Softball Moves Into Top 10 of National Rankings

by Chelsey Chamberlain | Assistant Communications Director
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Softball Moves Into Top 10 of National Rankings

BATON ROUGE – After starting the season off 5-0 last weekend, the LSU Softball team moves into the top 10 of both the USA Today/NFCA DI Coaches and ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate polls, coming in at No. 7.

LSU, who has been ranked every week since the end of the 2014 season, earned a total of 580 points in the NFCA poll. In the ESPN/USA Softball poll, the Tigers picked up 353 points. The Tigers are one of four SEC schools in the top 10 and is ranked highest among those teams.

The Tigers are back in action this weekend, hosting the LSU Invitational. They take on Samford Friday at 6 p.m. inside Tiger Park. On Saturday, the Tigers travel to No. 13 ULL for a 4 p.m. matchup before returning home for two games on Sunday against North Dakota and ULL at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.  

2020 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – Feb. 11 (Week 1)

Rank, School (First-Place Votes), Points, 2019 Record, Final 2019 Ranking
1, Washington (25), 791, 5-0, 1
2, Oklahoma (2), 746, 4-0, 3
3, UCLA (4), 734, 6-0, 4
4, Arizona, 708, 5-0, 5
5, Florida State (1), 661, 5-0, 9
6, Texas, 660, 6-0, 6
7, LSU, 580, 5-0, 11
8, Florida, 518, 4-1, 7
9, Alabama, 497, 1-3, 2
10, Kentucky, 470, 4-0, 15
11, Michigan, 450, 5-0, 17
12, Tennessee, 440, 2-1, 12
13, ULL, 387, 3-1, 10
14, Minnesota, 380, 3-2, 8
15, Georgia, 354, 5-0, 16
16, Oklahoma State, 323, 2-2, 13
17, Texas Tech, 282, 5-0, 18
18, South Carolina, 259, 4-0, 19
19, Missouri, 243, 5-0, RV
20, James Madison, 177, 0-0, 20
T21, Northwestern, 138, 2-3, 14
T21, Oregon, 138, 5-0, RV
23, Arizona State, 134, 4-1, 22
24, Arkansas, 71, 4-1, 24
25, North Carolina, 64, 3-2, RV

Receiving Votes: Wisconsin (46), Virginia Tech (35), Auburn (23), Mississippi State (18), Illinois (17), Notre Dame (13), Cal State Fullerton (11), Ohio State (9), Boise State (8), Stanford (5), Fresno State (4), Baylor (3), Tulsa (2), BYU (1).

The 2020 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.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), 2020 Record, Points, Previous Ranking
1, Washington (10), 5-0, 475, 2
2, UCLA (7), 6-0, 463, 4
3, Oklahoma (2), 4-0, 454, 3
4, Arizona, 5-0, 437, 5
5, Florida St. (1), 5-0, 432, 8
6, Texas, 6-0, 402, 6
7, LSU, 5-0, 353, T11
8, Michigan, 5-0, 329, 14
9, Alabama, 1-3, 311, 1
10, Kentucky, 4-0, 293, 16
11, Florida, 4-1, 268, 9
12, Tennessee, 2-1, 257, T11
13, Minnesota, 3-2, 255, 7
14, ULL, 3-1, 252, 10
15, Georgia, 215, 17
16, Oklahoma St., 2-2, 198
17, South Carolina, 4-0, 152, 21
18, Missouri, 5-0, 135, RV
19, Texas Tech, 5-0, 132, 19
20, James Madison, 0-0, 111, 18
21, Oregon, 5-0, 103, 24
22, Arizona State, 4-1, 91, 22
23, Northwestern, 2-3, 83, 15
24, Arkansas, 4-1, 77, 20
25, North Carolina, 3-2, 58, RV

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin (51), Mississippi State (29), Illinois (18), Baylor (16), Fresno State (9), Ohio State (9), Virginia Tech (9), Auburn (8), Ole Miss (4), Stanford (4), Houston (3), Notre Dame (2), Boise State (1), Central Florida (1), Oregon State (1)