Virginia Tech climbs to fourth in latest 2022 USA Today/NFCA DI Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma continues atop, while Virginia Tech climbed to fourth in this week’s 2022 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Sooners (32-0) posted three more victories in non-conference action and the Hokies (27-3) improved on their program’s highest ranking after shutouts in the first two matchup of a three-game series at then-No. 22 UCF.

OU knocked off Wichita State, 10-1, before topping UAB 11-1 and 2-0 at home last week. Running their undefeated start to 32 games, the Sooners are now one win shy of last season’s 33-0 start.

No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 UCLA each swept through league play. Along with their sweep of Virginia, the Seminoles (35-2) added two non-conference wins over in-state foes North Florida and Jacksonville. The Bruins (31-3) went on the road to Eugene and edged then-No. 12 Oregon in three closely-contested matchups.

Fourth-ranked Virginia Tech blanked the Knights (29-10) behind a Keely Rochard no-hitter and an Emma Lemley one-hit shutout. The duo is responsible for eight of the Hokies’ nine shutouts in 2022.

Alabama slipped one spot to No. 5 following a 1-2 week. The Crimson Tide (30-5) split with No. 15 Georgia at home in the first two games of Southeastern Conference play and also knocked off Alabama State in mid-week action.

The rest of the top 10 remained the same. No. 6 Oklahoma State (28-6) ran its win streak to 11 with a triumph over Tulsa and a three-game Big 12 sweep at Baylor. No. 7 Florida knocked off UCF and took two-of-three on the road at Auburn in SEC play.

No. 8 Kentucky went on the road in SEC action and swept then-No. 20 LSU, rebounding from a mid-week home loss to RV Ohio State. No. 9 Northwestern (24-5) and No. 10 Arkansas both suffered league losses, but came home with series victories against then-No. 22 Michigan and Ole Miss, respectively. The Razorbacks (24-7) also topped LSU to close out a SEC series win over the Tigers on March 28.

Outside the top 10, Texas made its way back into the top 20 at No. 19. The Longhorns (29-10-1) swept Iowa State in Big 12 action after dropping an extra-inning affair to RV Louisiana in a mid-week matchup.

The 2022 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. Records reflect games played through April 3.

2022 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

April 5 (Week 8)

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

2022 Record

Prev. Ranking

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

32-0

1

2

Florida State

764

35-2

2

3

UCLA

736

31-3

3

4

Virginia Tech

691

27-3

5

5

Alabama

682

30-5

4

6

Oklahoma State

639

28-6

6

7

Florida

588

30-6

7

8

Kentucky

559

25-8

8

9

Northwestern

536

24-5

9

10

Arkansas

509

7-7

10

11

Washington

457

11-22

11

12

Tennessee

421

10-25

13

13

Duke

410

28-5

14

14

Oregon

394

8-24

12

15th

Georgia

366

31-6

15th

16

Arizona State

339

25-5

16

17

Auburn

304

29-6

17

18

Clemson

269

10-25

18

19

Texas

179

29-10-1

21

20

Arizona

143

20-12

19

21

LSU

133

22-15

20

22

Michigan

124

11-20

23

23

UCF

105

10-29

22

24

Missouri

85

22-13

24

25

Notre Dame

72

7-7

25

New to Pool: None.

Dropped Out: None

Receiving Votes: Louisiana (30), Oregon State (30), USC Upstate (11), Stanford (9), Ohio State (6), Wisconsin (4), Boise State (2), UNLV (1), USF (1), Western Kentucky (1).

The 2022 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. Records reflect games played through April 3, 2022.

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