Oklahoma Sooners Capture Second Straight Softball Title

Oklahoma won 5-4 over Florida to claim their second straight national title and third in the last five years. (Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Softball on Twitter)

Oklahoma Sooners Capture Second Straight Softball Title

The Oklahoma Sooners swept the Florida Gators in the 2017 Women’s College World Series Championship Series to win their second straight national title. The Sooners won 5-4 and completed an undefeated stint at this year’s WCWS going 5-0.

It was a great run for Oklahoma as they lost their opening game of the regional they were hosting and then ripped off 11 wins in a row en rout to the title. The Sooners have now won three of the last five National Championships including last year’s.

In this year’s clincher,¬†the Sooners started the bottom of the first with a Nicole Mendes solo shot, her second in as many games. Florida responded in kind with Sophia Reynoso hitting her own lead off solo shot in the top of the second. The Gators added two more runs on a single by Aleshia Ocasio and when Kayli Kvistad was hit by a pitch. Florida held a 3-1 lead after an inning and a half.

Oklahoma wasted no time regaining the lead in the bottom of the second. The Sooners loaded the bases with two outs when Caleigh Clifton drew a walk to make it a 4-2 deficit. Game one heroine Shay Knighten had a bases load opportunity and took full advantage clearing the bases with a double. That put the Sooners up 5-3 and it would also prove to be the second straight game Knighten recorded the game winning RBI.

Florida drew one run back in the top of the third on a solo shot by Chelsea Herndon. They would not see a runner get to second base until the sixth inning, but a line out and strike out ended that threat. The Gators went down in order in the top of the seventh to give Oklahoma another National Championship, their fourth in school history (also won in 2000, 2013, and 2016).

Nicole Mendes started the game at pitcher for the Sooners going one inning and giving up one hit. Paige Parker allowed three runs on four hits while Mariah Lopez gave up the one run and earned the win. Paige Lowary finished off the game with two perfect innings and three strikeouts.

Shay Knighten had just one hit on three at bats, but it was a big hit driving home those three runs. Caleigh Clifton was the only Sooner to record multiple hits going two for two with a walk and a run scored.

The Gators opted to start Aleshia Ocasio in the circle and she gave up four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings while taking the loss. Delanie Gourley came on in relief giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts. The offense for Florida was spread out as six different batters recorded a hit (no batter had multiple hits).

Oklahoma Wins Epic Extra Inning Championship Series Game One

The opening game of the 2017 Women’s College World Series Championship Series was an all-time classic with Oklahoma winning 7-5 in 17 innings. (Photo courtesy of Oklahoma Softball on Twitter)

Oklahoma Wins Epic Extra Inning Championship Series Game One

A close and enthralling contest¬†needed more than two full games to decide a victor. Oklahoma¬†won 7-5¬†over Florida¬†in 17¬†innings as they took a 1-0 lead in the 2017 Women’s College World Series¬†Championship Series. Shay Knighten’s three run home run in the top of the 17th put the Sooners in front for good after the Gators battled back not once, but twice on their final strike.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Gators got on the board with a single by Aleshia Ocasio that brought home Nicole DeWitt. The Sooners responded right away in the top of the fifth with Sydney Romero driving home Nicole Pendley on a single.

Oklahoma took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth on a solo shot by Nicole Mendes. The Gators were down to their final out (and strike) when Sophia Reynoso hit a blooper into left-center field. The Sooners were deep in the outfield and could not come up with the catch as Ocasio came around to tie the game up and send the game into extra innings.

The teams failed to get much going in the eighth through eleventh innings as neither team had a runner get¬†to second base in those innings. In the twelfth inning, Oklahoma’s Shay Knighten led off with a double and was followed by Fale Aviu, who crushed a two run shot to give¬†Oklahoma a¬†4-2 lead.

The Gators started the bottom of the twelfth with a walk and a hit to put two on with no outs. The Gators then popped out on a bunt and struck out with back-to-back pinch hitters. Amanda Lorenz came up with two outs as Oklahoma went from Paige Parker back to starter Paige Lowary. Lowary got Lorenz to her final strike, but Lorenz was able to drive a ball to the left center field wall for a triple to bring home both runners and keep the game going.

The Sooners were able to get runners on first and second in the top of the 15th inning after Delanie Gourley hit Lea Wodach and a wild pitch followed to move the runners up a base. The next pitch was a ball to load the bases, but a ground out ended the threat.

In the top of the 16th, Oklahoma put two runners on with no outs and saw them both sacrificed up a base on a fly out to right center. A walk loaded the bases but a force out at home and strikeout left the bases loaded for the second straight inning.

The Sooners once again put two runners on base in the 17th and Shay Knighten finally put the runs across for Oklahoma with a three run home run.  The Gators were able to load the bases with one out and Lorenz at the plate where she hit a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 7-5. A strikeout from Lowary ended the game to give the Sooners the win after an incredible game.

Lowary started and ended the game as she went 10 1/3 innings giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out seven to earn the win. Parker went 6 2/3 innings giving up three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. Mendes, Knighten, Aviu, and Romero were the only Oklahoma hitters to finish with multiple hits.

Barnhill also started and ended the game for Florida, but she took the loss. She pitched 9 innings giving up five runs on nine hits with 13 strikeouts. Gourley threw 8 innings of relief ball giving up two runs on four hits with 13 strikeouts. Justine McLean, Reynoso, and Lorenz all finished with multiple hits for the Gators.

The Oklahoma Sooners are one victory away from their second straight national championship. Game 2 is Tuesday, June 6 at 8 PM Eastern Time and can be seen on ESPN.

2017 Women’s College World Series Championship Series Schedule

Florida advances to their third WCWS Championship Series in the past four season and will face Oklahoma. (Photo courtesy of Florida Gators Softball on Twitter)

2017 Women’s College World Series Championship Series Schedule

The final two teams for the 2017 Women’s College World Series have reached the pinnacle of the season. The Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners are the two teams that will play in best of three series to determine the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Softball National Champion.

Results for the Regional round are here, Super Regional Round are here, and the Women’s College World Series are here. The Oklahoma Sooners are going for their second straight National Championship while the Florida Gators are playing for their third title in the last four seasons.

The best of three series will start on Monday, June 5 at 7 PM Eastern Time. All three games can be seen on ESPN and we take a look at the path to the Championship Series for both teams.

Florida Gators (58-8 Overall)

Regular Season: SEC Champions (50-5 Overall and 20-3 SEC)

Conference Tournament: Lost in Quarterfinals to Ole Miss 2-0

Regional: Defeated Florida A&M 9-0, defeated Oklahoma State     2-0, lost to Oklahoma State 1-0, defeated Oklahoma State 5-0

Super Regional: Lost to Alabama 3-0, defeated Alabama 2-0, defeated Alabama 2-1

Women’s College World Series: Defeated Texas A&M 8-0, defeated LSU 7-0, defeated Washington 5-2

The Gators were the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and were one of the best teams all season especially in the circle. Florida has been on the brink of elimination a couple of times in this tournament, but they responded resolutely against Oklahoma State in the regionals and Alabama in the Super Regionals.

In Oklahoma City, the Gators hit another gear posting back-to-back shutouts against SEC foes Texas A&M and LSU. They nearly had a third against Washington, but gave up a home run when the Huskies were down to their final out. Nevertheless, Kelly Barnhill and Delanie Gourley pose an extremely formidable duo against the Sooners in what should be a series showcasing great pitching.

Oklahoma Sooners (59-9 Overall)

Regular Season: Big 12 Champions (50-8 Overall and 17-1 Big 12)

Conference Tournament: Won Big 12 Tournament (Defeated Texas 3-0, defeated Texas Tech 8-0, defeated Oklahoma State 2-0)

Regional: Lost to North Dakota State 3-2, defeated Arkansas 5-3, defeated North Dakota State 10-2, defeated Tulsa 6-4, defeated Tulsa 3-0

Super Regional: Defeated Auburn 4-0, defeated Auburn 5-2

Women’s College World Series:¬†Defeated Baylor 6-3, defeated Washington 3-1, defeated Oregon 4-2

Oklahoma began the season as the top team, but hit a rough patch early on. Since the Sooners lost back-to-back games against Cal Poly in mid-March, they have been on a tear losing just twice: once to Baylor in the regular season and to North Dakota State in the opening game of the regional.

Since the loss to NDSU, the Sooners have not dropped a game though they were nearly eliminated against Tulsa in the regional. However, their last five games against Auburn (twice on the road), Baylor, Washington, and Oregon have been nothing short of impressive. Paige Parker and Paige Lowary will be key in the circle in the same manner as Barnhill and Gourley for the Gators.

2017 Women’s College World Series Championship Series

Below is the schedule for the 2017 Women’s College World Series Champions Series. This is set to be an excellent matchup between Florida and Oklahoma particularly in the circle with four excellent pitchers. This will mark the fifth straight season that either the Gators or Sooners will go home with the NCAA Championship.

DateGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2Score
6/5/17Game 17 PM
ESPN
#10 Oklahoma#1 Florida7-5
(17 Innings)
6/6/17Game 28 PM
ESPN
#1 Florida#10 Oklahoma4-5
6/7/17Game 38 PM
ESPN
#10 Oklahoma#1 Florida

2017 Women’s College World Series Schedule

The Oklahoma Sooners will be back in Oklahoma City to defend their title. (Photo courtesy of OU Softball on Twitter)

2017 Women’s College World Series Schedule

The final eight teams in the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Softball season will be playing for the chance to win the Women’s College World Series with an updated bracket here. Each game of the 2017 Women’s College World Series will take place from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The 8 teams will compete in a double elimination format until only two teams are left. Those two remaining teams will then play in a best of three championship series to determine the 2017 National Champion.

The Oklahoma Sooners are the defending National Champions and return after a taking the difficult road in the first two rounds. They lost their Regional opener against North Dakota State and had to battle back by winning four straight elimination games. In the Super Regional they had to go to Auburn and they won the first two games to book their spot back in Oklahoma City. Results for the Regional round can be found here and the Super Regional round can be found here.

Of the eight schools, all of them have made a previous appearance at the WCWS and the field includes Florida, UCLA, and Washington. All eight teams are listed below with only Texas A&M (2008) not having made an appearance in the previous four seasons.

SeedTeamLast WCWSRecordConf.WCWS
Appearances
1Florida201555-8SEC8th
3Oregon201552-6Pac-125th
4UCLA201647-13Pac-1227th
6Washington201348-12Pac-1212th
9Texas A&M200847-11SEC8th
10Oklahoma201655-9Big 1211th
13LSU201647-20SEC6th
15Baylor201448-13Big 124th

The Women’s College World Series will get underway on Thursday, June 1 with four games scheduled for the opening day. The entire schedule can be found in the table below with the Championship Series located in a separate table.

The tables below will be updated with final scores as the games go final each day. Please note all times listed below are Eastern.

DateGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
6/1/17Game 112 PM
ESPN
#9 Texas A&M#1 Florida0-85 Innings
6/1/17Game 22:30 PM
ESPN
#13 LSU#5 UCLA2-1
6/1/17Game 37 PM
ESPN2
#6 Wash.#3 Oregon3-1
6/1/17Game 49:30 PM
ESPN2
#15 Baylor#10 Okla.3-6
6/2/17Game 57 PM
ESPN
#1 Florida#13 LSU7-0
6/2/17Game 69:30 PM
ESPN
#10 Okla.#6 Wash.3-1
6/3/17Game 712 PM
ESPN
#5 UCLA#9 Texas A&M8-2Texas A&M Elim.
6/3/17Game 82:30 PM
ESPN
#3 Oregon#15 Baylor7-4Baylor Elim.
6/3/17Game 97 PM
ESPN
#6 Wash.#5 UCLA1-0UCLA Elim.
6/3/17Game 109:30 PM
ESPN
#13 LSU#3 Oregon1-4LSU Elim.
6/4/17Game 111 PM
ESPN
#1 Florida#6 Wash.5-2Wash. Elim.
6/4/17Game 123:30 PM
ESPN
#3 Oregon#10 Okla.2-4Possible
Elim.
Game
6/4/17Game 137 PM
ESPN2
Game 11
Winner
Game 11
Loser
If Necessary
6/4/17Game 149:30 PM
ESPN2
Game 12
Winner
Game 12
Loser
If Necessary

2017 Women’s College World Series Championship Series

DateGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2Score
6/5/17Game 17 PM
ESPN
#10 Oklahoma#1 Florida7-5
(17 Innings)
6/6/17Game 28 PM
ESPN
#1 Florida#10 Oklahoma4-5
6/7/17Game 38 PM
ESPN
#10 Oklahoma#1 Florida

2017 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super Regionals Schedule

The national seeds and favorites dominated the regional round including the #5 seed UCLA Bruins. (Photo Courtesy of UCLA Softball on Twitter)

2017 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super   Regionals Schedule

The 2017 NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament has been pared from 64 teams down to 16. The national seeds were in good form as all 16 made it to the Super Regionals with an updated bracket here. There will be 8 best of three matchups in the Super Regional round with the games slated to take place between Thursday, May 25 and Sunday, May 28.

Below is a list of the 16 teams that made the Super Regional Round.

SeedTeamRecordConferenceSuper
Regional
Appearances
1Florida53-7SEC10th
2Arizona51-7Pac-1212th
3Oregon50-6Pac-128th
4Florida State54-6-1ACC6th
5UCLA45-13Pac-129th
6Washington46-11Pac-1211th
7Auburn49-10SEC3rd
8Tennessee47-10SEC9th
9Texas A&M45-10SEC6th
10Oklahoma54-9Big 1211th
11Utah36-14Pac-122nd
12Ole Miss43-18SEC1st
13LSU45-19SEC6th
14Kentucky39-17SEC5th
15Baylor46-12Big 126th
16Alabama45-16SEC13th

Below, we list each Super Regional in order of the potential Women’s College World Series matchup (1 v 8, 4 v 5, etc.). All dates and times listed below are tentative. Updates, along with final scores, will be made as the changes are known.

Super Regional #1 ‚ÄstGainesville

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/25/17Game #17 PM#16 Alabama#1 Florida3-0
5/26/17Game #28 PM#1 Florida#16 Alabama2-0
5/27/17Game #35 PM#16 Alabama#1 Florida1-2Florida To WCWS

Super Regional #8 ‚ÄstKnoxville

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/26/17Game #16 PM#9 Texas A&M#8 Tenn.1-8
5/27/17Game #25 PM#8 Tenn.#9 Texas A&M5-6
5/28/17Game #33 PM#9 Texas A&M#8 Tenn.5-3TAMU to WCWS

Super Regional #4 ‚ÄstTallahassee

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/26/17Game #15 PM#13 LSU#4 Fla. St1-3
5/27/17Game #23 PM#4 Fla. St#13 LSU0-1
5/28/17Game #31 PM#13 LSU#4 Fla. St6-4LSU To
WCWS

Super Regional #5 ‚Äď Los Angeles

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/25/17Game #19 PM#12 Ole Miss#5 UCLA7-811 Innings
5/26/17Game #29 PM#5 UCLA#12 Ole Miss1-0UCLA To WCWS
5/27/17Game #37 PM#12 Ole Miss#5 UCLAIf Necessary

Super Regional #6 ‚ÄstSeattle

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/26/17Game #111 PM#11 Utah#6 Wash.4-10
5/27/17Game #29 PM#6 Wash.#11 Utah8-9
5/28/17Game #310 PM#11 Utah#6 Wash.1-2Wash. To
WCWS

Super Regional #3 ‚ÄstEugene

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/26/17Game #17 PM#14 Kentucky#3 Oregon0-4
5/27/17Game #27 PM#3 Oregon#14 Kentucky6-5Oregon To WCWS
5/28/17Game #33 PM#14 Kentucky#3 OregonIf Necessary

Super Regional #7 ‚ÄstAuburn

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/26/17Game #14 PM#10 Okla.#7 Auburn4-0
5/27/17Game #21 PM#7 Auburn#10 Okla.2-5Okla.
To WCWS
5/28/17Game #31 PM#10 Okla.#7 AuburnIf Necessary

Super Regional #2 ‚ÄstTucson

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/26/17Game #18 PM#15 Baylor#2 Arizona2-3
5/27/17Game #28 PM#2 Arizona#15 Baylor4-6
5/28/17Game #36 PM#15 Baylor#2 Arizona6-5Baylor To WCWS

Women’s College World Series

The 2017 Women’s College World Series will take place between Thursday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 7 with every game shown on one of the ESPN family of network channels. All of the games will take place at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and OGE Energy Field from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Four Predictions For The 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament

Katiyana Mauga led the Arizona Wildcats with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs. She hopes to lead Arizona back to a National Title for the first time since 2007. (Photo Courtesy of Arizona Athletics)

Four Predictions For The 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament

With the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament about to start, it is time for some predictions. We have four predictions below, which are a combination of some likely and unlikely scenarios.

1. An Unseeded Team Will Make The WCWS

As noted prior to the start of the 2017 season, it has been five years since a team outside of the top 16 national seeds has meandered their way to the Women’s College World Series. Back in 2012, LSU and South Florida were the¬†two teams who went to the WCWS as unseeded squads.

Who will be the teams this year? There are actually plenty of candidates starting with Minnesota. They were completely disregarded by the Selection Committee and sent to the top quadrant. They have a road trip to the Tuscaloosa Regional followed by a probable three game set in Gainesville if they can make it out of the Regionals. That will be a very tough test for the Gophers.

How about Louisiana-Lafayette? They too were ignored by the Selection Committee, but at least they stay within the state. They go to #13 LSU and they could conceivably win that Regional. A big hurdle is the potential Super Regional against Florida State, but the Ragin’ Cajuns have the bats to knock some big names out of this tournament.

The #6 and #11 quadrants have probably the highest potential to send an unseeded team to Oklahoma City. #11 Utah has to face three solid teams in Fordham, Mississippi State, and BYU. #6 Washington welcomes a surging Fresno State team, Montana, and a Michigan. The Wolverines know all about making the WCWS as they have reached that destination three of the last four years.

Could there be a bigger shock in store in the Regional and Super Regionals rounds? Or will the national seeds hold sway and make it to the Super Regional round? Stay tuned to find out.

2. Minnesota Wins The Tuscaloosa Regional

This is hardly going out on a limb, but the Gophers will be determined to show the Selection Committee how badly they messed up. Minnesota’s pitching led by Sara Groenewegen, who is 30-2 with a 10-1 strikeout to walk ratio. She has struck out 280 batters, allowed 28 walks, and has an ERA of 0.59. The Gophers main competition will be Alabama, but they must make sure not to overlook Louisiana Tech in the opening game.

Alabama is a team that has struggled to score runs this year averaging just 4.40 per game, which ranks 121st in the nation. The pitching and defense are stellar at 10th and 12th respectively. The Tide have only scored more than five runs four times since April 1, but consider their opposition they achieved that against: Missouri, Lipscomb, UAB, and Samford. Alabama may not be as lucky to survive a close game against Minnesota if the offense continues their struggle.

3. At Least One National Seed Does Not Win A Regional Game

This is somewhat similar to the first prediction and this also has not happened since 2012 when UCLA lost to Hofstra and Florida State in back-to-back games as the 12 seed. Before that, it was Northwestern in 2009 that lost their first two games to Texas State and Louisiana-Lafayette also as the 12 seeds.

The reason this rarely happens is because the seeded teams face the lowest seed in the region for the opener, which is almost always weaker opposition. On paper, this year is seems no different as most of the national seeds look likely to win the opening game, but this tournament is pretty deep especially if the selection committee mis-seeded more teams than just Minnesota.

We think at least one or two teams might be able to scratch out a close victory over a national seed in the first game (DePaul, Fordham, Albany, Southern Illinois, or Kent State?) to give this prediction a chance of coming true.

4. The National Champion Will Be A Top 8 Seed

Since 2001, no team outside the top 6 National Seeds has won the Championship. That happened in 2008 when Arizona State won the National Title as the #6 seed and only once has a double digit seed even made the Championship or Championship Series. Arizona did so in 2010, but were swept in the Championship Series.

It is likely that the champion will once again be from the top 6 of Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Florida State, UCLA, and Washington. We will also include #7¬†Auburn, last year’s runner up, and #8¬†Tennessee, a team that has the ability to go on a run to win it all.

Two teams outside the top 8 who definitely could win the title are #9 Texas A&M and #10 Oklahoma. The Sooners are the defending National Champions and could eliminate Auburn once again if the two meet up in the Super Regional round. Even a team like #12 Ole Miss could pose problems if they continue to play like they did in the SEC Tournament.

Still, we think the winner is likely coming from the top of the seeding even in a tournament as strong¬†as this year’s. Florida’s defense and pitching, Arizona’s offense and pitching, and Oregon’s late season sweep of Florida State (another strong contender) all look poised to lift the trophy.

Minnesota Takes Over Top Spot In Coaches Poll After Week 14

The Gophers receive a tiny consolation in the form of the number one spot in the Coaches Poll. (Photo Courtesy of GopherSports.com)

Minnesota Takes Over Top Spot In Coaches Poll After Week 14

Just two days after being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, Minnesota took over the the top spot in the Coaches Poll. The Gophers remained third in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.

The Gophers claim 18 of 32 first place votes in the Coaches Poll with Florida dropping a spot to second and taking 12 first place votes. Oregon is third with the final two first place votes while Florida State and Arizona round out the top with neither team moving in the poll. The Seminoles won both the ACC and Regular Season titles while Arizona were crowned Pac-12 Champions.

Oklahoma, the Big 12 Regular Season and Tournament champions, remains sixth while Washington (seventh) and Auburn (eighth) swap positions. Also switching spots in the polls are UCLA (ninth) and Tennessee (tenth).

CAA Champions James Madison¬†are up one spot to 11th, Texas A&M is down a spot to 12th, and Ole Miss rockets up six places to 13th after winning the SEC tournament. Sun Belt Champions¬†Louisiana-Lafayette¬†(14th) and Alabama (15th) stay in place from last week’s rankings.

Utah is down three spots to 16th, Baylor is down a spot to 17th, and LSU is up three spots to 18th. Kentucky drops one place to 19th and rounding out the top 20 is Michigan, who fell three places.

BYU, winners of the West Coast Conference Regular Season Title, is down one place to 21st, Arizona State stays at 22nd, and Tulsa makes an appearance at 23rd after winning the American Athletic Conference. They were unranked last week and take the place of Marshall. South Carolina and Georgia remain at 24th and 25th respectively. The entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Minnesota (18)76754-32
2Florida (12)75850-61
3Oregon (2)73947-63
4Florida State70051-6-14
5Arizona68948-75
6Oklahoma63850-86
7Washington59343-118
8Auburn56646-107
9UCLA56042-1310
10Tennessee50444-109
11James Madison45350-612
12Texas A&M42442-1011
13Ole Miss40740-1819
14Louisiana38245-614
15Alabama34442-1615
16Utah32933-1413
17Baylor29543-1216
18LSU27041-1821
19Kentucky23836-1718
20Michigan20641-11-117
21BYU18343-1120
22Arizona State9730-2022
23Tulsa6939-15Not
Ranked
24South Carolina4432-2324
25Georgia2933-2125

In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, Oregon jumps ahead of Florida to claim the top spot. Oregon received just five of the 20 first place votes while Florida took nine. Third through fifth stay the same with Minnesota (five first place votes), Florida State, and Arizona (one first place vote).

Oklahoma stays in sixth and Washington is up two spots seventh. A tie for eighth place occurred between Auburn (no change) and UCLA (up two spots). Tennessee is down three places to tenth.

There was not much change between 11th and 15th as Texas A&M stays at 11th, James Madison (12th) and Baylor (13th) switch spots and another tie occurred at 14th. Alabama (up two spots) and Louisiana-Lafayette (up one spot) tied on 228 points to round out the top 15.

Ole Miss went up just two spots in this poll to 16th, Utah fell three to 17th, and Michigan was down one spot to 18th. 19th belongs to LSU (up two) and Kentucky is down one to finish out the top 20.

The bottom of the poll starts with BYU in 21st (down one), Arizona State (no change), and Tulsa (up one). South Carolina is 24th and the 25th place resulted in a third tie of this poll. Ohio State (down one) is joined by South Carolina Upstate for the final spot. The Spartans are ranked for the first time after winning the Atlantic Sun Regular Season and Conference Titles. The entire USA Softball poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Oregon (5)48047-62
2Florida (9)47150-61
3Minnesota (5)45454-33
4Florida State44251-6-14
5Arizona (1)42748-75
6Oklahoma40550-86
7Washington37043-119
T-8Auburn34846-108
T-8UCLA34842-1310
10Tennessee34144-107
11Texas A&M28542-1011
12James Madison25850-613
13Baylor23843-1212
T-14Alabama22842-1616
T-14Louisiana22845-615
16Ole Miss22640-1818
17Utah18333-1414
18Michigan14741-11-117
19LSU13841-1821
20Kentucky13536-1719
21BYU10744-1120
22Arizona State4430-2022
23Tulsa4139-15T-24
24South Carolina4032-2323
T-25Ohio State3735-16T-24
T-25USC Upstate3744-11Not
Ranked

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