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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Washington knocked of Alabama twice and remained undefeated in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Huskies (23-0) received 29 first-place votes and 795 points as the Southeastern Conference (5) and Pac-12 (4) Conference own nine spots in the top-10.

Washington welcomed then-No. 11 Alabama to its home-opening tournament. The Huskies began their home campaign with an 8-0 victory over the Crimson Tide and topped them 4-1 the next day. UW also defeated Northwestern (8-2), BYU (7-4) and Portland State (4-1).

Florida, which received one first-place vote and 760 points, went 3-0 at a rain-shorted Judi Garman Classic. The Gators (19-1) did not allow a run as they defeated host Cal State Fullerton (13-0), Loyola Marymount (10-0) and then-No. 8 Baylor (4-0)

No. 3 UCLA, along with the top-ranked Huskies and new-No. 24 USC Upstate (18-0), are the only remaining undefeated teams in NCAA DI. The Bruins (19-0) posted a 4-0 record at the San Diego Classic I, which included a 12-4 triumph over then-No. 21 Minnesota.

Tennessee and Oklahoma switched spots. The No. 4 Lady Vols (21-1) went 5-0 hosting the Tennessee invitational, while the No. 5 Sooners (13-2) defeated Abilene Christian and Missouri State twice during their Marriot Classic.

No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Texas A&M remained in their rankings. The Ducks (18-4) put forth a 6-1 showing in the Sunshine State. They swept a doubleheader from USF and went 4-1 at Florida State’s tournament. Oregon split with the host Seminoles, topping them 5-0 and falling 2-1 in a game that saw Duck Megan Kleist toss a no-hitter.

The Aggies (18-3) also went 6-1 last week. They swept Sam Houston State at home and added a 4-1 mark at their own Texas A&M Invite, splitting with then-RV Utah and topping Louisiana Tech twice and RV Texas State.

LSU moved from 10th to eighth, sweeping through their home tournament. No. 9 Arizona took a three-game road series from Texas, winning games one and three. Auburn joined the top-10 as the 10th-ranked Tigers (23-2) put together a 5-0 showing at their Wilson/DeMarini Tournament.

USC Upstate makes its first appearance in the top-25. The 24th-ranked Spartans added six victories to their resume, including a 5-0 mark at their Wings Etc. Classic. Minnesota fell out of the top-25 for the first time this season.

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 4.

2018 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 6 (Week 4)

Rank

School

Totals

2018

Last Poll

1

Washington (29)

795

23-0

1

2

Florida (1)

760

19-1

2

3

UCLA (2)

747

19-0

3

4

Tennessee

681

21-1

5

5

Oklahoma

671

13-2

4

6

Oregon

626

18-4

6

7

Texas A&M

605

18-3

7

8

LSU

583

19-2

10

9

Arizona

534

15-2

9

10

Auburn

485

23-2

12

11

Georgia

463

18-1

14

12

Baylor

450

11-3

8

13

Alabama

395

12-5

11

14

Arizona State

375

16-2

16

15

Florida State

360

15-6

13

16

Ohio State

276

11-1

19

17

California

262

18-3

15

18

South Carolina

256

19-1

20

19

Ole Miss

249

13-3

17

20

Louisiana

167

12-5

18

21

Long Beach State

157

16-4

22

22

Michigan

123

13-6

25

23

Kentucky

79

14-3

24

24

USC Upstate

62

18-0

RV

25

McNeese State

52

16-5

23


New to Poll:
No. 24 USC Upstate

Dropped Out: No. 21 Minnesota

Receiving Votes: Minnesota (33), James Madison (31), Mississippi State (29), Arkansas (27), Oklahoma State (19), Louisville (13), Texas State (13), Hofstra (7), Texas (7), Nebraska (4), Houston (3), 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 4, 2018

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