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TFS Top 10 NCAA D-1 Softball
Week 14
Final Regular Season
May 11, 2015

1. Florida
2. Oregon
3. Michigan
4. Alabama
5. Oklahoma
6. Auburn
7. UCLA
8. LSU
9. Minnesota
10. Florida State

Oregon Slides Into No. 1 Spot in NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a wild and competitive week that witnessed only four top-25 programs go undefeated, Oregon becomes the third squad to claim the No. 1 ranking this season in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the Association.

The Ducks (30-4) are coming off a 5-1 week and received 18 out of a possible 32 first-place votes and 781 total points. Oregon closed out with a Pac-12 series win over then-No. 19 Washington taking the bookend games over the weekend. Behind Cheridan Hawkins’ perfect game, they triumphed in game one, 8-0, and after a 10-2 defeat in game two, the Ducks clinched the series with a 15-6 win. Oregon returns to No. 1, a spot it held for the final six weeks of the 2014 regular season.

Following a 2-2 week, LSU fell out of the top spot and comes in at No. 2 after receiving 12 first-place votes and 767 points. The Tigers (32-3) opened with an 8-0 victory over then No. 24 South Alabama, but suffered a pair of defeats in a SEC road series at then-No. 16 Kentucky (1-3 / 2-5) before salvaging the final game in Lexington (2-0).

Florida (32-4), Michigan (31-5), Alabama (25-7) and Oklahoma (28-5) held steady at three through six. The Gators and Crimson Tide wrapped up their series on Monday, splitting their twinbill in Tuscaloosa with UF taking game two (4-1) and Alabama avoiding the series sweep with a 5-1, game-three triumph. The Gators, who received a first-place vote, stayed on the road, taking two-of-three at RV Mississippi State (3-2 / 16-2 / 3-5).

The Wolverines put together a 3-1 week with a victory over in-state foe Western Michigan (8-2) and taking a Big 10 series from Iowa (6-0 / 7-4 / 4-6). After their series versus the Gators, the Tide trumped Georgia Tech (11-0) and won its league series against No. 23 Texas A&M (13-0 / 8-5 / 5-11).

Undefeated last week, the Sooners received one first-place vote and inched closer to the top five after scoring 43 runs in a three-game Big 12 road sweep of Texas Tech (9-1 / 13-5 / 21-6).

Joining Oklahoma as the other top-25 teams to go undefeated last week were No. 11 Tennessee (25-7), No. 16 UCF (34-5) and No. 24 James Madison (27-6). No. 25 Texas, which was receiving votes a week ago, moved back into the top-25 following a 5-0 week.

No. 7 Auburn (35-4) moved up a spot after going 3-2 on the road against then-No. 11 Florida State (7-10 / 10-4) and then-No. 20 Missouri (14-6 / 4-5 in 8 inn. / 10-8). The Seminoles (30-8) made their way back into the top 10 at No. 8. After FSU split with the Tigers, it shut out Pitt (8-0 / 7-0 / 3-0) in a home ACC series.

Rounding out the top-10 is Georgia (30-6), falling two spots to No. 9, and UCLA (30-6), which remained 10th for the second straight week.

As stated earlier, No. 25 Texas (23-9) enjoyed a 5-0 week with walk-off wins over UTSA (2-1 / 3-2) and three Big 12 victories at then-No. 22 Kansas (6-0 / 11-5 / 7-5) to slide into the top-25 for the first time since the second regular season poll. The Jayhawks fell out of the top Top-25 for the first time since entering on March 3.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.  Current 2015 records are shown and first-place votes are in parentheses.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – March 31, 2015

Rank

Team

2015 Record

Totals

Prev. Rank

1

Oregon (18)

30-4

781

2

2

LSU (12)

32-3

767

1

3

Florida (1)

32-4

732

3

4

Michigan

31-5

689

4

5

Alabama

25-7

667

5

6

Oklahoma (1)

28-5

661

6

7

Auburn

35-4

597

8

8

Florida State

30-8

517

11

9

Georgia

30-6

498

7

10

UCLA

30-6

480

10

11

Tennessee

25-7

476

15

12

Louisiana-Lafayette

27-5

473

9

13

Kentucky

23-9

436

16

14

Minnesota

27-4

415

12

15

Baylor

24-7

349

13

16

UCF

34-5

299

18

17

California

26-7

281

17

18

Arizona

28-9

264

14

19

Arizona State

24-11

245

21

20

Washington

31-9

240

19

21

Missouri

22-7

176

20

22

South Alabama

24-7

91

24

23

Texas A&M

25-9

82

23

24

James Madison

27-6

72

25

25

Texas

23-9

27

RV

New to Poll: No. 25 Texas

Dropped out: No. 22 Kansas (29-5) 

Others Receiving Votes: Kansas (25), Notre Dame (22), Mississippi State (13), North Dakota State (7), Western Kentucky (5), South Carolina (4), USC Upstate (2), Virginia Tech (2), UAB (2), Hofstra (2), Cal State Northridge (1).

Courtesy NFCA.org

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