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Florida continues their reign at No. 1 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll

March 29, 2016

Oklahoma City, OK - Florida continues their reign at No. 1 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll

Keeping their hold onto the No. 1 spot in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 is Florida (33-1, 8-1 SEC), who went 3-0 on the road this past week against LSU, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. This marks the seventh-straight week this season the Gators have been voted No. 1, capturing 19-of-20 first-place votes, while No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette earned the remaining first-place vote.



Florida continues their reign at No. 1 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — Keeping their hold onto the No. 1 spot in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 is Florida (33-1, 8-1 SEC), who went 3-0 on the road this past week against LSU, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. This marks the seventh-straight week this season the Gators have been voted No. 1, capturing 19-of-20 first-place votes, while No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette earned the remaining first-place vote.

Click here to see the complete ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.

Starting the three-game series with a 3-0 win over then-No. 6 LSU (26-8, 3-6 SEC), Florida combined to finish for another shutout performance with a 3-0 victory in nine innings, outscoring LSU 6-0 in their doubleheader Friday. The Gators took home another win Saturday to sweep their second SEC series and improve to 33-1 on the season, recording their best start in school history. No. 1 Florida will return home to Gainesville, Fla. this weekend to play No.7 Alabama (28-6, 2-3 SEC).

Continuing their homestand at Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field, No. 2 Michigan (24-3, 2-1 Big 10) began Week 7 with a mid-week standalone showdown against Western Michigan, defeating the Wildcats, 8-0, in six innings. The Wolverines moved onto play the first-of-three in their conference opener against Northwestern. Despite having an early 7-2 lead in the fourth inning and a rally late in the seventh, Michigan fell to Northwestern, 12-13. In their final games of the series, the Wolverines bounced back to earn two run-rule wins and claim the series against Northwestern, posting 11 runs in both games. No. 2 Michigan will travel to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to play Indiana.

Auburn (30-4, 6-3 SEC) continues to hang in the No. 3 spot for the fourth-straight week after going 4-0 this past week. The Tigers traveled to the Heck Softball Complex to play a single game against the Georgia State Panthers and recorded an 8-4 win to start the week. Returning home to face South Carolina, the Tigers kept up their momentum and defeated the Gamecocks to complete a sweep of their second conference series this season, with final scores of 10-0, 5-2 and 4-3. Auburn will head to Lexington, Ky. for a matchup against No. 12 Kentucky (30-4, 8-1 SEC) this weekend.

Rising one spot is No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette (25-2, 7-1 Sun Belt), who outscored Troy on the road 27-1, allowing the Trojans to score just one run through the weekend. The Ragin' Cajuns continue their road trip to Waco, Texas, where they will take on Baylor (26-6, 2-0 Big 12) in a doubleheader Tuesday before returning home to play Texas State for a three-game series.

Closing out the Top 5 is Oregon (26-4, 6-0 Pac-12) who started off the week by finishing its road series against then-No. 7 Washington (21-7, 2-4 Pac-12), 16-4. The Ducks returned home to play Stanford and swept all three games en route to winning their 18th-straight game this season and their 13th-straight against the Cardinals. Oregon faces No. 18 UCLA (19-10-1, 2-2-1 Pac-12) this weekend.

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 James Madison (25-2, 3-0 CAA) jumped three spots after opening conference play, 3-0, against UNCW; No. 7 Alabama moved up one spot, recording a win over Alcorn State and one-of-two with then-No.15 Missouri (24-5, 3-2 SEC); No. 8 Florida State (26-3, 6-0 ACC) moves up three after outscoring North Carolina, 36-17, in a three-game series on the road; No. 9 Georgia (29-5, 4-2 SEC) climbs up three spots after going 4-1, highlighted by three huge wins over then-No. 4 Texas A&M (27-6, 2-4 SEC); No. 10 LSU drops four spots following three tough losses against No. 1 Florida.

Joining the Top 25 this week: No. 23 South Florida (29-9, 3-0 American) following their sweep of ECU; No. 24 Ohio State (18-7, 3-0 Big Ten) after outscoring Maryland, 29-9, over its three-game series; No. 25 Louisville (22-6, 8-1 ACC) with three high-scoring victories over NC State.

The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball Regions as well as members of the National and Local media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country.

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