USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 PollUSA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 

UCLA received 22 first-place votes to secure the No. 1 position in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Softball Poll for the fourth straight week. 

The Bruins used a sweep over Arizona and Arizona State over the weekend to maintain the top position ahead of Texas, who received eight first-place votes to stay in the No. 2 spot. 

The Wildcats rebounded from the loss to UCLA and swept Washington to stay at No. 3, while Alabama picked up four SEC wins to knock fellow conference foe Tennessee out of the fourth spot. The Lady Vols dropped a pair of games to Georgia to fall two places to sixth, while UGA moved up one place to eighth. 

Oregon State leaped up the poll this week, jumping three places to No. 5 behind a 4-1 week. Pac-10 foe California, who dropped a decision to the Beavers during the week, stayed at No. 7 with a sweep of Oregon. Fellow conference opponents Stanford and Arizona State both remained in the top 10 again this week. The Cardinal fell three places to No. 9 after going 1-2 on the week, while the Sun Devils stayed at No. 10. 

LSU held the No. 11 position again this week. Michigan remained at No. 12, and fellow Big Ten squad Northwestern used a split with the Wolverines to move up one place to 13th. Nebraska matched Oregon State for the biggest leap in the poll, moving three places to No. 14 with a 3-0 week that included a win over Texas A&M. Louisiana-Lafayette dropped two places to No. 15. 

The Aggies and Washington both fell one spot in this week’s rankings, coming in at Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. Baylor stayed at No. 18, while Louisville advanced two spots to No. 19. Auburn stayed in the top 20 despite falling one place this week. 

Oklahoma and North Carolina both moved two spots in the poll. The Sooners advanced two places to No. 21, while the Tar Heels dropped two places to No. 22 after dropping a pair of games to an N.C. State squad that received its first national ranking in the program’s history. 

Fresno State dropped one place to 23rd, and South Florida debuted in the poll at No. 25 for the first time since the 2005 preseason poll. 

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