Softball Remains in Top 10 of National Polls

by Chelsey Chamberlain | Assistant Communications Director
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Softball Remains in Top 10 of National Polls

BATON ROUGE – After the first week of play, the LSU softball team moves to No. 8 in the USA Today/NFCA DI Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.

LSU, who has been ranked every week since the end of the 2014 season, went 2-1 over the weekend. The Tigers claimed wins over McNeese State and Kansas but fell to previously ranked No. 25 Duke.

The Tigers earned a total of 559 points in the NFCA poll and 330 points in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. The Tigers are the highest ranked SEC team in both polls.    

The Tigers will face North Dakota on Wednesday at 6 p.m. inside Tiger Park before hitting the road for the Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa over the weekend.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusoftball on Instagram.

2021 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – Feb. 16 (Week 1)

Rank, School (First-Place Votes), Points, 2021 Record, Previous Ranking
1, UCLA (31), 799, 1-0, 1
2, Washington, 749, 5-0, 2
3, Oklahoma (1), 732, 4-0, 4
4, Arizona, 704, 0-0, 3
5, Alabama, 639, 4-0, 8
6, Florida, 620, 2-0, 7
7, Texas, 602, 0-0, 6
8, LSU, 559, 2-1, 5
9, Louisiana, 539, 0-0, 9
10, Oregon, 504, 5-0, 10
11, Oklahoma State, 484, 2-0, 11
12, Kentucky, 418, 3-0, 13
13, Florida State, 408, 3-1, 12
14, Virginia Tech, 351, 3-0, 15
15, Arizona State, 336, 4-0, 16
16, Georgia, 283, 2-1, 14
17, Michigan, 261, 0-0, 17
18, Duke, 223, 4-0, 25
19, South Carolina, 221, 0-0, 19
20, Arkansas, 212, 0-1, 18
21, Missouri, 181, 3-1, 23
22, Mississippi State, 174, 2-0, 20
23, Baylor, 127, 0-0, 22
24, UCF, 100, 3-1, 21
25, Minnesota, 60, 0-0, 24

Receiving Votes: Utah (32) Tennessee (24), Stanford (22), Liberty (7), Northwestern (7), Oregon State (7), Texas Tech (7), Clemson (6), James Madison (1), Notre Dame (1).

The 2021 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), 2021 Record, Points, Previous Ranking
1, UCLA (18), 1-0, 495, 1
2, Oklahoma, 4-0, 453, 4
3, Washington, 5-0, 451, 2
4, Arizona, 0-0, 431, 3
5, Florida (1), 2-0, 413, 6
6, Alabama, 4-0, 404, 8
7, Texas, 0-0, 355, 7
8, Oklahoma State, 2-0, 338, 10
9, LSU, 2-1, 330, 5
10, ULL, 0-0, 323, 9
11, Oregon, 5-0, 322, 11
12, Kentucky, 3-0, 261, 13
13, Arizona State, 4-0, 259, 15
14, Florida State, 3-1, 245, 12
15, Virginia Tech, 3-0, 199, 16
16, Georgia, 2-1, 164, 14
17, Michigan, 0-0, 139, 17
18, Baylor, 0-0, 132, 18
19, Duke, 4-0, 121, RV
20, South Carolina, 0-0, 110, 19
21, Missouri, 3-1, 104, 24
22, Minnesota, 0-0, 89, 20
23, Tennessee, 2-0, 84, 23
24, Mississippi State, 2-0, 72, 22
25, Arkansas, 0-1, 71, 21

Others receiving votes: Oregon State (28), UCF (23), Auburn (16), Georgia Tech (16), Northwestern (16), Texas A&M (10), Stanford (8), South Florida (6), Utah (6), Clemson (5), Ohio State (5), NC State (2), Texas Tech (1).

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusoftball on Instagram.