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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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2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Ninth Edition

Oregon impressively swept Florida State at home in a massive late season non-conference matchup. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard)

2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Ninth Edition

The 2017 college softball regular season is over for most teams across the country following week thirteen. There were some big games and upsets among the top teams in our final regular season power rankings. We take a look at the top 16 teams in our power rankings as well as the next four teams.

We will start by providing last week’s rankings below. Please note the records in the table below are as of May 2.

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC46-420-31
2ArizonaPac-1247-517-42
3OklahomaBig 1244-814-14
4MinnesotaBig 1048-319-15
5Florida StateACC47-3-124-06
6Texas A&MSEC41-715-53
7WashingtonPac-1237-1011-78
8OregonPac-1241-614-69
9TennesseeSEC42-814-67
10UtahPac-1232-912-410
11AuburnSEC43-815-611
12UCLAPac-1237-1211-712
13LouisianaSun Belt39-620-113
14BaylorBig 1239-1011-414
15James MadisonColonial44-615-215
16MichiganBig 1038-10-117-317
17Ole MissSEC34-178-1318
18AlabamaSEC39-1311-916
19LSUSEC37-1511-1019
20BYUWest Coast36-109-0Not
Ranked

Below are the previous editions of our Power Rankings.

First Edition (March 15)

Second Edition (March 22)

Third Edition (March 29)

Fourth Edition (April 5)

Fifth Edition (April 12)

Sixth Edition (April 19)

Seventh Edition (April 26)

Eighth Edition (May 3)

Below is the ninth edition of our 2017 power rankings. Please note the records listed are through games as of May 9.

#1 – Florida Gators (50-5 Overall, 20-3 SEC)

Florida (#1 last week) went 4-1 with the week beginning with a loss to Florida State. The Gators had their best ace in the circle with Kelly Barnhill, but despite the 21 strikeouts, they lost 3-1 in 11 innings. Florida finished the week going 4-0 over North Texas and Florida A&M by a combined score of 32-1 with only 13 hits allowed. The Gators will play in the SEC Tournament this week as the top seed.

#2 – Oklahoma Sooners (47-8 Overall, 17-1 Big 12)

Oklahoma (#3 last week) went 3-0 with a sweep of Oklahoma State in which they allowed only one run during the series. The series ended with a combined no-hitter from Nicole Mendes and Paige Lowary. The Sooners are playing their best ball of the season right now and they will be the top team in the Big 12 softball tournament.

#3 – Oregon Ducks (44-6 Overall, 14-6 Pac-12)

Oregon (#8 last week) makes a big move up after sweeping Florida State at home. Game one was an 11-0 final as seven different Ducks recorded an RBI and Megan Kleist allowed only two hits. Game two was a Maggie Balint three hitter with the Ducks scoring three sixth inning runs to win 3-1. The finale was tight throughout as FSU took a 1-0 lead in the second and Oregon tied it in the fifth. The bottom of the ninth saw Danica Mercado’s lead off double turn into the game winning run as Gwen Svekis hit a sacrifice fly to walk off for the win.

Oregon looked fantastic in sweeping the Seminoles and have the look of a national title contender. They have one final series at Stanford to close out the regular season.

#4 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (51-3 Overall, 22-1 Big 10)

Minnesota (#4 last week) had a great week going 3-0 over Penn State en route to capturing the Big 10 regular season title. The Gophers won each game by at least 9 runs and by a combined score of 35-3. Sara Groenewegen threw one hitters in the first and third games as the Gopher pitching staff allowed six hits over the three games. The Big 10 conference tournament is on deck for Minnesota.

#5 – Florida State Seminoles (48-6-1 Overall, 24-0 ACC)

Florida State (#5 last week) went 1-3 this week, but they took on a couple of the top teams in the nation. They won the midweek game at home to Florida 3-1 in nine innings. They overcame 21 strikeouts from Kelly Barnhill as the walk off home run was hit by Alex Powers.

The road trip to Eugene was not very successful as they were swept by Oregon. They were completely dominated in the opener losing 11-0, but were much more competitive in the final two losing 3-1 and 2-1 with the latter coming via walk off. It is hard to fault the Seminoles for taking on a tough schedule and their win over Florida keeps them here. They will be playing in the ACC Tournament this week as the top team.

#6 – Arizona Wildcats (48-7 Overall, 18-6 Pac-12)

Arizona (#2 last week) finished the season going 1-2 against UCLA in a three game set. Despite the series loss, the Wildcats won the Pac-12 Regular Season title and the Pac-12 automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Arizona was shut out twice to open the series before roaring back to win the finale 7-2 with four first inning runs.

The Wildcats do not have a series this weekend as they await finding out their national seed for the tournament. Arizona will undoubtedly be a top 8 team, which guarantees them hosting both a Regional and Super Regional should they get past the first round.

#7 – Tennessee Volunteers (44-9 Overall, 16-7 SEC)

Tennessee (#9 last week) played a three game series at Texas A&M and came away with two wins. The Vols did not get much going in a 5-1 loss to open the series, but came alive on offense scoring 8 runs in each of the final two games. Six different Vols recorded an RBI in game two while Meghan Gregg had 5 RBIs in the third game. Tennessee is a dangerous team going into post season play, which begins this week for the Vols with the SEC Tournament.

#8 – UCLA Bruins (39-13 Overall, 13-8 Pac-12)

UCLA (#12 last week) took two of three from Arizona at home. It was an impressive first two games as they shut out the Wildcats and allowed seven hits over the two games. They did not fare so well in the third game losing 7-2, but they had already taken the series.

UCLA continues to be one of the most enigmatic teams this season. They have won the first two games of three game series versus Washington, Oregon, and Arizona, but also have a series loss to Oregon State. There is no doubt UCLA is talented enough to beat any team when their hitting and pitching is on at the same time, it is just a matter of if those two happen at the same time. The Bruins are at Arizona State this weekend for one final series.

#9 – Texas A&M Aggies (42-9 Overall, 16-7 SEC)

Texas A&M (#6 last week) dropped two of three against Tennessee at home. They started well with a 5-1 win before the pitching gave up 16 runs on 22 hits over the final two games. The Aggies have hit a bit of rough patch losing four of their last six going into the SEC Tournament.

#10 – Washington Huskies (40-11 Overall, 13-8 Pac-12)

Washington (#7 last week) had a 3-1 week winning over Seattle on Wednesday and taking two of three from Stanford at home. The Huskies were in a battle in game one against Stanford, taking it 1-0 on a walk off home run from Kirstyn Thomas. Game two was the same for Washington in the fact they had a tough time scoring. They were one hit in a 6-0 loss before bouncing back to win 10-2 in game three.

It is a bit odd that the Huskies struggled with Stanford, a team that had only one Pac-12 win coming into this series. They have another tough opponent in Utah this weekend to end the regular season.

#11 – Auburn Tigers (45-9 Overall, 17-7 SEC)

Auburn (#11 last week) went into rival Alabama’s place and took two of three. It was their first series win in Tuscaloosa in program history. Each game was tightly contested as they needed 9 innings to win the opening game 3-0 and then won 4-1 in the second game behind Alyssa Rivera’s three run double. The Tigers had their chances to sweep Alabama in the final game as they loaded the bases in both of the first two innings, but came away empty. Haley Fagan hit two solo home runs, but it was enough as they lost 3-2.

Auburn is hungry to avenge last year’s loss in the WCWS Championship Series and their next step is the SEC Tournament this week.

#12 – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (42-6 Overall, 23-1 Sun Belt)

Louisiana-Lafayette (#13 last week) went 3-0 thanks to a sweep of in state foe Louisiana-Monroe. They posted two four hit shutouts and also won a close 6-5, which they led 6-0 after three innings. The Ragin’ Cajuns have the Sun Belt Tournament this week as they loom a very serious threat going into the NCAA Tournament.

#13 – Baylor Bears (41-11 Overall, 13-5 Big 12)

Baylor (#13 last week) took two of three from Texas to close out the regular season. Game one was a 2-1 victory as Kelsee Selman allowed two walks and four hits in a complete game. Game two was a 3-1 loss as the Bears gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Baylor won the third game 4-0 with Ari Hawkins driving in three runs. Baylor will be in the Big 12 Tournament this week.

#14 – Utah Utes (33-11 Overall, 13-6 Pac-12)

Utah (#10 last week) lost two of three to Oregon State on the road. The opener was a 5-0 loss as Taylor Cotton one hit the Utes. Utah was only able to muster two hits in a 3-1 game two loss before rebounding for a 6-0 win in the finale. Kay Kay Fronda and Anissa Urtez both recorded 2 RBIs. The regular season ends with a three game series against Washington.

#15 – James Madison Dukes (47-6 Overall, 18-2 Colonial)

James Madison (#15 last week) ended their regular season with a sweep of Elon. They won the three games by a combined score of 22-3 as Megan Good won all three games to improve to 34-1. Jessica Mrozek recorded 5 RBIs while Taylor Newton had 4 RBIs. The Dukes will be the top seed and host of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

#16 – Michigan Wolverines (41-10-1 Overall, 20-3 Big 10)

The Wolverines (#16 last week) ended their regular season with a fantastic sweep of Rutgers by a combined score of 45-2 over the three games. The finale was a combined no-hitter between Megan Betsa and Tera Blanco with Betsa striking out 17 over the her two starts. Michigan is rolling into the Big 10 tournament, which will be held at their home field.

Next Four

#17 – Ole Miss Rebels (36-18 Overall, 10-14 SEC)

Ole Miss (#17 last week) wrangled two of three from Missouri on the road, which can be a difficult place to win at. They opened with 6-0 and 12-4 wins as Kaitlin Lee threw the opening game shutout allowing one walk and four hits. Game two was dominated by Ole Miss’ offense between Courtney Syrett (4 RBIs), Dylinn Stancil (3 RBIs), and Kylan Becker (2 RBIs).

The Rebels nearly had the sweep, but gave up the tying run in the seventh and walk off run in the ninth inning of the finale. They will be in the SEC Tournament and kickoff against Mississippi State.

#18 – BYU Cougars (42-10 Overall, 12-0 West Coast)

BYU (#20 last week) continued their tear through the West Coast Conference going 6-0 on the week and 3-0 in conference. The sweep gave them their fourth straight West Coast Conference title and the automatic bid. They opened the week with a 6-0 win over Grand Canyon thanks to a two hitter by McKenna Bull where she struck out 9.

They swept Santa Clara on the road. The first two games were 5-0 and 3-1 wins while the final game was a 19-5 destruction with 11 first inning runs scored. Ashley Thompson and Libby Sugg both had 4 RBIs in the game.

BYU finished the week with a 10-2 win over Utah Valley and a 4-1 victory over Utah State. The Cougars will have one final series at St Mary’s before the NCAA Tournament begins.

#19 – Alabama Crimson Tide (40-15 Overall, 12-11 SEC)

Alabama (#18 last week) lost two of three to rival Auburn at home. They lost the opener 3-0 in nine innings and 4-1 in game two. They came back to win the finale 3-2 to salvage something against their rival. Alabama is 9-11 in their last 20 games going into the SEC Tournament where they open with Arkansas.

#20 – LSU Tigers (38-17 Overall, 12-12 SEC)

LSU (#19 last week) went on the road and lost two of three to South Carolina. All three games were decided by two runs or less. LSU’s offensive production was quite even as only two players (Emily Griggs and Amber Serrett) finished with multiple RBIs in the series. LSU opens with Missouri in the SEC Tournament.

Below is the Week Nine Power Rankings table:

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC50-520-31
2OklahomaBig 1247-817-13
3OregonPac-1244-614-68
4MinnesotaBig 1051-322-14
5Florida StateACC48-6-124-05
6ArizonaPac-1248-718-62
7TennesseeSEC44-916-79
8UCLAPac-1239-1313-812
9Texas A&MSEC42-916-76
10WashingtonPac-1240-1113-87
11AuburnSEC45-917-711
12LouisianaSun Belt42-623-113
13BaylorBig 1241-1113-514
14UtahPac-1233-1113-610
15James MadisonColonial47-618-215
16MichiganBig 1041-10-120-316
17Ole MissSEC36-1810-1417
18BYUWest Coast42-1012-020
19AlabamaSEC40-1512-1118
20LSUSEC38-1712-1219

Oregon and Minnesota Rise In Softball Polls Following Week 13

Oregon and Minnesota Rise In Softball Polls Following Week 13

The duo of Oregon and Minnesota enjoyed a boost in the NCAA Softball polls after week 13’s action. The pair still trail Florida, who is number one in both polls.

In the Coaches Poll, Florida took 22 of 32 first place votes as Minnesota (five first place votes) and Oregon (five first place votes) are close in tow. Florida State falls two spots to fourth after being swept by the Ducks and beating Florida. Arizona also drops two spots and round out the top five.

Oklahoma stays in place at sixth, Auburn is up two spots to seventh, and Washington falls one spot to eighth. Tennessee is up two places to ninth after taking two of three from Texas A&M and UCLA is also up two spots after defeating Arizona twice.

Texas A&M is down three spots to 11th, James Madison is up one place to 12th, and Utah is down three spots to 13th after losing two games against Oregon State. Louisiana-Lafayette is 14th and Alabama is 15th with those two teams switching places from last week.

Baylor (up one) is 16th, Michigan (up two) is 17th, and Kentucky (down two) is 18th. Ole Miss moves up two spots to 19th and BYU stays in place at 20th.

LSU falls three places to 21st, Arizona State stays at 22nd, and Marshall stays 23rd. The duo of South Carolina (24th) and Georgia (25th) round out the top 25 with both teams new to the poll this week. Arkansas and Tulsa both fell out of the Coaches Poll, which can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (22)78250-51
2Minnesota (5)75451-34
3Oregon (5)74444-65
4Florida State69448-6-12
5Arizona67148-73
6Oklahoma64547-86
7Auburn57045-99
8Washington56440-117
9Tennessee54744-911
10UCLA52939-1312
11Texas A&M50542-98
12James Madison44047-613
13Utah41433-1110
14Louisiana37342-615
15Alabama33740-1514
16Baylor30641-1117
17Michigan27541-10-119
18Kentucky25335-1616
19Ole Miss23236-1821
20BYU21340-1020
21LSU19838-1718
22Arizona State11330-1722
23Marshall7440-823
24South Carolina5032-22Not
Ranked
25Georgia3033-21Not
Ranked

In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, Florida is also #1 with 12 of the 20 first place votes. Oregon (up from fifth) is second in this poll with four first place votes while Minnesota (up one) is third with the final four first place votes. Florida State (fourth) and Arizona (fifth) both fall two spots.

Oklahoma is up one spot to sixth after sweeping Oklahoma State. Tennessee (seventh) and Auburn (eighth) move up two spots each as Washington falls one place to ninth. UCLA is up two spots to round out the top 10.

Texas A&M plummets five spots to 11th after losing two of three at home to Tennessee. The pair of Baylor and James Madison are up one spot to 12th and 13th respectively. Utah is down three places to 14th while Louisiana is up on place to 15th.

Alabama is down a spot to 16th, Michigan stays at 17th, Kentucky remains in 18th, Ole Miss is up two spots to 19th, and BYU stays at 20th. LSU is 21st (down two spots), Arizona State moves up a place to 22nd, and South Carolina enters the poll at 23rd.

The bottom of the poll sees a three way tie for 24th. Marshall, Ohio State, and Tulsa all received 27 points. Ohio State is the newcomer, replacing Illinois. The entire USA Softball Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (12)48750-51
2Oregon (4)46944-65
3Minnesota (4)45751-34
4Florida State43448-6-12
5Arizona42248-73
6Oklahoma39747-87
7Tennessee38044-99
8Auburn34545-910
9Washington34240-118
10UCLA33439-1312
11Texas A&M33342-96
12Baylor25241-1113
13James Madison25147-614
14Utah23733-1111
15Louisiana23042-616
16Alabama19940-1515
17Michigan18641-10-117
18Kentucky13435-1618
19Ole Miss13536-1821
20BYU13040-1020
21LSU10038-1719
22Arizona State6830-1723
23South Carolina3532-22Not
Ranked
T-24Marshall2740-825
T-24Ohio State2733-15Not
Ranked
T-24Tulsa2737-1524

With conference tournaments taking place this week, the NCAA Tournament is just over a week away.

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2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Eighth Edition

Kendyl Lindaman has been fantastic for Minnesota, which is also having a stellar season. (Photo courtesy of GopherSports.com)

2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Eighth Edition

With April officially over, we are closing in fast on conference tournaments as well as the NCAA tournament. Week twelve had few surprises and we take a look at the top 16 teams in our power rankings as well as the next four teams.

We will start by providing last week’s rankings below. Please note the records in the table below are as of April 25.

Few Changes In NCAA Softball Polls Following Week 12

Few Changes In NCAA Softball Polls Following Week 12

The twelfth week of games in the 2017 NCAA Softball season produced few upsets. As such, there were not a lot of changes in the polls with Florida continuing to be the top team in both polls.

In the Coaches Poll, the top four teams remained the same with Florida taking 18 of the 32 first place votes. Florida State is second with 11 first place votes, Arizona is third with one first place vote, and Minnesota is fourth with two first place votes. Oregon moves back into the top five after sweeping Oregon State.

Oklahoma and Washington both moved up a spot to sixth and seventh respectively. Texas A&M lost twice to Kentucky and subsequently fall three spots to eighth. Auburn and Utah remain in place at ninth and tenth respectively.

Tennessee (11th) and UCLA (12th) also did not move in the polls as James Madison (13th) and Alabama (14th) swap spots from last week. In 15th is Louisiana-Lafayette, which moved up a spot after clinching the Sun Belt regular season title.

Kentucky is up two spots to 16th, Baylor is down two places to 17th, LSU is up one spot to 18th, Michigan stays at 19th, and BYU moves up a place to 20th.

Ole Miss fell one spot to 21st despite taking two of three from Alabama. Arizona State is up one spot to 22nd, Marshall is up two places to 23rd, and Arkansas stays at 24th. A new entrant, Tulsa, moves into the final spot as Georgia falls out of the top 25. The entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (18)78346-41
2Florida State (11)77547-3-12
3Arizona (1)72347-53
4Minnesota (2)71148-34
5Oregon66141-66
6Oklahoma62444-87
7Washington58937-108
8Texas A&M58741-75
9Auburn54743-89
10Utah50330-910
11Tennessee49042-811
12UCLA44737-1212
13James Madison39844-614
14Alabama37839-1213
15Louisiana33036-616
16Kentucky31934-1418
17Baylor31339-1015
18LSU26937-1517
19Michigan22737-10-119
20BYU17736-1021
21Ole Miss17333-1720
22Arizona State9928-1623
23Marshall6838-725
24Arkansas4530-1824
25Tulsa3736-13Not
Ranked

In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, Florida retains the top spot with 13 of the 20 first place votes. Florida State moves up one place with four first place votes, Arizona falls one spot to third, and Minnesota is up a spot to fourth taking the final three first place votes. Rounding out the top five is Oregon, which moved up one spot.

Texas A&M falls two spots to sixth and Oklahoma remains seventh. Washington (8th) and Tennessee (9th) switch spots with Auburn staying in tenth. 11 through 13 remain the same from last week with Utah, UCLA, and Baylor. James Madison (14th) and Alabama (15th) swap places.

Louisiana and Michigan stay at 16th and 17th respectively as Kentucky moved up a notch to 18th. LSU falls one spot to 19th and BYU did not change at 20th. Ole Miss, Illinois, and Arizona State all stay the same from last week in 21st, 22nd, and 23rd respectively.

Two new teams emerge in the USA Softball Poll with Tulsa 24th and Marshall 25th. They replace California and Georgia from last week’s rankings. The entire USA Softball Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (13)48946-41
2Florida State (4)47647-3-13
3Arizona46247-52
4Minnesota (3)44448-35
5Oregon40641-66
6Texas A&M38441-74
7Oklahoma38144-87
8Washington36137-109
9Tennessee35442-88
10Auburn33043-810
11Utah29530-911
12UCLA27337-1212
13Baylor23739-1013
14James Madison22344-615
15Alabama21439-1214
16Louisiana21239-616
17Michigan17637-10-117
18Kentucky17534-1419
19LSU14737-1518
20BYU11636-1020
21Ole Miss10333-1721
22Illinois7135-1222
23Arizona State5028-1623
24Tulsa3636-13Not
Ranked
25Marshall1438-7Not
Ranked

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Week Twelve Review

2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Seventh Edition

Kelly Barnhill and the Florida Gators had a dominant weekend showing against Ole Miss. Barnhill had 25 strikeouts in two wins over the Rebels. (Photo courtesy of SECSports.com)

2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Seventh Edition

The eleventh week of the NCAA softball season is in the books and there was not nearly as much turmoil as last week when it felt as if every top 25 team suffered a loss. Below we list the top 16 teams along with the next four teams.

We will start by providing last week’s rankings below. Please note the records in the table below are as of April 18.

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC40-315-21
2Texas A&MSEC37-411-34
3ArizonaPac-1243-313-22
4OklahomaBig 1239-79-08
5MinnesotaBig 1038-311-19
6Florida StateACC41-3-118-03
7OregonPac-1237-410-46
8UtahPac-1228-810-310
9AuburnSEC36-710-57
10TennesseeSEC39-511-314
11WashingtonPac-1231-108-715
12UCLAPac-1230-125-75
13BaylorBig 1235-78-111
14LouisianaSun Belt32-614-113
15AlabamaSEC36-910-712
16James MadisonColonial37-610-218
17Ole MissSEC31-136-919
18LSUSEC33-128-716
19MichiganBig 1032-9-112-217
20Jacksonville
State
Ohio Valley32-911-120

Below are the previous editions of our Power Rankings.

First Edition (March 15)

Second Edition (March 22)

Third Edition (March 29)

Fourth Edition (April 5)

Fifth Edition (April 12)

Sixth Edition (April 19)

Below is the seventh edition of our 2017 power rankings. Please note the records listed are through games as of April 25.

#1 – Florida Gators (44-3 Overall, 18-2 SEC)

Florida (#1 last week) had a dominating week going 4-0 and allowing just one run and 11 hits in those four games. They defeated Central Florida on Wednesday and Ole Miss over the weekend. The pitchers were on top of their game led by Kelly Barnhill. She won on Friday and Sunday allowing four hits and striking out 25! Barnhill is now 20-0 and is a strikeout machine with 230 as of this posting. She has 11 games with double digit strikeouts totals.

The Gators are a scary team especially if this past week is replicated over the next six weeks. They face a tough test over the weekend on the road in Tennessee.

#2 – Arizona Wildcats (45-4 Overall, 15-3 Pac-12)

Arizona (#3 last week) reclaims second place here after taking two of three against Oregon. They opened the series with a close 2-0 win led by Danielle O’Toole’s complete game five hitter. The second game was far different as Arizona won 10-7 and Katiyana Mauga went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. The Wildcats dropped the third game, a 4-3 decision, after giving up two solo shots in the sixth inning. It was an impressive showing in a battle of two of the top Pac-12 squads. Arizona will stay at home and welcome Arizona State this weekend.

#3 – Texas A&M Aggies (40-5 Overall, 14-3 SEC)

The Aggies (#2 last week) started the week with an 11-9 loss at home to Louisiana-Lafayette. They fell behind 11-2 after three innings, but made a furious rally that came up just short. They finished the weekend with a sweep of Georgia. The final two games showcased their strong pitching as they won 1-0 and 2-0.  Texas A&M faces Kentucky on the road over the weekend.

#4 – Oklahoma Sooners (41-8 Overall, 11-1 Big 12)

Oklahoma (#4 last week) went 2-1 as they played Baylor in a three game set. The first two games were decided by one run with the teams splitting those. The first game was scoreless until the eighth inning when both teams scored. Fale Aviu doubled home the tying and winning runs in the ninth for the 3-2 win. The second game was Baylor’s 4-3 win as they got to Paige Lowary and knocked her out of the game after 2 1/3 innings. The Sooners rallied from a 4-0 deficit, but came up short.

The final game was a 6-0 win that was a 5-0 contest after two innings. The Sooners cruised to the victory and a tie atop the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma will be traveling to Texas Tech for a three game series this weekend.

#5 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (43-3 Overall, 16-1 Big 10)

Minnesota (#5 last week) went 5-0, all in Big 10 play. The Gophers allowed just two runs in those games while scoring 35. Sara Groenewegen went 3-0 over the week pitching 25 innings allowing no runs, 14 hits, and striking out 35 batters. As she goes, so do the Gophers and right now she is doing very well in the circle. Minnesota plays North Dakota State in a doubleheader on Wednesday and then welcomes Purdue to Jane Sage Cowles Stadium over the weekend.

#6 – Florida State Seminoles (44-3-1 Overall, 21-0 ACC)

Florida State (#6 last week) had a successful weekend sweeping Louisville while also clinching the ACC Regular Season title. The first game was an 11-0 crushing of the Cardinals, which clinched the ACC title. The final two games were much closer and the Seminoles were able to pull out both wins. They won 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday and 5-4 on Monday.

Florida State has easily been the best team in the ACC from the start of the season. They have been rewarded with the crown and will have a final series at home in ACC play against North Carolina.

#7 – Tennessee Volunteers (41-6 Overall, 13-4 SEC)

Tennessee (#10 last week) may have seen their win streak end at 20, but not before taking two of three from LSU on the road. They won 6-3 and 6-4 as they overturned deficits in both of those games. The final game was a tough 1-0 loss that saw the Vols lose on a walk off home run in game that neither team deserved to lose. Tennessee managed only one hit while LSU had just two.

Tennessee is a dark horse team going into the tournament and we will get a real good look at their potential the next two weeks starting with a three game set at home versus Florida this weekend.

#8 – Washington Huskies (34-10 Overall, 8-7 Pac-12)

Washington (#11 last week) had an impressive week in Alabama winning one game at UAB and two at Alabama. The Huskies used strong pitching to win all three games as they allowed 13 hits over the three games and produced two shutouts. The Huskies appear to be hitting their best stride winning 8 of their last 10 including wins over UCLA, Oregon (twice), and Alabama (twice). They will be at California over the weekend.

#9– Oregon Ducks (38-6 Overall, 11-6 Pac-12)

Oregon (#7 last week) continued their slide losing two of three to Arizona on the road. All three games were competitive, but the Ducks could not come out on top beyond the final game. They lost 2-0 and 10-7, but won 4-3 in the final game after falling behind.

After opening 35-0, Oregon has stumbled going 3-6. Their last three Pac-12 series have resulted in 1-2 finishes each time. The Ducks are still a very good team, but just stuck in a rut. They play Oregon State at home this weekend.

#10 – Utah Utes (30-9 Overall, 12-4 Pac-12)

Utah (#8 last week) had a very competitive weekend series at Arizona State winning two of three. All three games were decided by one run and in the seventh inning. The offense for Utah was excellent in the first two games despite the opening game loss. They tallied 15 runs on 19 hits and then won the final game 2-1 with only three hits. Bridget Castro hit the game deciding home run in the top of the seventh.

Utah has shown the ability to win high scoring, low scoring, and close games. Utah has an odd week scheduled with Weber State on Wednesday day and then they do not play again until Tuesday, May 2 against Grand Canyon in a doubleheader.

#11 – Auburn Tigers (39-8 Overall, 12-6 SEC)

Auburn (#9 last week) had a tough time off the field, but still managed to go 3-1. They started with a 7-3 win over Kennesaw State on Wednesday, but the off the field drama was about to start. Three players, Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin, and Brittany Maresette, were arrested on possession of marijuana and suspended indefinitely.

The Tigers responded with back-to-back 2-0 shutout wins over South Carolina on the road before dropping the final game 3-0. Kaylee Carlson threw the first complete game shutout allowing four hits while Ashlee Swindle and Carlson combined to allow two hits in the second shutout win. The losses of Fagan and Martin will hurt Auburn, but there is still plenty of talent.

Auburn faces Alabama State on Wednesday and then plays three at home against Mississippi State over the weekend.

#12 – UCLA Bruins (33-12 Overall, 8-7 Pac-12)

UCLA (#12 last week) came back from a surprising series loss to Oregon State to sweep California. The Bruins rallied to win the first game after trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. A two run hit by Bubba Nickles tied the game and Gabrielle Maurice completed the comeback with a double to left field. Game two was a 3-1 win and the final game ended 8-1 for UCLA as Delaney Spaulding (3 for 4 and 4 RBIs) and Nickles (2 for 3 and 3 RBIs) led the offense. UCLA faces Cal State-Northridge on Wednesday and Stanford over the weekend.

#13– Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (36-6 Overall, 17-1 Sun Belt)

Louisiana-Lafayette (#14 last week) had an excellent week going 4-0 with a road win at Texas A&M and a sweep of Georgia State over the weekend. Louisiana held on for an 11-9 win over the Aggies after leading 11-2 following the third inning. Haley Hayden hit a grand slam and a three run double while DJ Sanders had a home run.

Against Georgia State, Louisiana blitzed them with 40 runs while giving up 11. DJ Sanders had a great weekend going 4 for 4 with 10 runs scored, 7 RBIs, and drawing 7 walks. She hit three home runs as did Aleah Craighton and Haley Haden hit two home runs.

The nation’s best offense showed their ability against one of the best teams in Texas A&M. They face Coastal Carolina at home for a three game set over the weekend.

#14 – Baylor Bears (37-9 Overall, 9-3 Big 12)

Baylor (#13 last week) went 2-2 last week after losing two of three at Oklahoma and defeating Lamar on Tuesday. The first two games versus the Sooners were one run games. The final game was a 6-0 loss and they were overwhelmed early giving up 5 runs in the first two innings. The Bears were able to win 4-1 over Lamar with Maddison Kettler going 3 for 3 with an RBI. The Bears will be at home over the weekend against Oklahoma State in another matchup of top Big 12 squads.

#15 – James Madison Dukes (39-6 Overall, 12-2 Colonial)

James Madison (#16 last week) played just two games due to weather cancellations. They defeated UNC-Wilmington in their two games on Sunday 4-1 and 4-0. Game on was a Megan Good four hit performance as she also drove in a run and Taylor Newton drove home the other three.

Game two saw the Dukes throw a combined two hitter between Odicci Alexander and Megan Good. Both gave up on hit as Good doubled home one run and hit a two run home run. JMU will travel to face North Carolina on Wednesday and then face Drexel at home over the weekend.

#16 – Alabama Crimson Tide (38-11 Overall, 10-7 SEC)

Alabama (#15 last week) went 2-2 with both losses coming at home to Washington. The Tide could not rally back from two runs in the seventh inning in game one. Game two saw Washington hit three home runs and shutout the Tide 3-0. The wins came against Southern Miss and Samford. Alabama will be at Ole Miss this weekend.

Next Four

#17 – Michigan Wolverines (34-10-1 Overall, 14-3 Big 10)

Michigan (#19 last week) had a three game set at Wisconsin and took two of three. Game one was their only loss and it was a tough loss. Megan Betsa allowed two hits over 10 innings and struck out 18, but it was not quite good enough. The final two games saw the offense come alive as they outscored the Badgers 18-2 with both games ending after five innings. Michigan faces Indiana at home over the weekend and Western Michigan on Tuesday.

#18 – Ole Miss Rebels (31-16 Overall, 6-12 SEC)

Ole Miss (#17 last week) went on the road to top ranked Florida and it did not turn out well for the Rebels. To be fair, only two teams, Maryland and Auburn, have won in Gainesville. Ole Miss had a tough time getting anything going and it showed as they were held to 7 hits while being shut out in all three games. The competition gets only slightly easier for Ole Miss as they face Jacksonville State on Wednesday and Alabama over the weekend.

#19 – LSU Tigers (35-14 Overall, 9-9 SEC)

LSU (#18 last week) ran into one of the hottest teams in the nation in Tennessee and took one of three games. The Tigers had their chances against the Vols as they led in all three games, but squandered leads in the first two games. Still, the Tigers were competitive in all three games and remain a serious threat against any opponent they face. LSU will be at home for three games against Missouri this weekend.

#20 – Jacksonville State Gamecocks (34-9 Overall, 13-1 OVC)

Jacksonville State (#20 last week) played in two games against SIU-Edwardsville and won both of them. Their other two games were scheduled to be against Eastern Illinois, but were rained out. Against SIU-Edwardsville, Jacksonville State won 5-3 and 2-1 as the Gamecocks won both games late. JSU still leads the Ohio Valley Conference and they have one last chance to get a major non-conference victory at Ole Miss on Wednesday. They will also play at Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in doubleheaders over the weekend.

Knocking on the Door

There were no additions or subtractions from the top 20 this week. The teams below have some work to do to be one of the top twenty, but could make a jump over the new week or two (in alphabetical order):

Arkansas, Arizona State, BYU, California, Florida International, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Marshall, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, SIU-Edwardsville, and Texas State.

Below is the Week Seven Power Rankings table:

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC44-318-21
2ArizonaPac-1245-415-33
3Texas A&MSEC40-514-32
4OklahomaBig 1241-811-14
5MinnesotaBig 1043-316-15
6Florida StateACC44-3-121-06
7TennesseeSEC41-613-410
8WashingtonPac-1234-108-711
9OregonPac-1238-611-67
10UtahPac-1230-912-48
11AuburnSEC39-812-69
12UCLAPac-1233-128-712
13LouisianaSun Belt36-617-114
14BaylorBig 1237-99-313
15James MadisonColonial39-612-216
16AlabamaSEC38-1110-715
17MichiganBig 1034-10-114-319
18Ole MissSEC31-166-1217
19LSUSEC35-149-918
20Jacksonville
State
Ohio Valley34-913-120

Florida Consolidates Lead Atop Softball Polls After Week 11

Florida Consolidates Lead Atop Softball Polls After Week 11

The Florida Gators had a strong week on the diamond, which helped them gain a bigger stranglehold on the top spot in both polls. Florida took 30 of 32 first place votes in the Coaches Poll (up from 26 last week) and received 17 of 20 first place votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll (up from 15 last week).

In the Coaches Poll, Florida is followed by Florida State and Arizona (one first place vote) with neither team moving from their spot last week. Minnesota (one first place vote) swaps places with Texas A&M with the Gophers in fourth and the Aggies sliding a spot to fifth.

Oregon stays at sixth despite losing two of three at Arizona. Oklahoma is up a spot after taking two of three from Baylor and Washington also moves up a spot to eighth. Auburn falls two spots to ninth place while Utah (no change) rounds out the top 10.

Tennessee stays at 11th after taking two of three at LSU, UCLA is up a spot to 12th, and Alabama falls one place to 13th after losing to back-to-back games at home to Washington. James Madison and Baylor remain at fourteenth and fifteenth respectively.

Louisiana-Lafayette sits at 16th, LSU is 17th, Kentucky is 18th, Michigan is 19th, and Ole Miss is 20th. The next four teams remain in the same spot as last week: BYU in 21st, Georgia in 22nd, Arizona State in 23rd, and Arkansas in 24th. In 25th is Marshall, a newcomer to the poll, as they replace Illinois. The entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (30)79844-31
2Florida State75443-3-12
3Arizona (1)74145-43
4Minnesota (1)69443-35
5Texas A&M68540-54
6Oregon62338-66
7Oklahoma58441-88
8Washington57234-109
9Auburn54239-87
10Utah51030-910
11Tennessee49841-611
12UCLA43733-1213
13Alabama40937-1112
14James Madison38239-614
15Baylor35636-915
16Louisiana32736-617
17LSU28634-1416
18Kentucky23830-1320
19Michigan22334-10-119
20Ole Miss19131-1618
21BYU17532-1021
22Georgia9930-1822
23Arizona State8327-1423
24Arkansas4628-1724
25Marshall3835-7Not
Ranked

In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, Florida is trailed by Arizona (one first place vote), Florida State, Texas A&M (one first place vote), and Minnesota (one first place vote). None of the teams in the top five changed positions from last week.

Oregon remains sixth while Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington all moved up a spot to seventh, eighth, and ninth respectively. Auburn, which was hurt by off the field issues on Thursday, fell to tenth from seventh.

Utah is still 11th, UCLA is up two spots to 12th, Baylor remains in 13th, Alabama is down two places to 14th, and James Madison stays at 15th. Louisiana-Lafayette moves up two spots to 16th, Michigan stays in 17th, and LSU falls two spots to 18th. Kentucky rises two spots to 19th and BYU is down a spot to 20th.

Ole Miss falls one spot to 21st, Illinois went from unranked to 22nd, and Arizona State is up a place to 23rd. California falls two spots to 24th and Georgia does the same to 25th. There were changes in the USA Softball Poll in terms of teams coming and going. The entire poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)RecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (17)44-31
2Arizona (1)45-42
3Florida State44-3-13
4Texas A&M (1)40-54
5Minnesota (1)43-35
6Oregon38-66
7Oklahoma41-88
8Tennessee41-69
9Washington34-1010
10Auburn39-87
11Utah30-911
12UCLA3-1214
13Baylor6-913
14Alabama37-1112
15James Madison39-615
16Louisiana-Lafayette36-618
17Michigan34-10-117
18LSU34-1416
19Kentucky30-1321
20BYU32-1019
21Ole Miss31-1620
22Illinois34-11Not
Ranked
23Arizona State27-1424
24California26-1622
25Georgia30-1823

Previous Polls

Below are the polls from earlier in the season.

Preseason Polls

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After Week 3 Polls

After Week 4 Polls

After Week 5 Polls

After Week 6 Polls

After Week 7 Polls

After Week 8 Polls

After Week 9 Polls

After Week 10 Polls

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