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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The top-10 saw some shuffling, but Washington did not budge as it tightened its grip on the No. 1 spot in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. After a 4-0 week, the Huskies (39-2) brought their winning streak to 10 games and were one vote shy of being the unanimous No. 1 squad. UW collected 31 of a possible 32 first-place votes and 799 points.

With a 3-1 mid-week win over Seattle University, Washington finished undefeated (29-0) in non-conference play for the first time in program history. Additionally, the Huskies swept Utah in Pac-12 play behind a pitching staff that allowed just one run and three hits over 19 innings, including a perfect game by Gabbie Plain.

Oklahoma stayed in the No. 2 hole after two Big 12 victories over Iowa State (8-1, 9-5). The Sooners (33-2), who earned the other first-place vote and 766 points, have won 24 straight after those two wins and hold NCAA Division I’s longest active winning streak.

Oregon shifted up two positions to No. 3 after a dominant week. The Ducks (32-6) went 5-0 defeating Portland State (8-2, 3-0) twice and overpowering Arizona (5-2, 8-0, 10-0) in a Pac-12 series sweep. After the opening win, UO’s Miranda Elish and Megan Kleist twirled back-to-back six-inning shutouts, limiting the Wildcats (27-9) to three hits and one hit, respectively. Elish also tossed the program’s first seven-inning perfect game earlier in the week against the Vikings.

UCLA fell one spot to No. 4 and Georgia moved up one to No. 5. The Bruins (34-3) went 3-1 against CSUN (8-3) and Stanford (5-2, 3-0, 1-4). The Bulldogs (35-5) recorded a 4-1 mark, topping then-No. 8 Tennessee (8-0) and Georgia Tech (1-0), and taking two-of-three from Missouri (8-6, 1-5, 7-2).

Florida fell to No. 6 as it suffered two defeats on the week. The Gators (33-6) win at No. 15 Alabama (6-1) was sandwiched around defeats to UCF (0-1) and the Crimson Tide (2-3).

Arizona State remained steady at No. 7 taking two of three from RV Oregon State. Auburn improved three spots to No. 8 following a 3-1 week that included two shutout wins over then-No. 8 Tennessee. No. 9 Texas A&M took two-of-three at then-No. 22 Mississippi State, while the Lady Vols (33-8) dipped to No. 10 after a 2-3 week.

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 April 8.

 

2018 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – April 10 (Week 9)

Rank

School

Totals

2018

Last Poll

1

Washington (31)

799

39-2

1

2

Oklahoma (1)

766

33-2

2

3

Oregon

721

32-6

5

4

UCLA

708

34-3

3

5

Georgia

658

35-5

6

6

Florida

652

33-6

4

7

Arizona State

611

33-5

7

8

Auburn

547

36-8

11

9

Texas A&M

518

34-9

10

10

Tennessee

476

33-8

8

11

South Carolina

465

33-7

12

12

Arizona

447

27-9

9

13

Florida State

423

33-7

13

14

LSU

396

32-7

14

15

Alabama

339

25-10

15

16

Baylor

321

24-9

16

17

Michigan

298

31-7

17

18

Long Beach State

284

32-7

18

19

Arkansas

176

29-8

20

20

Kentucky

172

24-11

21

21

Louisiana

135

25-10

19

22

Ohio State

109

24-8

23

23

Mississippi State

87

29-11

22

24

Texas State

80

29-8

25

25

California

63

26-11

24

 

New to Poll: None

Dropped Out: None

Receiving Votes: Hofstra (43), James Madison (26), Oklahoma State (20), Kennesaw State (18), Ole Miss (18), San Jose State (13), Oregon State (6), Tulsa (3), Wichita State (2).

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 April 8, 2018

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