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Oklahoma Remains at No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Rankings for the Fourth Straight Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A doubleheader sweep of Wichita State helped Oklahoma (30-2) maintain its lofty position at the top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll for the fourth consecutive week.
Unanimous at No. 1 for the third time in the last four ranking releases, the Sooners rolled by the Shockers via scores of 7-1 and 16-1 (5 inn.) on their way to receiving all 31 possible first-place votes from the Division I Top 25 committee.
There was also no change among the remainder of last week’s top 10 as Arizona State (34-3), Florida (35-3), Alabama (32-5), California (27-3), Tennessee (29-6), Missouri (20-2), Texas (32-4), Texas A&M (28-7) and Oregon (28-5) held steady in positions two through 10, respectively.
The second-rated Sun Devils raced past then-No. 23 Oregon State (5-4, 5-1, 11-0 in 5 inn.) in a Pacific-12 Conference series in Tempe, Ariz., while the No. 3 Gators topped Florida State during a mid-week match-up (7-3) before venturing on the road to secure three straight triumphs in a Southeastern Conference set against Ole Miss (4-1, 8-0, 8-7).
The Crimson Tide held firm at fourth following a triumph at Houston (6-3) and a vital SEC road series win at No. 9 Texas A&M (2-3, 6-2, 4-1), while the fifth-ranked Golden Bears played just a single game at Sacramento State, winning 1-0.
No. 6 Tennessee tallied a pair of shutouts against Eastern Kentucky (8-0 in 5 inn.) and at then-No. 21 Kentucky (6-0), seventh-rated Missouri rolled past South Carolina on the strength of three-straight run-rule victories (10-2 in 6 inn., 12-3 in 5 inn., 8-0 in 5 inn.) and the eighth-ranked Longhorns swept a road set at Kansas (5-0, 16-4 in 5 inn., 5-4).
Ninth-ranked Texas A&M routed Texas State (9-1 in 5 inn.) before dropping the aforementioned series against No. 4 Alabama, two-games-to-one. Oregon concluded a Pac-12 series last Monday (March 25) with a 10-3 win over then-No. 15 Stanford before taking two-of-three match-ups at then-No. 16 Washington (12-1, 4-2, 1-2).
Following a league road sweep at the hands of Arkansas (2-5, 3-5, 1-8), previously 22nd-ranked Georgia became the lone team to drop out of the latest poll, while Wisconsin (27-4) made its season debut in the rankings at the No. 25 position.
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 31 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.
To view the complete USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, please click this link.