LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Following a Pac-12 series-opening sweep of Washington, UCLA strengthened its hold on No. 1 in this week’s 2019 USA Today / NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Bruins (25-1) collected all but one of the 32 first-place votes and 799 points.

UCLA opened the series with a pair of late-inning wins, 3-0 and 4-2 (8), before scoring a season high in runs with a 15-6 victory over the Huskies (22-6) in the series finale.

No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Alabama remained in their respective spots. The Sooners (25-2) outscored their opposition, 58-2, posting shutouts against Loyola Marymount, Dartmouth and CSUN.

The Seminoles (27-3) received the other first-place vote after capturing their ACC-opening series against RV Notre Dame. FSU defeated the Irish in games one (11-1) and three (5-0), but dropped a 7-4 decision in game two.

The Crimson Tide (31-0) continued to roll picking up six more victories in Hawai’i. Alabama is the first NCAA program to reach the 30-win mark in 2019 and remains the only undefeated squad in the poll.

Tennessee and Florida moved past No. 7 Washington for the No. 5 and 6 positions. The Lady Vols (22-4) enjoyed a 4-1 week, which included two wins over BYU and a split with then-No. 11 Texas at home. The Gators (24-5) knocked off UCF and split the first two games of their SEC series at then-No. 9 LSU.

Rounding out the final three top-10 spots are No. 8 LSU, No. 9 Louisiana and No. 10 Texas. The Tigers (23-6) were 2-1 last week, defeating Troy, along with their at home split with Florida. The Ragin’ Cajuns (23-3) finished 5-0 last week, knocking off RV Baylor, Nicholls State and sweeping Troy in their Sun Belt-opening series. The Longhorns (25-6) went 4-1 with wins over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, BYU (2) and then-No. 6 Tennessee.

A red-hot Ole Miss squad enters this week’s poll at No. 24. The Rebels (21-7) have won seven straight and 13 of their last 14 contests, including triumphs over then-No. 14 Arkansas (2) and then-No. 18 Oklahoma State (2).

The 2019 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. The records reflect games played through March 17, 2019.

 

2019 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 19 (Week 6) 

Rank

School

Totals

2019

Record

Prev. Ranking

1

UCLA (31)

799

25-1

1

2

Oklahoma

760

25-2

2

3

Florida State (1)

717

27-3

3

4

Alabama

703

31-0

4

5

Tennessee

662

22-4

6

6

Florida

621

24-5

7

7

Washington

612

22-6

5

8

LSU

546

23-6

9

9

Louisiana

521

23-3

10

10

Texas

506

25-6

11

11

Arizona

459

21-7

12

12

Georgia

417

25-6

8

13

Kentucky

393

20-7

15

14

Texas Tech

383

27-2

13

15

Arkansas

368

21-7

14

16

South Carolina

307

21-7

16

17

Auburn

289

26-4

20

18

Arizona State

257

22-8

17

19

James Madison

173

15-5

22

20

Minnesota

170

19-8

21

21

Oklahoma State

154

20-7

18

22

Indiana

137

25-6

19

23

Wisconsin

130

21-3

23

24

Ole Miss

89

21-7

RV

25

Michigan

54

15-10

25

 

New to Poll:No. 24 Ole Miss

Dropped Out:No. 24 Boise State

Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech (42), Northwestern (37), Illinois (21), Boise State (15), Stanford (13), Notre Dame (10), UNLV (9), Colorado State (6), Oregon State (6), Baylor (5), Mississippi State (5), Louisiana Tech (2), Missouri (1), USC Upstate (1).

The 2019 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. Record reflect games played through March 17, 2019.

 

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