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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma enters its 26th consecutive week at No. 1, while Arkansas elevated to No. 5 in this week’s 2022 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Sooners (45-1), who have not relinquished their hold since ascending to the top spot on March 2, 2021, outscored Kansas 35-1. 

With the Big 12 regular-season title on the line, OU hosts No. 7 Oklahoma State in Bedlam this weekend. The Sooners and Cowgirls (38-9) are deadlocked at 14-1 in league play. OU is looking for its 10th consecutive title, while Oklahoma State would capture its first-ever Big 12 title, last winning a conference championship in 1995 (Big 8). 

Virginia Tech (39-6) remained at No. 2 clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title with a three-game sweep of Boston College. Coming off two one-run home wins over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State, Florida State (45-5) moved up to No. 3, while UCLA (39-6) dropped to No. 4 after a 2-1 Pac-12 showing against Utah.

Behind a third straight Southeastern Conference series sweep, Arkansas improves two spots, coming in at No. 5. Clinching their second straight SEC regular-season Championship, the Razorbacks (39-8) outscored the Gamecocks 28-4.

Alabama (39-9) fell to No. 6 as it dropped a non-conference road game at Western Kentucky in its only action last week.

No. 8 Northwestern (38-7) and No. 9 Washington (32-11) enjoyed 4-0 weeks, including three-game conference sweeps of Iowa and then-No. 24 Stanford, respectively.

No. 10 Florida (38-13) rebounded from a game-one 9-1 loss at No. 19 LSU with 6-1 and 2-1 (9 inn.) triumphs to capture the series.

Missouri, coming off its second straight SEC sweep, returns to the rankings at No. 24. The Tigers (31-17) thumped then-No. 9 Kentucky, 9-1, in Lexington on April 25 and then defeated then-RV Texas A&M in all three games in Columbia. Stanford fell back out after it was swept by Washington.

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 May 1.

  

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

May 3 (Week 12) 

 

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

45-1

1

2

Virginia Tech

763

39-6

2

3

Florida State

730

45-5

4

4

UCLA

698

39-6

3

5

Arkansas

669

39-8

7

6

Alabama

616

39-9

5

7

Oklahoma State

609

38-9

6

8

Northwestern

594

38-7

8

9

Washington

536

32-11

10

10

Florida

526

38-13

9

11

Duke

450

36-7

12

12

Arizona State

431

35-7

14

13

Kentucky

419

33-15

11

14

Tennessee

407

35-14

13

15

Auburn

337

39-11

16

16

Georgia

308

39-13

15

17

Texas

294

35-15-1

17

18

Clemson

291

37-14

18

19

LSU

210

32-19

19

20

Notre Dame

184

36-9

20

21

UCF

174

42-11

21

22

Oregon

132

29-16

22

23

Michigan

55

31-15

23

24

Missouri

54

31-17

RV

25

Arizona

46

31-16

25

New to Poll: No. 24 Missouri 

Dropped Out: No. 24 Stanford 

Receiving Votes: Stanford (41), Louisiana (15), Nebraska (6), San Diego State (5).

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 May 1, 2022.

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