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National Title Run Boosts Florida to No. 1 in Final USA Today/NFCA Division I Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A successful run to the program’s first national title at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., helped Florida (55-12) complete the 2014 campaign as the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the final USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll.

The Gators recorded a 10-1 mark on the road to their initial NCAA Division I crown, wrapping things up via a sweep of No. 2 Alabama (53-13) in the first-ever All-Southeastern Conference WCWS Championship Series by scores of 5-0 and 6-3. The second-ranked Crimson Tide had run off eight consecutive victories in NCAA tournament play before dropping the two title match-ups against rival Florida. 

To view the complete USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, please click this LINK.

Having completed the 2014 regular season on a run of six consecutive weeks at No. 1, Oregon (56-9-1) fell two spots to third in the final poll after the Ducks’ WCWS run ended in the semifinals against ‘Bama. 

The remainder of the top eight consisted of WCWS participants No. 4 Baylor (49-16), No. 5 Oklahoma (51-13), No. 6 Kentucky (50-19), No. 7 Florida State (55-9) and No. 8 Louisiana-Lafayette (49-10-1). Of that group, the fourth-ranked Bears (rose from 17th), the fifth-rated Sooners (up from 12th) and the sixth-ranked Wildcats (rose from 15th) made the largest positive moves from the final regular season listing. 

UCLA (52-8) plummeted from second to ninth after losing the final two games of its best-of three series against Kentucky in the Los Angeles Super Regional. Michigan (47-15) advanced three slots to 10th after a thrilling run through the Tempe Regional (eliminated then-No. 4 Arizona State) and a two-games-to-one defeat versus seventh-rated FSU in the Tallahassee Super Regional. 

USC Upstate (46-9) and James Madison (45-15) fell out of the final rankings, allowing for the entrances of No. 24 DePaul (44-11) and No. 25 Texas A&M (37-22). 

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.