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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Washington enters its sixth straight week as the No. 1 team in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Huskies (32-2) earned 25 first-place votes and 786 points. With top-10 programs getting swept in league play and another dropping the first two games of a series, it made room for No. 8 Arizona State and No. 9 South Carolina.

Bouncing back from a defeat last Monday at Arizona State, Washington returned to Seattle to sweep then-No. 9 Arizona (2-1, 4-3, 2-0) in a tightly contested Pac-12 series that saw the first two contests go into extra innings.

Oklahoma, who ran through Texas Tech in its Big 12 opening series, moved up to No. 2 grabbing six first-place votes and 762 points. Extending their winning streak to 19 games, the Sooners (28-2) opened the week edging CSUN, 2-1 in 11 innings. They returned home and outscored the Red Raiders, 35-1 in a three-game sweep.

UCLA (27-2), who picked up the final first-place vote, also improved one spot to No. 3 taking the first two games against RV Oregon State (3-2, 5-3). No. 4 Florida (26-3) jumped two positions to No. 4 after topping USF (9-0) and then-No. 8 Texas A&M (6-1, 10-0) at home.

Idle Oregon stayed at No. 5, while Georgia moved up to No. 6. Tennessee dropped from No. 2 to No. 7 after being swept by new-No. 9 South Carolina, who made the biggest jump of the week from No. 16. The Gamecocks (28-4) outscored the Lady Vols (30-4), 28-16 in Columbia.

Arizona State catapulted from No. 12 to No. 8 and has started Pac-12 play 5-1 following a road sweep of then-No. 20 California (4-2 in 10, 3-1 in 10, 4-0). The Sun Devils (27-4) began the week with a 2-0 win over No. 1 Washington to take the series from the Huskies.

Auburn returns at No. 10 following a SEC series sweep of No. 19 Kentucky (3-1, 1-0 in 12, 6-4).

Arkansas is back in the top 25 at No. 23, while Texas State dropped out from the No. 25 position.

The 2018 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 25.

2018 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 27 (Week 7)

Rank

School

Totals

2018

Last Poll

1

Washington (25)

786

32-2

1

2

Oklahoma (6)

762

28-2

3

3

UCLA (1)

734

27-2

4

4

Florida

689

26-3

6

5

Oregon

679

25-5

5

6

Georgia

620

29-3

7

7

Tennessee

565

30-4

2

8

Arizona State

548

27-4

12

9

South Carolina

516

28-4

16

10

Auburn

505

31-6

11

11

Arizona

485

24-6

9

12

Texas A&M

465

29-6

8

13

LSU

458

26-5

10

14

Florida State

397

26-6

14

15

Baylor

342

20-6

13

16

Alabama

330

22-8

15

17

Michigan

253

24-7

17

18

Long Beach State

217

26-7

22

19

Kentucky

186

19-9

19

20

Mississippi State

180

27-6

23

21

Louisiana

162

20-7

21

22

California

134

24-8

20

23

Arkansas

100

25-6

RV

24

Ohio State

65

19-7

18

25

Oklahoma State

61

23-8

24

 

New to Poll: No. 23 Arkansas

Dropped Out: No. 25 Texas State (22-8)

Receiving Votes: Texas State (27), Hofstra (24), Nebraska (22), Ole Miss (20), Memphis (20), Oregon State (11), Kennesaw State (11), Northwestern (8), Louisville (6), Notre Dame (4), FGCU (3), James Madison (2), BYU (1) North Dakota State (1), Wichita State (1).

The 2018 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 play through March 25, 2018

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