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|
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.