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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There was movement in the rankings this week, including new No. 2 and 4 programs in this week’s 2022 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. Oklahoma (20-0) continued as the unanimous No. 1, while Florida State leapfrogged Alabama for No. 2 and UCLA moved into No. 4 over Florida.

Following a week off, the top-ranked Sooners (20-0) cruised to five run-rule victories. They topped Minnesota at home and then defeated Baylor, Cal and Hawai’i twice as part of the Rainbow Wahine Classic, which witnessed Jocelyn Alo become the NCAA’s all-time home run leader with her 96th long ball against the hosts.

The Seminoles (23-1) knocked off Furman and swept Georgia Tech in three closely contested road games of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play. The third-ranked Crimson Tide (21-2) dropped two-of-three in their opening Southeastern Conference (SEC) weekend at then-No. 21 LSU. The Tigers (19-7) swept the opening twinbill before Alabama earned a 2-1 triumph in the series finale.

UCLA exploded for 64 runs and allowed just three as the fourth-ranked Bruins (22-3) cruised to five victories at home, while the Gators (22-2) split it opening SEC series with Mississippi State.

The latter half of the top 10, No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 9 Arizona and No. 10 Oklahoma State posted a combined 18-0 mark.

The only significant shift in the rankings witnessed Tennessee elevate three spots to No. 15 and Missouri dip to No. 18 after the Lady Vols (18-6) opened with two SEC road wins over the Tigers (16-6) and earned a mid-week win over Austin Peay.

No. 24 UCF and No. 25 USF returned to the rankings after going a combined 12-1 last week and both reaching the 20-win plateau.

The 2022 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA’s Division I Conferences. Records reflect games played through March 13.

 

2022 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

March 15 (Week 5)

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

20-0

1

2

Florida State

753

23-1

3

3

Alabama

718

21-2

2

4

UCLA

709

22-3

5

5

Florida

676

22-2

4

6

Virginia Tech

648

18-3

6

7

Washington

596

19-5

7

8

Kentucky

533

19-2

9

9

Arizona

521

19-4

8

10

Oklahoma State

513

16-5

10

11

Oregon

472

19-3

11

12

Arkansas

440

17-4

12

13

Duke

432

21-3

13

14

Northwestern

336

15-4

16

15

Tennessee

328

18-6

18

16

Georgia

325

22-3

15

17

Clemson

286

16-6

17

18

Missouri

282

16-6

14

19

Auburn

247

24-1

20

20

LSU

226

19-7

21

21

Michigan

218

15-6

19

22

Arizona State

112

18-5

23

23

Louisiana

68

15-5

22

24

UCF

63

22-7

RV

25

USF

39

22-4

RV

New to Poll: No. 24 UCF, No. 25 USF

Dropped Out: No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 25 Charlotte

Receiving Votes: Stanford (20), Notre Dame (12), Texas (9), Charlotte (6), Oregon State (6), Boise State (2), Ohio State (1), USC Upstate (1), Western Kentucky (1).

The 2022 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA’s Division I Conferences. Records reflect games played through March 13, 2022.

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