Softball Moves Into Top 5 of National Rankings

by Chelsey Chamberlain | Assistant Communications Director
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Softball Moves Into Top 5 of National Rankings

BATON ROUGE – After a perfect 5-0 week, the LSU softball team has cracked into the Top 5 of the weekly polls, coming in at No. 4 in both the USA Today/NFCA D1 Coaches Poll and USA Softball/ESPN.com Poll.

LSU, who has been ranked every week since the end of the 2014 season, earned a total of 672 points in the NFCA poll. In the ESPN/USA Softball poll, the Tigers picked up 424 points. LSU is the only school in the Top 5 of the coaches poll.   

The Tigers are back in action this week, traveling to the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California. The Tigers take on some Top 25 teams in No. 2 Washington and No. 25 Texas Tech.  

2020 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – Feb. 18 (Week 2)

Rank, School (First-Place Votes), Points, 2019 Record, Final 2019 Ranking
1, UCLA (31), 799, 15-0, 1
2, Washington (1), 765, 15-1, 2
3, Texas, 689, 15-1, 4
4, LSU, 672, 13-1, 6
5, Oklahoma, 668, 11-3, 3
6, Florida, 667, 16-2, 7
7, Arizona, 592, 12-3, 5
8, Alabama, 520, 9-5, 10
9, Florida State, 509
10, ULL, 491, 11-3, 11
10, Oregon, 491, 14-0, 15
12, Kentucky, 418, 12-3, 13
13, Michigan, 392, 10-3, 8
14, Georgia, 350, 14-3, 19
15, Oklahoma State, 338, 8-5, 14
16, South Carolina, 10-3, 22
17, Arizona State, 222, 12-5, 16
18, Minnesota, 208, 8-6, 17
19, Virginia Tech, 189, 12-3, 24
20, Tennessee, 7-6, 12
21, Missouri, 151, 12-5, 18
22, Arkansas, 150, 12-2, 23
23, Baylor, 141, 13-2, RV
24, James Madison, 123, 6-3, 21
25, Texas Tech, 122, 10-5, 20

Receiving Votes: UCF (96), Fresno State (39), Mississippi State (38), North Texas (34), Duke (25), Utah (22), Houston (15), Oregon State (13), Wisconsin (10), Stanford (8), Northwestern (6), Notre Dame (6), San Jose State (4), Tulsa (3), BYU (2), North Carolina (2).

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, UCLA (20), 15-0, 500, 1
2, Washington, 15-1, 476, 2
3, Texas, 15-1, 445, 4
4, LSU, 13-1, 424, 7
5, Oklahoma, 11-3, 401, 3
6, Florida, 16-2, 399, 9
7, Arizona, 12-3, 375, 5
8, Florida State, 7-4, 318, 8
9, ULL, 11-3, 316, 10
10, Oregon, 14-0, 300, 17
11, Michigan, 10-3, 292, 6
12, Alabama, 9-5, 281, 13
13, Kentucky, 12-3, 262, 11
14, Oklahoma State, 8-5, 221, 14
15, Georgia, 14-3, 209, 18
16, Arizona State, 12-4, 175, 16
17, South Carolina, 10-3, 173, 22
18, Minnesota, 8-6, 154, 15
19, Baylor, 13-2, 100, RV
20, Virginia Tech, 12-3, 95, 25
21, Arkansas, 12-2, 80, 23
22, Tennessee, 7-6, 76, 12
23, Missouri, 12-5, 71, 19
24, Texas Tech, 10-5, 60, 20
25, James Madison, 6-3, 52, 21

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State (49), UCF (44), Duke (29), Utah (28), North Texas (25), Wisconsin (20), Fresno State (14), South Florida (14), Stanford (10), Northwestern (2), Houston (1), Notre Dame (1), Oregon State (1), San Diego State (1)