College softball rankings: The top 25 teams in the NCAA this week


The ACC held center stage in the world of college softball this past week as Florida State and Clemson faced off in a series pitting a pair of top-10 teams. The upstart Tigers came in with a lofty 37-1 record, but the Seminoles reminded them who rules the roost in the ACC, completing a three-game sweep.

Florida State, winner of seven of the past eight ACC tournaments, snapped Clemson’s 29-game home winning streak with a doubleheader sweep Thursday, winning 7-0 and 4-1. The Seminoles closed the series by taking a 3-2 thriller Friday to secure a two-game lead in the conference standings.

For the series, Florida State allowed just one earned run against a Clemson offense that was among the top five in most major offensive categories.

Key game last week: Wichita State 8, Oklahoma State 7. The Shockers lived up to their name with a wild win over No. 2 Oklahoma State for the first victory over a top-five team in program history. Wichita State, which rapped out 14 hits, held on for the win as starting pitcher Lauren Howell, who allowed five runs in 4⅔ innings, returned to retire the side in the seventh for her first career save.

Marquee game to watch: Tennessee at Kentucky (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN2). After dropping a pair of home games to Baylor last week, the Lady Vols look to strengthen their hold on the top spot in the SEC with a three-game series at Kentucky. The matchup features two of the country’s top hitters in Tennessee’s Kiki Milloy, who enters the week with 15 home runs and a .969 slugging percentage, and Kentucky’s Erin Coffel, third in the country with a 1.031 slugging percentage.

Player to watch: Montana Fouts, Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s ace threw her fourth career no-hitter, blanking South Carolina and recording 10 strikeouts. The fifth-year senior enters the week leading the country with 223 strikeouts (11.2 per 7 IP). Alabama is at Mississippi State this weekend.

Play of the week: How does Oklahoma continue to dominate? With plays like this one by Rylie Boone to rob Texas Tech of a home run.

Here are the schools ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll (games as of April 10):

1. Oklahoma, 36-1 (25 first-place votes)
2. UCLA, 36-4
3. Oklahoma State, 35-3
4. Florida State, 32-7
5. Stanford, 31-6
6. Tennessee, 30-5
7. Clemson, 37-4
8. Texas, 33-8-1
9. Georgia, 31-8
10. Washington, 29-8
11. Arkansas, 28-11
12. LSU, 33-7
13. Duke, 30-8
14. Alabama, 28-12
15. Florida, 28-10
16. Kentucky, 24-10-1
17. Virginia Tech, 31-9
18. Oregon, 25-11
19. Baylor, 30-9
20. Northwestern, 24-9
21. Texas A&M, 24-13
22. Utah, 24-8
23. Wichita State, 34-7
24. Auburn, 29-12
25. Louisiana, 30-10

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