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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following an 8-0 week, Washington extended its hold on No. 1 in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Huskies (18-0) received 29 first-place votes and 794 points as the top four spots remained the same.

UW opened its week with three road wins in the Lone Star State and continued with a perfect showing at the Mary Nutter Classic. The Huskies knocked off then-RV Notre Dame, then-No. 6 Texas A&M, RV Nebraska, Wisconsin and new No. 22 Long Beach State.

Florida, which received one first-place vote, edged out UCLA for the No. 2 spot by five points. The Gators (16-1) also went 8-0, notching all their victories at home. UF’s pitching staff posted five shutouts and limited their opponents to five runs. The third-ranked Bruins (15-0) also stayed undefeated and captured the final two first-place votes. UCLA capped off the Mary Nutter I with a 7-6 win over Grand Canyon before a perfect 5-0 showing at the Mary Nutter II, which included wins over RV Nebraska and then-No. 7 LSU.

No. 4 Oklahoma went 3-1 at the Mary Nutter. The Sooners (9-2) knocked off then-No. 17 Arizona State, BYU and North Carolina before dropping their closer to then-No. 13 Arizona.

After a 6-0 week at the Mary Nutter Classic, Tennessee catapulted six spots to No. 5. The Lady Vols (16-1) outscored their opponents, 42-5 and picked up two wins over Pac-12 foes, then-No. 5 Oregon and RV Oregon State.

No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Texas A&M slipped a spot each, while undefeated Baylor remained at No. 8. The Ducks (12-3) and Aggies (12-2) each went 3-2 at the Mary Nutter, with Texas A&M earning a 3-1 win over Oregon. The Ducks loaded schedule included wins over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State and then-No. 7 LSU and a 1-0 loss to Tennessee.

Along with the win over the Ducks, the Aggies knocked off then-RV Notre Dame and then-No. 19 California. After its tournament was canceled, Baylor picked up two road wins at Abilene Christian to remain perfect at 9-0.

Arizona returned to the top-10 at No. 9. The Wildcats (13-1) were a perfect 5-0 at the Mary Nutter and capped off the weekend with a 2-0 win over No. 4 Oklahoma. Rounding out the top 10 is LSU, which fell to the No. 10 position after a 4-2 week. The Tigers (14-2) won their first four games of the week, but closed out with losses to UCLA and Oregon.

Making its first appearance this season is Long Beach State (12-3) at No. 22, while No. 23 McNeese State (13-3) returns after a one-week absence. Dropping out are then-No. 18 Oklahoma State and then-No. 24 Utah.

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 Feb. 25.

2018 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – Feb. 27 (Week 3)

Rank

School

Points

Record

Previous

1

Washington

794 (29)

18-0

1

2

Florida

755 (1)

16-1

2

3

UCLA

750 (2)

15-0

3

4

Oklahoma

653

9-2

4

5

Tennessee

617

16-1

11

6

Oregon

606

12-3

5

7

Texas A&M

603

12-2

6

8

Baylor

578

9-0

8

9

Arizona

558

13-1

13

10

LSU

555

14-2

7

11

Alabama

488

9-2

10

12

Auburn

415

17-2

12

13

Florida State

397

12-4

9

14

Georgia

387

13-1

14

15

California

324

15-1

19

16

Arizona State

309

13-2

17

17

Ole Miss

284

9-2

16

18

Louisiana

264

11-3

15

19

Ohio State

232

11-1

21

20

South Carolina

168

15-1

t24

21

Minnesota

151

10-4

22

22

Long Beach State

105

12-3

RV

23

McNeese State

75

13-3

RV

24

Kentucky

72

9-3

23

25

Michigan

58

8-6

20


New to Poll: No. 22 Long Beach State, No. 23 McNeese State

Dropped Out: No. 18 Oklahoma State, t-No. 24 Utah

Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State (46), USC Upstate (42), Mississippi State (39), Texas State (19), Arkansas (16), Nebraska (12), Utah (9), Oregon State (8), Colorado State (4), Louisville (4), James Madison (3).

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 Feb. 25, 2018

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