Florida Takes Over Top Spots After First Weekend

Florida Takes Over Top Spots After First Weekend

The Florida Gators are back on top of college softball in both polls after the first four days of action. The Gators took 18 of the 32 first place votes in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and 16 of the 20 first place votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.

The Gators defeated then #6 Michigan 2-1 on Saturday in 10 innings and also thoroughly defeated then #25 South Florida 8-0 on Sunday. Also in the Coaches Poll, Auburn (eight first place votes) stay at number two after defeating #1 Oklahoma on Thursday and losing to #13 Washington on Friday. Florida State (four first place votes) is ranked third while Oklahoma (two first place votes) dropped to fourth after losses to both #2 Auburn and #13 Washington. Alabama rounds out the top five after a 19 strikeout perfect game by Alexis Osorio. UCLA is ranked sixth and LSU is seventh.

Washington was the biggest winner over the weekend and they went from thirteenth to eighth (South Florida also moved up five spots from 25th to 20th). Oregon and Arizona round out the top 10 at ninth and tenth, respectively. Michigan dropped from sixth to eleventh due to losses to both Florida and South Florida while Louisiana-Lafayette dropped seven spots from eleventh to 18th.

Notre Dame and Florida Atlantic fell out of the Coaches Poll while Pittsburgh and BYU both entered in their place. Pittsburgh defeated Kentucky twice over the opening weekend. BYU faced Nebraska, #1 Oklahoma, #13 Washington, and #2 Auburn in their first four games with wins over Nebraska and Washington. The entire USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll can be found below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (18)7715-04
2Auburn (8)7583-12
3Florida State (4)7305-03
4Oklahoma (2)6842-21
5Alabama6405-07
6UCLA6045-08
7LSU5844-15
8Washington5623-113
9Oregon5516-09
10Arizona5305-010
11Michigan5133-26
12Georgia4665-012
13Minnesota3845-016
14James Madison3733-114
15Tennessee3605-015
16Utah3185-018
17Missouri2964-117
18Louisiana-Lafayette2834-211
19Texas A&M2354-019
20South Florida1333-125
21Fresno State1204-124
22Kentucky923-220
23Baylor883-221
24Pittsburgh825-0Not Ranked
25BYU522-2Not Ranked

In the USA Softball Poll, the Gators are first followed by Auburn, who was second last week and got one first place vote. Florida State is ranked third (three first place votes), Alabama moved up to fourth, and UCLA is number five.

Oklahoma fell from the top spot to sixth. Oregon, LSU, Washington, and Michigan complete the top ten. Washington went from 13th to 9th while Michigan fell from sixth to tenth. The biggest mover was Louisiana-Lafayette dropping from 11th to 18th.

Arizona State enters the USA Softball Poll ranked at number 21 after opening 7-0 while Pittsburgh also enters the top at 25 as the final team. Florida Atlantic and Notre Dame both fell out of the top 25, just as they did in the Coaches Poll.

The entire ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 can be found below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (16)4865-03
2Auburn (1)4623-12
3Florida State (3)4565-04
4Alabama4105-07
5UCLA4035-08
6Oklahoma (2)4022-21
7Oregon3616-09
8LSU3554-15
9Washington3443-113
10Michigan3233-26
11Arizona3015-012
12Georgia2785-010
13Minnesota2685-014
14Tennessee2365-015
15Utah2075-017
16James Madison1913-116
17Texas A&M1804-018
18Louisiana-Lafayette1754-211
19Missouri1584-119
20South Florida1253-1T-24
21Arizona State637-0Not Ranked
22California514-1T-24
23Kentucky443-220
24Baylor433-221
25Pittsburgh395-0Not Ranked

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