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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma maintained its hold on No. 1 and the top five remained intact in this week’s 2022 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Sooners (29-0) were part of a top five that went a perfect 19-0 last week.

OU needed a two-out walk-off home run by Tiare Jennings to edge Baylor 3-1 and complete the sweep in its Big 12 opening series. Prior to Sunday’s nail biter, the Sooner posted two eight-run wins over the Bears and a third on the road at No. 8 Kentucky.

No. 2 Florida State (30-2) became the first Division I program to reach the 30-win plateau after it picked up three non-conference road wins over Troy and FIU. No. 3 UCLA earned four top-10 wins in Pac-12 play. After completing a three-game sweep of Arizona on March 21, the Bruins (28-3) swept then-No. 9 Washington on the road (3-2, 4-0, 5-4).

No. 4 Alabama (28-4) went on the road for a win over UAB and three in Southeastern Conference action at South Carolina. Also on the road, Virginia Tech (25-3) swept a doubleheader from in-state foe Longwood and took the first two Atlantic Coast Conference matchups against Pitt before the finale was canceled.

Following a three-game Big 12 sweep of Texas Tech, Oklahoma State (26-6) moved into the sixth spot, while Florida (27-5) slipped to No. 7 after dropping two-of-three at home to new-No. 13 Tennessee (22-9).

Kentucky stayed at No. 8 going 2-2 last week, Rebounding from a non-conference defeat by the Sooners, the Wildcats (22-7) captured their SEC series against then-No. 18 with triumphs in games one and three.

Northwestern and Arkansas round out the top 10. The Wildcats (22-4) at No. 9 are riding a 12-game winning streak after sweeping Michigan State to open Big Ten play. The Razorbacks (21-6) knocked off RV Western Kentucky on the road and split the first two game against then-No. 22 LSU.

Arizona State (25-5) made the biggest move up the poll, jumping four spots to No. 16 following a sweep of then No. 14 Arizona in Tucson as the Sun Devils (25-5) ran their win streak to 14 games.

No. 25 Notre Dame (23-6) moved back into the top-25, while Stanford dropped out.

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 27.

  

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

March 29 (Week 7)

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

29-0

1

2

Florida State

764

30-2

2

3

UCLA

739

28-3

3

4

Alabama

702

28-4

4

5

Virginia Tech

675

25-3

5

6

Oklahoma State

619

24-6

7

7

Florida

586

27-5

6

8

Kentucky

538

22-7

8

9

Northwestern

530

22-4

11

10

Arkansas

508

21-6

10

11

Washington

467

20-10

9

12

Oregon

444

24-5

12

13

Tennessee

442

22-9

15

14

Duke

382

23-5

13

15

Georgia

330

29-5

17

16

Arizona State

315

25-5

20

17

Auburn

268

27-4

18

18

Clemson

259

21-10

16

19

Arizona

200

19-10

14

20

LSU

175

22-11

22

21

Texas

161

26-9-1

24

22

UCF

145

29-7

23

23

Michigan

131

18-9

19

24

Missouri

58

19-12

21

25

Notre Dame

55

23-6

RV

New to Poll: No. 25 Notre Dame

Dropped Out: No. 25 Stanford

Receiving Votes: Louisiana (34), Boise State (22), Oregon State (18), Stanford (12), USF (7), Georgia Tech (4), California (3), USC Upstate (3), Ohio State (2), Western Kentucky (2).

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 27, 2022.

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