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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Just a week after dropping out of the top position for the first time this season, Florida returned to familiar territory as the No. 1 team in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The Gators (38-3) received 26 first-place votes and 794 points as it picked up four road wins last week. They edged in-state rival UCF, 3-1 in a mid-week matchup and followed that with a three-game SEC sweep of Ole Miss in Oxford, outscoring the Rebels, 18-3.

After grabbing the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2011, Michigan (29-4) dropped the opener in a Big Ten series at RV Nebraska. The Wolverines, who received three first-place votes, were edged by the host Huskers, 1-0, but bounced back with 4-1 and 8-6 triumphs to claim the series.

Three through seven remained the same with No. 3 Auburn receiving two first-place nods and No. 4 Alabama one. The Tigers (37-4) went 4-0 in non-conference action, picking up a mid-week road win at Troy (8-1) before sweeping a closely contested three-game series from Longwood (2-1, 5-2, 6-5). The Crimson Tide also enjoyed a 4-0 week at home, outscoring their visitors from the Magnolia State 37-2. They blanked Mississippi Valley State (14-0) and swept Mississippi State (7-1, 8-0, 8-1).

No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 6 Oregon finished a combined 8-0 and in the process reached the 30-win plateau. The Ragin’ Cajuns brought their brooms to Atlanta as they trumped Sun Belt foe Georgia State in all three matchups (4-1, 6-5, 12-0). The Ducks (32-6) rebounded from last week’s Pac-12 setback against UCLA with five wins. Oregon defeated Portland State twice (7-1, 11-3) and swept the Civil War series from in-state rival Oregon State (6-1, 4-3, 9-0) in Corvallis.

James Madison (34-3) posted a 4-1 week to remain at No. 7, while No. 8 Florida State (31-4) and No. 9 Washington (26-8) moved up one and three spots, respectively with identical 4-0 marks. The Huskies collected four Pac-12 wins, claiming the series against then-No. 18 Arizona with an 8-4 victory last Monday and sweeping a road series at then-No. 20 (tie) Arizona State (7-2, 6-1, 3-1).

No. 11 LSU fell out of the top-10 for the first time this season after suffering home defeats in the first two games of its SEC series against new-No. 14 Kentucky. The wins for the Wildcats bumped them up two spots.

Also moving up two spots in the poll this week are No. 12 Oklahoma (30-7), following a Big 12 road sweep of then No. 19 Baylor, and No. 15 Tennessee after earning three wins over then-No. 11 Texas A&M in SEC play.

For the second straight week, there were no departures from or new entries to the poll.The 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 April 10, 2016.

2016 USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Poll
Week 9 | April 12, 2016 (Results through 4/10)

 

Rank Team Totals 2016 Record Last Poll
1 Florida (26) 794 38-3 2
2 Michigan (3) 754 29-4 1
3 Auburn (2) 739 37-4 3
4 Alabama (1) 701 35-7 4
5 Louisiana-Lafayette 672 32-3 5
6 Oregon 641 32-6 6
7 James Madison 595 34-3 7
8 Florida State 580 31-4 9
9 Washington 511 26-8 12
10 Georgia 495 34-8 10
11 LSU 471 29-11 8
12 Oklahoma 442 30-7 14
13 UCLA 408 24-11-1 13
14 Kentucky 403 33-8 16
15 Tennessee 352 31-10 17
16 Texas A&M 334 31-9 11
17 Arizona 276 28-12 18
18 Missouri 256 26-10 15
19 Notre Dame 202 28-6 20
20 Baylor 192 32-10 19
21 Minnesota 156 27-10 22
22 Arizona State 123 27-13 21
23 Fresno State 100 27-9-1 23
24 Florida Atlantic 75 33-7 24
25 USF 54 36-10 25

Dropped Out: None

New to Poll: None

Receiving Votes: Cal State Fullerton (13), Nebraska (12), Ohio State (10), Texas (7), California (3), UCF (5), California (3), Florida International (3), Utah (1).

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.  

 

 

 

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