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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma continued its stranglehold on No. 1, while Texas swept then-No. 3 Oklahoma State, elevating the Longhorns to No. 5 in this week’s 2023 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. 

The Sooners (42-1) headed back to Waco, Texas and avenged their only defeat of the season by sweeping then-No. 16 Baylor in Big 12 action. OU shut out the Bears (34-13) 7-0, 4-0 and 2-0 to extend its win streak to 34 games.

The fifth-ranked Longhorns (39-9-1), despite being no-hit into the seventh inning twice, posted a three-game sweep of the Cowgirls (39-8) for the first time since 2016. Texas headed to the seventh inning of games one and two without a base hit and came out with 1-0 (8 inn.) and 3-2 wins. The Longhorns capped off the sweep with a 5-2 triumph sending OSU to its fifth straight loss.

Second-ranked UCLA won four more games, which included a three-game Pac-12 sweep of then-RV Arizona State to run its winning streak to 16 games.

With Oklahoma State dipping to No. 7 following four losses last week, Tennessee and Florida State moved into the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. The Lady Vols (37-5), highlighted by a big sixth-inning rally against then-No. 13 Florida, earned three wins at home last week, two of those coming against the Gators (32-13).

The Seminoles (39-8) swept then-No. 18 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg as part of a four-win week, while Clemson held its ground at No.  6 following a 4-0 showing.

Riding a 12-game winning streak and reaching 40 wins, Duke (40-8) moved into the eighth spot as it leapfrogged No. 9 Stanford and No. 10 Washington.

Making the biggest movement up the poll was No. 19 Wichita State, elevating four spots into the top 20. Following a 4-0 week, the Shockers (40-8) reached the 40-win plateau, highlighted by a 3-1 eight-inning road win over Oklahoma State

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

April 25 (Week 11)

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2023 Record

Last Week’s Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

42-1

1

2

UCLA

767

43-4

2

3

Tennessee

734

37-5

4

4

Florida State

698

39-8

5

5

Texas

659

39-9-1

7

6

Clemson

641

44-5

6

7

Oklahoma State

603

39-8

3

8

Duke

545

40-8

10

9

Stanford

543

34-10

8

10

Washington

511

33-10

9

11

Georgia

478

37-10

12

12

Arkansas

453

34-13

11

13

LSU

367

37-11

15

t14

Florida

352

32-13

13

t14

Oregon

352

31-11

17

16

Alabama

310

34-15

14

17

Auburn

307

35-14

19

18

Baylor

268

34-13

16

19

Wichita State

189

40-8

23

20

Kentucky

183

27-15-1

20

21

Virginia Tech

175

33-15

18

22

Northwestern

170

30-10

21

23

Utah

133

30-10

22

24

Central Arkansas

56

33-9

24

25

Texas A&M

46

29-17

25

New To Poll: None

Dropped Out: None

Receiving Votes: Boston University (28), California (13), Arizona (8), Louisiana (6), Louisville (2), Boise State (1), Nebraska (1), Notre Dame (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 23.

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