LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While the top three remained the same, including unanimous No. 1 UCLA, and no team moved in or out of the rankings, there was some shuffling amongst teams up and down this week’s 2019 USA Today / NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
The Bruins (35-1), No. 1 for the fifth straight week, ran their winning streak to 19 games following a dominating Pac-12 road sweep of then-No. 21 Arizona State. UCLA posted three run-rule victories, outscoring the Sun Devils (25-14), 35-5.
No. 2 Oklahoma swept Baylor in Big 12 play, extending the Sooners (35-2) winning streak to 25 contests. No. 3 Florida State went 2-1 last week, picking up a, 2-0, road win at then-No. 8 Florida before splitting an ACC doubleheader at Louisville.
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Washington elevated two spots to No. 4. The Huskies (32-6) captured their third consecutive Pac-12 sweep, defeating California on the road and pushing their winning streak to 10 games.
No. 6 Florida and No. 8 Arizona each moved up in the poll, while No. 5 Alabama and No. 9 Tennessee fell. The Gators (32-9) bounced back from their loss to FSU by surrendering just one run in a three-game SEC sweep of then-No. 14 Arkansas. Extending their winning streak to 14 games, the Wildcats (32-7) set a program record by scoring 48 runs in a three-game Pac-12 sweep of Utah. Arizona outscored the Utes, 48-3, posting at least 13 runs in each of the three contests.
The Crimson Tide (38-4) suffered their first back-to-back defeats of the season, dropping games two and three in SEC play at then-No. 17 South Carolina. Alabama opened the week with run-rule wins over UAB and the Gamecocks (28-11) before their setbacks in Columbia, S.C. The Lady Vols (29-8) fell four positions after a 2-2 week. UT sandwiched two SEC wins over RV Missouri and then-No. 13 Auburn around a pair of home defeats to the Tigers (32-8).
No. 7 LSU and No. 10 Louisiana maintained their rankings. The Tigers (33-8) won their SEC series at Mississippi State, capturing the final two contests after a game one defeat. The Ragin’ Cajuns (33-4) picked up four more victories and ran their win steak to 10 after trumping McNeese State on the road and sweeping UT Arlington in Sun Belt Conference play.
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The 2019 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. The records reflect games played through April 7, 2019.