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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite suffering its first loss of the season, UCLA remained No. 1 in the 2020USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Bruins (19-1), who dropped an extra-inning affair to Texas, captured 26 first-place votes and 793 points.

After falling 6-4 in eight innings to No. 3 Texas, UCLA posted a 4-0 mark against Mount St. Mary’s, Weber State, San Diego State and San Diego. 

New to the top-25 this week are No. 22 UCF, No. 24 Mississippi State and No. 25 Fresno State. The Knights (16-2), who are on an 11-game winning streak, and the 25th-ranked Bulldogs (16-4) return to the poll for the first time since 2016 and 2017, respectively.

On the flip side, Tennessee dropped out of the top-25 for the first time since 2004. The Lady Vols (9-7) entered the NFCA’s Feb. 10 poll at No. 19 and were ranked consecutively in 255 polls.

No. 2 Washington and No. 3 Texas picked up four and two first-place votes, respectively. In the matchup between those two squads, the Longhorns (20-3) edged the Huskies (19-2) 8-6 at the Judi Garman Classic. It was UW’s only defeat at the Garman as it topped then-No. 4 LSU, Fresno State, then-No. 13 Michigan and Cal State Fullerton.

Texas posted a 5-2 week with previously-mentioned triumphs over UCLA and Washington. The Longhorns also defeated Michigan and Boise State at the Garman, while dropping a one-run affair to Fresno State. Prior to heading out west, UT split a home twinbill with then-No. 10 Louisiana.

Following a 5-0 showing, including two wins over host Alabama at the Easton Crimson Classic, Arizona rose to No. 4. The Wildcats (17-3) topped the then-No. 8 Crimson Tide in a pair of one-run contests. They also defeated McNeese State twice and UT Arlington. 

LSU fell one spot to No. 5 after a 3-2 outing at the Garman. The Tigers (16-3) picked up wins over then-No 25 Texas Tech, California and Colorado State, but dropped contests against Loyola Marymount and Washington.

No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Florida and No. 9 Alabama each fell one position, while No. 8 Louisiana moved up two spots. The Sooners (15-4) won their Courtyard Marriott Tournament, topping then-RV Northwestern twice and Abilene Christian to go along with a split with RV North Texas.

In a top-10 matchup in Gainesville, the Ragin’ Cajuns (14-5) took two-of-three from the Gators (17-4). UF opened with a 6-0 win before Louisiana stormed back with 7-5 and 7-6 triumphs. The Ragin’ Cajuns also earned a road split earlier in the week at No. 3 Texas. 

Kentucky enters the fold at No. 10. The Wildcats (17-3) put on an offensive show, while its pitching staff posted three shutouts at the Spring Games. Matching the program’s best 20-game start, UK scored 66 runs over five games, while allowing just three.

The 2020 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 March 1 with first-place votes in parentheses.

2020 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 3 (Week 4)

Rank

School

Totals

2020 Record

Previous

Ranking

1

UCLA (26)

793

19-1

1

2

Washington (4)

766

19-2

2

3

Texas (2)

738

20-3

3

4

Arizona

675

17-3

7

5

LSU

649

16-3

4

6

Oklahoma

638

15-4

5

7

Florida

589

17-4

6

8

Louisiana

576

14-5

10

9

Alabama

493

12-7

8

10

Kentucky

484

17-3

12

11

Oregon

461

17-2

10

12

Florida State

433

10-6

9

13

Georgia

398

20-4

14

14

Oklahoma State

390

13-5

15

15

South Carolina

303

14-4

16

16

Michigan

287

12-6

13

17

Arizona State

281

16-6

17

18

Minnesota

220

12-7

18

19

Virginia Tech

198

16-4

19

20

Arkansas

184

16-4

22

21

Baylor

170

17-4

23

22

UCF

139

16-2

RV

23

Missouri

111

15-6

21

24

Mississippi State

78

18-3

RV

25

Fresno State

74

16-4

RV

 

New to Poll: No. 22 UCF, No. 24 Mississippi State, No. 25 Fresno State

Dropped Out: No. 20 Tennessee (9-7), No. 24 James Madison (9-4), No. 25 Texas Tech (11-9).

Receiving Votes: North Texas (47), Utah (43), Tennessee (41), James Madison (27), Stanford (27), San Jose State (21), Texas Tech (19), Oregon State (12), Clemson (10), Houston (9), Notre Dame (5), Duke (3), Loyola Marymount (3), Villanova (2), Wisconsin (2), Tulsa (1).

The 2020 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 March 1.

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