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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite suffering its first loss of the season, Oklahoma remained the top ranked team in this week’s 2022 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. 

The unanimous No. 1 Sooners (38-1) had its NCAA DI-record undefeated start of 38 games halted by then-No. 18 Texas in the final game of a three-game Big 12 series. After 3-0 and 9-1 victories, OU dropped the series finale to the Longhorns (31-12-1), 4-2, snapping a 40-game win streak that dated back to 2021.

In the top five, Alabama leapfrogged Virginia Tech for No. 2, while an idle UCLA overtook Florida State for No. 4. The Crimson Tide (36-6) swept Mississippi State in Southeastern Conference (SEC) play, rebounding from an opening-week defeat at then No. 7 Florida on April 11. 

The Hokies (32-6) and Seminoles (39-5) each suffered a knock in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) action, but captured their respective league series against Virginia and North Carolina. VT also topped Liberty in mid-week action.

No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Arkansas and No. 10 Northwestern all earned conference series wins. The Cowgirls (34-7) and Wildcats (30-6) swept through Kansas and Purdue, while the Razorbacks (32-8) defeated then-No. 8 Kentucky in games one and three. Ninth-ranked UK did earn road wins over in-state foe Louisville and in game two at Arkansas.

Florida (34-9) jumped the Wildcats (29-11) for the eighth spot after its early-week win over Alabama and a three-game SEC-series sweep of Ole Miss.

Nebraska enters the poll for the first time since March 22, 2016 The Huskers (33-9) picked up five wins in Big Ten action and ran its win streak to 18 games, the third longest active streak in Division I behind No. 13 Arizona State (20) and Boston University (19).

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 April 17.

  

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

April 19 (Week 10)  

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

38-1

1

2

Alabama

747

36-6

3

3

Virginia Tech

745

32-6

2

4

UCLA

694

32-5

5

5

Florida State

682

39-5

4

6

Oklahoma State

641

34-7

6

7

Arkansas

601

32-8

7

8

Florida

566

34-9

9

9

Kentucky

536

29-11

8

10

Northwestern

524

30-6

10

11

Washington

449

25-11

11

12

Duke

447

34-5

12

13

Arizona State

432

31-5

13

14

Georgia

366

35-9

14

15

Tennessee

361

29-12

15

16

Texas

310

31-12-1

18

17

Clemson

307

33-11

16

18

Auburn

243

32-9

19

19

Oregon

208

25-13

17

20

UCF

205

37-10

20

21

LSU

155

27-16

21

22

Notre Dame

98

31-9

23

23

Michigan

85

26-13

22

24

Arizona

61

23-15

25

25

Nebraska

57

33-9

RV

New to Poll: No. 25 Nebraska

Dropped Out: No. 24 Stanford 

Receiving Votes: Stanford (24), USC Upstate (15), Oregon State (13), Louisiana (10), USF (9), Missouri (5), Mississippi State (3), San Diego State (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 April 17, 2022.

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