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D1Softball’s Top 25: WCWS Champion Oklahoma Is The One

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No. 1 Oklahoma took a longer road than expected to remain in the top spot in our D1Softball Top 25 Rankings, as it captured yet another national title

The Sooners held the top position since Week 3 of the season and never looked back. OU avenged all four of its losses in the 2021 season, never falling twice to another opponent.

Checking in at the No. 2 spot is WCWS finalist Florida State. A team entering the WCWS with a team batting average below .300, FSU broke out during the tournament due in part to Kaley Mudge, who led the tournament with 14 hits, and tied for batting average (.500). Alabama finishes the season at No. 3 after dropping the “if necessary” game of the semifinals to FSU to miss out on the championship series.

The biggest jump in the rankings? No. 4 JMU. Odicci Alexander’s WCWS performance will be talked about for decades. No. 5 Oklahoma State remains at the same spot, while UCLA drops to No. 6 in the poll after falling to the eventual national champion. No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Florida round out the top 10.

No. 12 Virginia Tech made another big jump after upsetting Arizona State at the Tempe Regional and taking a game from UCLA at the Los Angeles Super Regional. No. 23 Notre Dame and No. 25 Liberty made our final Top 25.

The SEC leads the poll with eight teams, followed by the Pac-12 and ACC with five. The Big 12 has three and the AAC, CAA, ASUN and Big Ten all have one.

RankTeamOverall RecordPrevious Rank
1Oklahoma56-41
2Florida State49-13-18
3Alabama52-93
4James Madison41-422
5Oklahoma State48-125
6UCLA47-72
7Arizona41-1510
8Georgia34-23NR
9Washington45-147
10Florida45-114
11Arkansas43-116
12Virginia Tech37-1520
13Missouri42-1712
14LSU35-229
15Kentucky43-1616
16Texas43-1415
17Oregon40-1711
18Duke44-1219
19Clemson44-817
20Michigan38-818
21Arizona State33-1613
22Tennessee42-1521
23Notre Dame33-15NR
24Wichita State41-13-125
25Liberty44-15NR
Dropped Out
 Louisiana47-1214
 Ole Miss36-2223
 Minnesota31-1324

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