Oklahoma Sooners No. 1 in USA TODAY NFCA Coaches Poll, but UCLA still garners a first place vote
The Oklahoma Sooners bounced back from their first loss of the season to the Baylor Bears in ferocious fashion, going 5-0 at the Mary Nutter Classic. Their weekend in California included four run-rule wins and a 14-0 shellacking of the UCLA Bruins, who took over the top spot ever so briefly.
After outscoring their Mary Nutter opposition 50-4, the Oklahoma Sooners returned to their rightful place on top of the USA TODAY Sports NFCA Coaches Poll. This is a day after regaining the top spot in the D1 Softball top 25 yesterday.
UCLA, who has had a tremendous season in its own right, was the only other team to receive a first-place vote.
Sure, they’d played great until they ran into the buzzsaw that was the Sooners, but they had no answers for Oklahoma’s lineup in the circle or at the plate against Alex Storako.
Had it been a close win for Oklahoma, it would feel justified, but the Sooners erased any doubts as to who were still the queens of college softball.
The Sooners were joined by three other teams in the top 25. Baylor, who holds the only win over Oklahoma this season, moved up four spots to No. 21 after another phenomenal week. Texas held steady at No. 9 and Oklahoma State moved up a spot to No. 3 in the nation.
Here’s a look at the USA TODAY Sports NFCA Coaches Poll.
Wichita State Shockers
With her first inning single Sydney McKinney becomes the first Shocker in school history to record 300 career hits.
Simply put, the best to ever do it.@sydneyrmckinney x @NCAASoftball pic.twitter.com/tejD3to6x5
— Wichita State Softball (@GoShockersSB) February 19, 2023
Last Week: Received Votes
New To Poll: No. 23 Arizona State, No. 25 Wichita State
Dropped Out: No. 21 Maryland, No. 23 UCF
Receiving Votes: Maryland (34), Louisiana (33), Cal State Fullerton (24), Texas A&M (20), Mississippi State (13), UCF (11), Charlotte (3), Evansville (2), San Diego State (2), Central Arkansas (1), Utah (1).
The 2023 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA’s Division I Conferences. Records reflect games played through Feb. 26.
Let's go to the Beach-each, let's go get a wave 🌊
Closing the @NutterClassic on a high note with a run-rule win over Long Beach State. #OwnIt #MIZ 🐯🥎 pic.twitter.com/nvet1vqTKT
— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) February 26, 2023
Last Week: 24
Arizona State Sun Devils
We get the series sweep 🧹#ForksUp /// #O2V pic.twitter.com/t8zjBglhfF
— Sun Devil Softball (@ASUSoftball) February 26, 2023
Last Week: Received Votes
Another game, another lockdown performance in the circle 🔒😤#GoCats | #BeRemarkable pic.twitter.com/DVRonk56s4
— Northwestern Softball (@NUSBcats) February 26, 2023
Last Week: 19
B3 | Bears LEAD, 9-2 after three complete!!#SicEm 🐻🥎 pic.twitter.com/sf2OuRiZJJ
— Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) February 26, 2023
Last Week: 25
BOOOOOOM!#GoDucks | #Version5 pic.twitter.com/Q3iYxH7DDz
— Oregon Softball (@OregonSB) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 22
𝗦𝗘𝗖 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗪𝗘𝗘𝗞 🏆
🎮 Video Game Numbers
🥎 1.786 Slugging
🥎 Four Home Runs
🥎 11 RBI
📰: https://t.co/2dCZI3evKq#WarEagle | @briellis1 pic.twitter.com/n3fNEqtOcQ
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 20
🥎 @KerpicsMadison is the @SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week 🥎
0️⃣ runs in 1️⃣9️⃣ innings
.1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ batting average against
🗞️ https://t.co/FAtiaEUwsZ#Team27 | #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/lI1N6N6e3f
— Georgia Softball (@UGASoftball) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 17
FINAL – Kentucky wins due to the game reaching the standard of being a completed game. when the rains came.
UK ends the road trip 7-3 and now sits 10-3-1 overall.
We're back in action next weekend in Norman!#WeAreUK x @KYBloodCenter pic.twitter.com/EGPsFdQXXY
— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) February 26, 2023
Last Week: 18
#Pac12SB Player of the Week: Devyn Netz, @ArizonaSoftball 🐻⬇️
Full release ➡️ https://t.co/O2mK12uvYJ#BearDown | @RawlingsSB pic.twitter.com/MD6wh7eWel
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 13
Way To Respond
The Tigers defeat UL-Lafayette 4-1 to pick up their third road win of the week.
📄: https://t.co/HseYP7BT5L#InOurElement pic.twitter.com/dCAnljXpRN
— LSU Softball (@LSUsoftball) February 26, 2023
Last Week: 15
Starting the day off right!#GoStanford pic.twitter.com/UH0VRxfk0L
— Stanford Softball (@StanfordSball) February 25, 2023
Last Week: 16
Alabama Crimson Tide
✨𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬✨@CahalanKenleigh x @DowlingBailey x @faithhensleyy x @ally_shipman #Team27 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/tNEvOiDlC4
— Alabama Softball (@AlabamaSB) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 11
Duke Blue Devils
Owning the Circle ⭕️🙅♀️@DukeSOFTBALL is on a 🔟-game winning streak and has recorded a school record 5️⃣ straight shutouts! pic.twitter.com/dLU7l5mG6s
— Duke Athletics (@DukeATHLETICS) February 28, 2023
Last Week: 14
𝐏𝐚𝐜-𝟏𝟐 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 👏
Following two shutouts, Ruby Meylan has been named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week!
>> https://t.co/tm1IVbPZHk#MightyAreTheWomen pic.twitter.com/Rxk8yhjQ9h
— Washington Softball (@UWSoftball) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 8
Virginia Tech Hokies
DYK: The Hokies currently lead @NCAASoftball with 𝟐𝟕 home runs on the season so far 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/TnTeJJAVAq
— Virginia Tech Softball (@HokiesSoftball) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 10
NO-NO FROM THE FROSH
Citlaly Gutierrez records 9 K, 0 Walks, 0 Hits through 5 innings as @TexasSoftball beats Texas Southern 22-0. pic.twitter.com/V8R0pESXxa
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) February 26, 2023
Last Week: 9
Final #GoGators | @WellsFargo pic.twitter.com/wCQUHmbB6Y
— Gators Softball (@GatorsSB) February 25, 2023
Last Week: 3
𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙚𝙚𝙠
Following a complete-game shutout victory over No. 5 Clemson, Karlyn Pickens has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week ⛽#LadyVols ╳ #GBO pic.twitter.com/VqdGUEwRuJ
— Tennessee Softball (@Vol_Softball) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 12
Death. Taxes. Chenise Delce being named SEC Pitcher of the Week. pic.twitter.com/ue1hmsE4em
— Arkansas Razorback Softball (@RazorbackSB) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 7
Florida State Seminoles
Been seeing a lot of this lately👀
The Noles currently have a 𝗡𝗖𝗔𝗔-𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 4⃣6⃣ doubles this season🍢#Team40 pic.twitter.com/rz6PWQueZn
— Florida State Softball 🥎 (@FSU_Softball) February 27, 2023
Last Week: 6
🤯🤯🤯 this defense continues to blow our minds pic.twitter.com/4W3G9Bnyjz
— Clemson Softball 🥎 (@clemsonsoftball) February 22, 2023
Last Week: 5
Oklahoma State Cowboys
KATIE LOTT CALLED GAME 😤@katiel331’s walk-off double propels No. 5 Oklahoma State to a 10-9 victory over No. 9 Virginia Tech!#NCAASoftball x 🎥 @cowgirlsb pic.twitter.com/zgFGvcsf63
— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball) February 17, 2023
Last Week: 4
FINAL: Oklahoma 14, UCLA 0#GoBruins pic.twitter.com/7zU8SqKNfG
— UCLA Softball (@UCLASoftball) February 26, 2023
First Place Votes: 1
Last Week: 1
𝐋𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐧𝐨 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐭. #ChampionshipMindset pic.twitter.com/Mp5F7LtwBT
— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) February 28, 2023
First Place Votes: 31
Last Week: 2
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