (32-3) scored at least eight runs in all five wins last week, including a ACC sweep of North Carolina State.

The last remaining undefeated team, No. 4 Alabama, suffered its first defeat of the season on the road in College Station, Texas. The Crimson Tide (33-1) picked up back-to-back 10-run wins over Texas A&M before suffering a 4-3 walk-off defeat in the SEC-series finale.

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No. 5 Tennessee posted a 4-1 week, earning two non-conference shutouts at Liberty and at North Carolina before picking up an SEC-series win over then No. 14 Arkansas. No. 6 Florida defeated then-No. 20 Minnesota and took two from Mercer in non-conference action, while No. 7 Washington opened its Pac-12 series with 6-3 and 14-2 triumphs at Oregon.

No. 8 LSU had a big weekend sweeping No. 12 Georgia in SEC play. After a mid-week win over Lamar, the Tigers (27-6) plated 24 runs in their first sweep of the Bulldogs in Athens since 2001.

Texas leapfrogged Louisiana for the No. 9 spot following a 4-0 week. The Longhorns knocked off Lipscomb on the road before returning home for a Big 12 sweep of Iowa State. The Ragin’ Cajuns (26-4) suffered a mid-week defeat against McNeese State at home, but rebounded in a big way, trumping South Alabama on the road by a combined score of 35-9 in a Sun Belt sweep.

Dropping out of the poll for the first time since week one was then-No. 22 Indiana.

RANKINGS: Check out all poll rankings

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 24, 2019.

Rank

School

Points

Record

Previous

1

UCLA (32)

800

27-1

1

2

Oklahoma

761

29-2

2

3

Florida State

732

32-3

3

4

Alabama

701

33-1

4

5

Tennessee

669

26-5

5

6

Florida

631

27-6

6

7

Washington

597

24-6

7

8

LSU

589

28-6

8

9

Texas

533

29-6

10

10

Louisiana

503

26-4

9

11

Arizona

502

24-7

11

12

Georgia

373

25-9

12

13

Arkansas

349

22-9

15

14

Auburn

340

28-5

17

15

Texas Tech

317

27-5

14

16

South Carolina

315

23-8

16

17

Arizona State

297

25-8

18

18

Kentucky

269

21-10

13

19

Minnesota

224

22-9

20

20

James Madison

199

19-6

19

21

Oklahoma State

129

23-9

21

22

Ole Miss

115

22-8

24

23

Michigan

102

19-10

25

24

Virginia Tech

81

27-4

RV

25

Wisconsin

43

22-5

23

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