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Oklahoma Wire-to-Wire No. 1 in 2022 USA Today/NFCA DI Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Back-to-back national champion Oklahoma became the No. 1 team in 2022 USA Today/Survey of the 25 best coaches in the NFCA Division I. The Sooners (59-3), who were unanimous No. 1 in all but one poll this season, have been atop the standings for 29 straight weeks.

OU capped off a record-breaking season with a dominant postseason run, in which the Sooners posted a 10-1 postseason record, including 5-1 in the Women’s College World Series. Capturing their fourth national title in the last six years and sixth overall (behind only UCLA and Arizona), the Sooners defeated Big 12 rival Texas in the Championship Series by scores of 16-1 and 10 -5. For the season, the Sooners recorded 41 run-rule wins, 33 shutouts, eight no-hitters, homered in 56 of 62 games, and held the opposition to one run or less 49 times.

No. 2 Texas made a remarkable run to its first Championship Series, becoming the first unseeded team to accomplish this feat. The Longhorns (47-22-1) won four actual road games to reach the WCWS and completed their best campaign to date with a 9-4 postseason record. Texas won the Seattle Regional with two wins over host Washington and then eliminated No. 4 seed Arkansas in Fayetteville after losing the first game of the Super Regional. At the WCWS, Texas bounced back after losing its second game to OU by winning three elimination games against Arizona and No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (twice) to reach the series.

National semifinalists UCLA and Oklahoma State rank 3rd and 4th. The Bruins (51-10) went 8-2 in the postseason, including a perfect 5-0 at Regionals and Super Regionals for their seventh consecutive berth to the WCWS. . After losing to Texas, UCLA won three straight, even forcing a winner-take-all semifinal against Oklahoma.

The Cowgirls (48-14) won their first seven games of the postseason, which included a sweep of No. 10 seed Clemson in Super Regionals. OSU defeated Arizona and Florida to reach the semifinals before falling twice to Texas.

The bottom four WCWS entrants – No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Northwestern, No. 7 Arizona and No. 8 Oregon State – fill the next four spots in the standings. The quartet went on tour at Super Regionals to make it to the WCWS.

The Gators (49-19) moved past No. 3 seed Virginia Tech by outscoring the Hokies 19-2 in the last two games. Northwestern came off a hotly contested Super Regional in the state of Arizona to reach its first WCWS since 2007.

Arizona and Oregon State joined Texas as unseeded programs in the WCWS. The Wildcats (39-22) entered the WCWS with a 5-0 postseason record, capturing the Columbia Regional with two wins over the host Tigers and sweeping Mississippi State in the Starkville Super Regional. The Beavers (39-22) came out of the Knoxville Regional, posting a 4-2 record, including two wins over the host Lady Vols on the final day to advance to the Super Regionals, where they swept Stanford in a Super Pac-12. Regional.

Arkansas (48-11) and Virginia Tech (46-10) round out the top 10. With their Super Regional runs, the aforementioned Cardinal and Bulldogs finished inside the top 20 at No. 18 and No. 19, respectively. The duo went on tour and eliminated No. 6 seed Alabama and No. 2 seed Florida State, respectively.

2022 USA Today/The NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA Division I Conferences. Records reflect games played through June 9.

2022 USA Today / Poll of the 25 best NFCA Division I softball coaches

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Range

School (First Place Votes)

Points

record 2022

Previous Classification

1

Oklahoma (32)

800

59-3

1

two

Texas

766

47-22-1

sixteen

3

University of California at Los Angeles

725

51-10

5

4

oklahoma state

716

48-14

6

5

Florida

657

49-19

12

6

Northwest

625

45-13

10

7

Arizona

591

39-22

8

State of Oregon

552

39-22

9

Arkansas

535

48-11

4

10

Virginia Tech

517

46-10

3

eleven

arizona state

482

43-11

8

12

Duke

424

44-11

9

13

florida state

390

54-7

two

14

UCF

362

49-14

18

fifteen

Washington

314

38-17

eleven

sixteen

Clemson

306

42-17

14

17

Alabama

275

44-13

7

18

Stanford

264

39-22

trailer

19

mississippi state

250

37-27

twenty

Tennessee

215

41-18

13

twenty-one

Kentucky

200

37-19

fifteen

22

Georgia

130

40-16

19

23

Missouri

104

35-20

twenty

24

Chestnut

67

40-17

17

25

Oregon

52

33-19

23

New to the survey: No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 Mississippi State

Abandoned: No. 21 Notre Dame, No. 22 LSU, No. 24 Michigan, No. 25 Nebraska

Reception of votes: Michigan (24), Notre Dame (14), Nebraska (12), LSU (11), Louisiana (9), San Diego State (7), Ole Miss (4).

2022 USA Today / The NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA Division I Conferences. Records reflect games played through June 9, 2022.

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