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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oregon will carry the No. 1 ranking into the postseason as the final regular season rankings in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll were announced Tuesday by the Association.

 

The Ducks (46-6) garnered 19 first place votes and 787 points after they concluded their season with a series win at Arizona. Oregon earned the outright Pac-12 title by taking two-of-three at Arizona last weekend. The Ducks took games one and three by the scores of 3-0 and 15-7.

The Gators (50-6) remained at No. 2 after going 1-1 in the SEC tournament, defeating RV South Carolina (10-1) and falling to tourney runner-up No. 10 Tennessee (1-2). UF, which won the SEC regular season, grabbed the other 13 first-place votes and 777 points. It became the first of two DI programs to reach the 50-win plateau this season.

Big Ten regular season and tournament champion Michigan continued at the third spot as it rolled through the Big Ten tournament. The Wolverines (51-6) defeated Penn State (16-1), Northwestern (9-0) and Nebraska (6-1) to claim their ninth tournament crown and extend their winning streak to 20 games. 

By virtue of a run to its first SEC tournament championship, Auburn leaped three spots to No. 4. Not only did the Tigers (49-9) win the tournament for the first time, they were making their first appearance in the championship game. Auburn knocked off No. 13 Missouri (9-0) and No. 4 Alabama (5-2) to reach the title game and then used a seventh inning rally to send it to extra innings and a walk-off ninth inning double by Carlee Wallace secured the Tigers’ SEC crown. 

Alabama (42-12) dropped a spot to No. 5 going 1-1 at the SEC tournament, defeating No. 13 Missouri 9-0 before falling to No. 4 Auburn in the semifinals.

Also dropping spots after Auburn leap-frogged to No. 4 were No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 UCLA. The Sooners were rained out, while UCLA dropped two of three at No. 24 Arizona State in the regular season Pac-12 finale.

LSU (44-11) and ACC tournament champion Florida State (45-12) remained at No. 8 and 9 respectively. Tennessee entered the top 10 after its four-day run to the SEC championship game. The Lady Vols (42-14) played in four tightly-contested and exciting games with three decided by one run and the other by two. UT defeated Kentucky (5-4), host and No. 8 LSU (7-5) and No. 2 Florida (2-1) before falling in nine innings to No. 4 Auburn (6-5).

Kentucky dropped out of the poll for the first time this season, making way for newcomer North Dakota State (43-9). The Bison won their third straight Summit League crown to enter the poll for the first time in program history.

The road to the Women’s College World Series begins this weekend with 16 regionals at host sites, starting on Thursday, May 14 with the Oregon Regional in Eugene, where the Ducks are the No. 2 overall seed. The final 15 four-team regionals begin on Friday, May 15.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.  Current 2015 records are shown and first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – May 12, 2015

Rank

Team

2015 Record

Totals

Prev. Rank

1

Oregon (19)

46-6

787

1

2

Florida (13)

50-6

777

2

3

Michigan

51-6

733

3

4

Auburn

49-9

696

7

5

Alabama

42-12

655

4

6

Oklahoma

45-7

628

5

7

UCLA

45-10

577

6

8

LSU

44-11

571

8

9

Florida State

42-12

551

9

10

Tennessee

42-14

540

11

11

Louisiana Lafayette

39-9

468

10

12

Missouri

39-14

427

13

13

UCF

48-7

412

15

14

Georgia

40-14

384

14

15

Minnesota

46-9

366

12

16

Arizona

38-17

306

17

17

James Madison

47-8

271

18

18

Baylor

38-15

244

16

19

California

38-16

234

19

20

Washington

40-15

180

20

21

Notre Dame

40-13

151

21

22

South Alabama

38-11

130

23

23

Arizona State

34-20

91

24

24

Texas A&M

38-18

52

22

25

North Dakota State

43-9

43

RV

New to Poll: No. 25 North Dakota State

Dropped out: No. 25 Kentucky 

Others Receiving Votes: Texas (28), Utah (21), Kentucky (19), USC Upstate (14), Western Kentucky (11), Hofstra (9), Kansas (3), CSUN (2), Fresno State (1).

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