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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a poll that saw a lot of shuffling, Florida remained one of the few constants as it used a dominant 7-0 week to secure the unanimous No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll for games played Feb. 15-21.

 

In remaining undefeated, the Gators (11-0) recorded four more shutouts and outscored the opposition, 52-3 to earn all 32 first-place votes and 800 points. UF blanked Jacksonville in its home opening doubleheader, which was highlighted by sophomore Aleshia Ocasio’s first collegiate no-hitter and 16th in program history. The Gators followed with a five-game sweep of their Citrus Classic opponents.

Making significant moves in the poll this week were No. 10 James Madison and No. 16 Texas A&M, who each moved up nine positions. The Dukes (9-1) went undefeated at the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Research Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.), which included triumphs over No. 3 Auburn (3-2) and then No. 12 Tennessee (9-0 in 5 inn.). IN holding those high-powered offenses to just five hits, JMU earned its first top-10 ranking in program history.

The Aggies (11-1) success came at the Mary Nutter Classic. Following a mid-week win over Sam Houston State, Texas A&M went 5-0 at the prestigious tournament with victories over then No. 15 UCF (10-4), then No. 11 Washington (11-6) and then-No. 9 Arizona (8-4).

Michigan and Auburn remained at No. 2 and No. 3. The Wolverines (8-1) swept through the Big Ten/ACC Challenge hosted by then-No. 13 Florida State. They defeated the host Seminoles, 6-2 and 10-3, as well as Virginia Tech, 6-1 and 9-1. Despite suffering their first loss of the season, the Tigers earned a key road win (2-0) at then-No. 15 UCF and also defeated Oklahoma State (6-1), USF (6-0), DePaul (18-0) and Fordham (18-2).

Alabama leapfrogged into the four spot over LSU. The Crimson Tide (10-1) went 6-0 with four shutouts. They picked up a road win at UAB and won all five games at the Panther Invitational hosted by Georgia State. In addition, head coach Patrick Murphy earned his 900th career victory in a triumph over Maryland on Feb. 21. The Tigers (8-2) dropped their opener at the Mary Nutter to then-No. 9 Arizona before closing out with four victories, including two against then-No. 15 UCF and then-No. 8 UCLA.

After taking two-of-three from then-No. 6 Oregon in a top 10 series, Louisiana-Lafayette took over the No. 6 ranking, while the Ducks (8-3) fell to No. 7. The Ragin’ Cajuns sandwiched a pair of one-run (3-2 & 5-4) triumphs around Oregon’s game-two victory (6-3). Oregon (twice) and Louisiana also run-ruled Central Arkansas.

Georgia, after a 5-0 week, moved two spots to No. 8, while Washington (9-1) at No. 9 joined the top 10, making a similar two-position move.

Joining Fresno State as a newcomer to the poll is No. 25 Texas A&M (4-1). Dropping out this week are then-No. 23 North Carolina State (3-2) and then-No. 24 Notre Dame (3-2).

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records reflect games played through Feb. 21, 2016.

2016 USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Poll
Week 2 | Feb. 23, 2016 (Results through 2/21)

 

Rank Team Points 2016 Record Last Poll
1 Florida (32) 800 11-0 1
2 Michigan 767 8-1 2
3 Auburn 714 10-1 3
4 Alabama 679 10-1 5
5 LSU 664 8-2 4
6 Louisiana-Lafayette 647 8-1 7
7 Oregon 583 8-3 6
8 Georgia 539 9-0 10
9 Washington 528 9-1 11
10 James Madison 483 9-1 19
11 UCLA 459 7-3 8
12 Oklahoma 396 7-2 14
13 Florida State 375 6-3 13
14 Tennessee 365 8-3 12
15 Arizona 354 8-3 9
16 Texas A&M 348 11-1 25
17 Missouri 333 6-0 16
18 Kentucky 277 9-2 18
19 Arizona State 268 11-1 17
20 Fresno State 175 10-0 24
21 Minnesota 134 5-4 20
22 UCF 119 4-7 15
23 Notre Dame 81 7-3 RV
24 Texas 78 10-0 RV
25 California 71 6-3 22

New to Poll: No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 24 Texas

Dropped Out: No. 21 Baylor, No. 23 South Alabama

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