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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma survived a couple of close calls to remain undefeated and the unanimous No. 1 in this week’s 2022 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Sooners (15-0), along with Alabama, Florida State and Florida are a combined 61-0.

OU posted a 5-0 mark at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, which included a pair of one-run victories over then-No. 17 Tennessee (9-8), courtesy of a Jayda Coleman walk-off homer in the 10th, and Utah (2-1). They also registered three run-rule victories over Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and then-No. 8 Arizona.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide (15-0) and fourth-ranked Gators (16-0) each racked up six wins, while the third-ranked Seminoles won five contests. Alabama earned a pair of run-rule wins over then-No. 20 Louisiana. 

FSU swept through the field hosting the Unconquered Invite and UF swept a home and home with North Florida and picked up four triumphs at the UCF Knights Classic, including a wild 12-11 win over the host in the tournament finale.

No. 5 UCLA moved back into the top five, going 5-0 at Mary Nutter with five close wins over RV Iowa State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Baylor and then-No. 16 Missouri.

Virginia Tech inched up one position to No. 6, while Washington dipped two spots to No. 7. The Hokies (11-2) earned wins over Ohio State, Miami and host South Carolina at the Carolina Classic. The Huskies (11-4) went 2-3 at the Nutter edging Loyola Marymount and RV Iowa State and dropped contests to San Diego State, Missouri and Northwestern.

Oklahoma State (10-4) returned to the top 10 at No. 8 following two one-run wins over host Texas A&M and a pair of shutouts of Tennessee State at the Revielle Classic. A pair of Wildcats, Arizona and Kentucky round out the top 10. The ninth-ranked Wildcats (10-4) posted a 3-2 mark at the Nutter, while No. 10 UK extended its win streak to nine games after a 4-0 showing at the FAU Strikeout Cancer Classic.

UCF (10-6) returns to the rankings at No. 24, while Notre Dame (12-3) makes its first appearance of 2022 at No. 25. No. 22 Texas (7-7) and No. 25 USF (10-3) dropped out of the rankings.

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 Feb. 27.

 

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

March 1 (Week 3)

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

15-0

1

2

Alabama

768

15-0

2

3

Florida State

734

15-0

3

4

Florida

704

16-0

4

5

UCLA

669

12-3

6

6

Virginia Tech

639

11-2

7

7

Washington

526

11-4

5

8

Oklahoma State

504

10-4

11

9

Arizona

492

10-4

8

10

Kentucky

488

13-1

12

11

Arkansas

466

8-3

10

12

Oregon

449

11-3

9

13

Duke

424

13-3

13

14

Clemson

416

11-3

14

15

Missouri

374

12-4

16

16

Georgia

348

14-2

15

17

Northwestern

296

10-4

18

18

Tennessee

247

9-6

17

19

Michigan

231

8-5

19

20

Auburn

214

15-1

21

21

Louisiana

182

10-2

20

22

LSU

133

12-5

24

23

Arizona State

106

9-4

22

24

UCF

50

10-6

RV

25

Notre Dame

39

12-3

RV

New to Poll: NO. 24 UCF, No. 25 Notre Dame

Dropped Out: No. 22 Texas, No. 25 USF

Receiving Votes: Texas (36), Stanford (25), USF (13), Charlotte (6), Iowa State (6), Liberty (5), James Madison (3), Texas A&M (2), Wisconsin (2), Fullerton (1), Georgia Tech (1), Illinois (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 Feb. 27, 2022.

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