College softball rankings: Undefeated Washington stays atop the latest poll
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).
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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 Utah and topping Louisiana Tech twice and 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.