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LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  Florida State climbed into the top five for the first time this season, while Oregon, Oklahoma and Tennessee all moved up in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Florida and Michigan continued as the top two teams, taking home 24 and eight first-place votes, respectively. The Gators (47-4) hit the road and took two-of-three at then-No. 18 Texas A&M in SEC action. UF cruised to a 14-3 game-one win and topped the Aggies 7-3 in game two before suffering a 6-4 defeat in the finale. The Wolverines (41-4) swept their opponents last week, defeating in-state foe Central Michigan (5-2) at home, while taking all three Big Ten contests from Penn State (4-2, 12-0, 13-3) in Happy Valley.

Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma all jumped two spots in the top-10, while Tennessee catapulted from 13th into 10th. All four squads did not drop a contest with the No. 3 Ducks (38-6) and Vols (37-12) defeating ranked foes.

Behind dominant pitching performances from Cheridan Hawkins and Megan Kleist, Oregon blanked then-No. 17 Arizona (2-0, 7-0, 8-0) in Pac-12 play. It marked the first time, the Ducks shut out a Pac-12 opponent in a series since the league went to the current scheduling format in 2010.

On the other side of the table, UT throttled then-No. 3 Auburn in a doubleheader by a combined score of 22-3 (10-2, 12-1). The Vols (38-12) recorded 18 hits, and since their 9-0 defeat to Oklahoma have posted 40 runs the last four games.

The Seminoles (42-5) posted four wins last week to reach the 40-win plateau and also claim their 14th ACC regular season championship. FSU topped in-state foe UCF (7-1) in mid-week action before traveling to Pitt and sweeping the Panthers (16-11, 4-3, 15-5) to earn the title.

The Sooners (41-7) also swept their conference weekend earning three wins at Iowa State (4-2, 8-1, 12-1) to reach 40 wins and extend their winning streak to 16 games.

No. 4 Alabama stayed put after a 2-1 SEC series win at South Carolina (3-1, 1-2, 5-1 in 5), while Auburn (45-7) fell three spots to No. 6 after losing twice to Tennessee. James Madison (41-4) went from No. 6 to No. 8 after splitting with Elon (4-5 in 15, 8-1) in league play and Louisiana-Lafayette (37-7) dropped to No. 9 after a 2-1 SunBelt series win at Georgia Southern (5-0, 12-1, 0-2).

No. 25 UCF returned to the poll after a pair of wins at then-No. 22 USF in American Athletic Conference play. Cal-State Fullerton dropped out after two losses to Long Beach State.

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 May 1, 2016.

2016 USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Poll
Week 12 | May 3, 2016 (Results through 5/1)

 

Rank Team Totals 2016 Record Last Poll
1 Florida (24) 792 47-4 1
2 Michigan (8) 776 41-4 2
3 Oregon 718 38-6 5
4 Alabama 674 43-10 4
5 Florida State 661 42-5 7
6 Auburn 651 45-7 3
7 Oklahoma 587 41-7 9
8 James Madison 567 41-4 6
9 Louisiana-Lafayette 541 37-7 8
10 Tennessee 529 38-12 13
11 Washington 471 32-11 10
12 Kentucky 464 40-11 11
13 LSU 428 40-13 12
14 UCLA 379 33-13-1 15
15 Georgia 351 39-14 14
16 Missouri 322 37-12 16
17 Texas A&M 257 35-16 18
18 Arizona 225 32-17 17
19 Notre Dame 218 37-9 19
20 Fresno State 209 37-9-1 20
21 Baylor 185 43-12 21
22 Florida Atlantic 140 44-7 23
23 Minnesota 118 35-12 24
24 USF 72 43-13 22
25 UCF 24 31-16 RV

Dropped Out: No. 25 Cal State Fullerton

New to Poll: UCF

Receiving Votes: Utah (16), Cal State Fullerton (10), Texas (7), Nebraska (5), Arizona State (1), Long Beach State (1), Ohio State (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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