Softball finishes No. 2 in final USA TODAY/NFCA poll

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas softball team (47-22-1) was rewarded for its magical postseason run to the WCWS Championship Series by finishing as the No. 2 best program overall in the final release of USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association survey released Tuesday morning.

Prior to the 2022 campaign, the highest the Longhorns had finished in the final NFCA Top 25 was No. 3 after the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season and in 2013 after reaching the WCWS semifinals. . Texas completed the abbreviated 2020 campaign at No. 1 in the final release of the Softball America poll.

National champion Oklahoma went front-to-back at No. 1 this season followed by Texas, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Florida. Northwestern, Arizona, Oregon State, Arkansas and Virginia Tech rounded out the final top 10. During the 2022 season, UT recorded wins over five of the top 10 final teams, including No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Arizona and No. 9 Arkansas.

It was a historic run for the 2022 Longhorns as Burnt Orange & White posted an overall record of 47-22-1 and became the first unseeded team to make it to the WCWS Championship Series. Along the way, the Texas offense again proved prolific, leading the nation in doubles (116) while setting single-season school records for doubles, runs scored (397), hits (560), total bases (906), runs RBIs (355), walks (224) and games played (70). UT rallied back to an impressive 18 wins from behind, posting 14 total wins over ranked teams and winning its first six elimination games during its postseason run through the NCAA Seattle Regional, NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional and the Women’s College World Series.

Individually, Texas had two NFCA All-Americans at senior second base Jane Jefferson (became only the second four-time All-American in Texas program history) and senior pitcher hailey dolcini. UT also had four NFCA All-Central Region selections (Jefferson, Dolcini, senior catcher/first baseman Mary Iakopofreshman third baseman mia scott) and tied a program record with seven players on the various All-Big 12 Conference teams (Jefferson, Dolcini, Iakopo, Scott, sophomore shortstop alyssa washingtoncatcher/first baseman katie cimuszfreshman pitcher sofia simpson).

2022 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll: June 14 (final)





























Range

School (First Place Votes)

Points

record 2022

Previous Classification

1

Oklahoma (31)

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

46-12

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).

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