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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Oklahoma pushed its win streak to 28 games, while Florida State and Stanford joined the top five in this week's 2023 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. 

The Sooners (36-1) blanked Texas Tech for their sixth consecutive Big 12 sweep dating back to the final two series of 2022. OU steps out of league play this week, starting with a top-25 matchup against No. 13 LSU in Baton Rouge, before heading to Oxford, Ohio for three non-conference contests over the weekend.

UCLA leapfrogged Oklahoma State for the No. 2 spot. The Bruins (36-4) won four games last week, including a three-game Pac-12 sweep of Oregon State, while the Cowgirls (35-3) had their 14-game win streak snapped at new-No. 20 Wichita State. OSU bounced back from the mid-week defeat with a road sweep of Kansas in Big 12 action.

Powered by league sweeps, Florida State and Stanford rose to No. 4 and 5, respectively. In a battle of top-six squads, the Seminoles (32-7) traveled to Clemson, S.C. and took all three contests from the previously-ranked No. 4 Tigers (37-4) in a key Atlantic Coast Conference matchup. The fifth-ranked Cardinal hosted then-No. 20 Arizona and topped the Wildcats (24-15) in Pac-12 play.

With the defeats, Clemson dipped to No. 6 followed by No. 7 Tennessee (30-5), which also dropped two spots following a pair of home losses to then-No. 21 Baylor. With the big road wins, the Bears improved to 30-9 and entered the top 20 at No. 18.

In other top-10 action, Texas (33-8-1) and Washington  (29-8) picked up conference sweeps moving up to No. 8 and No 9 with Arkansas (28-11) slipping to No. 10 after dropping two-of-three at home to then-No. 14 Georgia. The Bulldogs (31-8) continued their climb up the rankings, improving two more spots to No. 12.

Coming off its 8-7 win over then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, Wichita State moved to No. 20 as its offense continued to shine. The Shockers (34-7) scored 48 runs last week, 40 of which came in a three-game American Athletic Conference sweep of Memphis.

Utah made a quick return to the poll after one week away. The Utes (24-8) took two-of-three from then-No. 24 Arizona State, bouncing the Sun Devils (21-13) from the top 25.

The 2023 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 9, 2023.

2023 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

April 11 (Week 9)

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2023 Record

Last Week’s Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

36-1

1

2

UCLA

759

36-4

3

3

Oklahoma State

732

35-3

2

4

Florida State

704

32-7

6

5

Stanford

660

31-6

7

6

Clemson

621

37-4

4

7

Tennessee

610

30-5

5

8

Texas

569

33-8-1

9

9

Washington

543

29-8

10

10

Arkansas

474

28-11

8

11

Duke

472

30-9

11

12

Georgia

440

31-8

14

13

LSU

428

33-7

12

14

Virginia Tech

389

31-9

13

15

Florida

321

28-10

15

16

Alabama

311

28-12

16

17

Kentucky

297

24-10-1

17

18

Baylor

244

30-9

21

19

Oregon

239

25-11

18

20

Wichita State

195

34-7

22

21

Auburn

177

29-12

19

22

Northwestern

145

24-9

22

23

Texas A&M

100

24-13

24

24

Arizona

91

24-15

20

25

Utah

34

24-8

RV

New To Poll: No. 25 Utah

Dropped Out: No. 24 Arizona State

Receiving Votes: Louisiana (22), Arizona State (8), Boston University (5), California (4), Indiana (4), Boise State (1), Central Arkansas (1).

The 2023 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 9.

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