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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma swept No. 9 Texas solidifying its hold on the unanimous No. 1 ranking in this week’s 2023 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. With the Big 12 sweep of the Longhorns (30-8-1), the Sooners (33-1) ran their season-long win streak to 25 games.

In other top-10 action, No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 3 UCLA each posted 3-0 marks, which included the Bruins’ (32-4) Pac-12 sweep of then-No. 6 Stanford. The Cowgirls (32-2) have won 14 straight after a nine-inning triumph over Tulsa and a twinbill thumping of Incarnate Word.

Clemson overtook Tennessee for No. 4, while Florida State reclaimed the sixth spot from Stanford. Arkansas elevated to No. 8, ahead of No. 9 Texas and No. 10 Washington.

The Tigers (36-1), who lead NCAA Division I with its 36 triumphs, picked up four more to extend their win streak to a program-record 22 games. The Lady Vols (29-3) won their fourth straight SEC series, taking two-of-three at new-No. 24 Texas A&M, improving to 10-2 in league play.

The sixth-ranked Seminoles (29-7) and eighth-ranked Razorbacks (27-9) each swept their respective conference series on the road. FSU topped Georgia Tech, while Arkansas upended Mississippi State.

No. 10 Washington fell two spots to round out the top-10 after dropping two-of-three in Pac-12 play at new-No. 25 Arizona State. 

No. 11 Duke and No. 12 LSU crept closer to the top 10. The Blue Devils (28-8) went to Blacksburg and grabbed two-of-three from then-No. 12 Virginia Tech, while the Tigers (31-6) cracked the 30-win mark following five non-conference home wins.

Additionally, Florida dropped another four positions this week to No. 15 after the Gators (26-9) were upended twice by South Carolina in SEC play.

With their wins over the Huskies, the Sun Devils (20-11) made their return to the rankings, while Utah, which dropped two-of-three versus RV Cal fell out.

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 2, 2023.

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

April 4 (Week 8) 

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2023 Record 

Last Week’s Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

33-1

1

2

Oklahoma State

763

32-2

2

3

UCLA

728

32-4

3

4

Clemson

689

36-1

5

5

Tennessee

687

29-3

4

6

Florida State

635

29-7

7

7

Stanford

594

28-6

6

8

Arkansas

564

27-9

10

9

Texas

505

30-8-1

9

10

Washington

488

26-8

8

11

Duke

444

28-8

13

12

LSU

435

31-6

14

13

Virginia Tech

419

27-8

12

14

Georgia

414

29-6

15

15

Florida

391

26-9

11

16

Alabama

315

26-11

17

17

Kentucky

292

21-9-1

16

18

Oregon

237

22-11

18

19

Auburn

224

28-10

19

20

Arizona

188

24-12

20

21

Baylor

139

27-9

21

22

Wichita State

122

30-7

23

23

Northwestern

107

20-9

22

24

Texas A&M

83

22-13

25

25

Arizona State

55

20-11

RV 

New To Poll: No. 25 Arizona State

Dropped Out: No. 24 Utah

Receiving Votes: Utah (43), Louisiana (19), California (16), Indiana (4).

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