D1Softball’s Top 25 Rankings: Alabama, Texas Climb as Oklahoma Reasserts DominanceTop Stories
Stability returns to the D1Softball Top 25 this week, with Oklahoma holding onto the No. 1 ranking that it reclaimed a week ago. In fact, with most of the top 10 refusing to give up runs (and hits, in the case of Alabama’s Montana Fouts and Stanford’s NiJaree Canady), minimal movement defined Week 4.
Five consecutive shutouts, including four in a row against NCAA tournament teams Villanova and Miami, allows No. 5 Stanford to swap places with No. 6 Florida State. But the Seminoles have their own chance to make a statement in this week’s three-game series at No. 3 Oklahoma State.
No. 10 Alabama also returns to the top 10 after a week capped by Fouts’ perfect game against Longwood, the eighth in Crimson Tide history.
Elsewhere, it felt like just about everyone lost a game you wouldn’t expect them to lose, which paradoxically made it difficult for anyone to make much of a move in the rankings. Beating No. 20 Arizona in Tucson helped spruce up No. 24 Nebraska’s resume enough to enter the fray, while No. 25 Maryland returns after a one-week absence.
The SEC still leads the way with nine ranked teams, followed by the Pac-12 (five), ACC (four), Big 12 (four) and Big Ten (two). Wichita State remains, giving the American Athletic the lone entry beyond the Power 5.
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