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2019 D-I Top 25

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(Graphics By Don Olea)

The Oklahoma Sooners move into the No. 1 spot for the first time this season. UCLA drops to No. 2 after a series-opening loss at home to Oregon.

Arizona stays at No. 3 while Alabama jumps back into No. 4 and No. 5 Florida State lost it's second-consecutive ACC series.

Oklahoma State moves back into the Top 25 this week along with North Carolina. Wisconsin and Colorado State both dropped out.

The SEC continue to lead all conferences with 10 teams in the Top 25 followed by the Big 12 with four. The Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC all have three representatives while  The Sun Belt and Colonial each have one.

Updated on: 4/16/2019
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    Oklahoma

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 38-2

    The Skinny: The Sooners pitched a series shutout, sweeping Kansas by a combined 23-0 score with two run-rule victories. Giselle Juarez and Mariah Lopez pitched consecutive one-hit shutouts. The series sweep ensured that OU maintains the longest active win streak in the country at 28 wins. OU has won 34 straight conference games, a program and Big 12 record.

    Up Next: at Texas

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    UCLA

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 37-2

    The Skinny: UCLA dropped its opening game to Oregon 4-3, marking its first conference loss and first home loss of the season, before closing with back-to-back wins to claim the series. Rachel Garcia collected both victories, striking out 12 over 10 innings, and broke open a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of the rubber match Sunday.

    Up Next: at Oregon State

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    Arizona

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 35-7

    The Skinny: In an out-of-conference series sweep at Grand Canyon, the Wildcats allowed only one run and seven hits in 22 innings of work. Taylor McQuillen pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout for her 15th win of the season, while Alyssa Dennam notched her 10th win in a two-hit, eight-inning performance. With UCLA’s loss to Oregon, Arizona sits atop the Pac 12 standings.

    Up Next: Stanford

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    Alabama

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 42-4

    The Skinny: The Crimson Tide collected a midweek win over Georgia State before earning a series sweep against Georgia. Alabama’s Sarah Cornell allowed two hits and one run in a complete game performance. Krystal Goodman followed with a complete-game, five-hit shutout in game two. Merris Schroder homered twice in the series. The Tide claimed the series on a walk-off single from Kaylee Tow.

    Up Next: at Florida

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    Florida State

    ACC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 38-7

    The Skinny: The Seminoles lost their second-consecutive conference series, dropping both games of its doubleheader at North Carolina on Monday. After winning 8-6 to open the series, FSU gave up a walkoff hit in a 6-5 loss (9 innings) before being shut out for the second time in as many weeks. FSU had not lost consecutive conference series since 2011.

    Up Next: Florida, Boston College

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    LSU

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 36-9

    The Skinny: LSU recorded its sixth straight SEC series win with two victories over Kentucky. Shelby Wickersham allowed four hits in a complete-game shutout to earn her 10th win of the season. In the bottom half of the sixth in a 2-2 game, Shemiah Sanchez and Elyse Thornhill hammered consecutive home runs that led to the 5-2 win. The Tigers sit in second place in the SEC.

    Up Next: at Arkansas

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    Washington

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 35-6

    The Skinny: Washington swept its fourth consecutive Pac 12 opponent with 8-4, 9-2 and 6-0 wins over Arizona State. Though Gabbie Plain’s scoreless streak ended at 22 innings, she recorded two victories, including her 15th shutout, and struck out 22 in 13 innings. Taran Alvelo struck out 12 in her complete-game win. Morganne Flores homered three times.

    Up Next: at BYU, at Utah

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    Louisiana

    Sun Belt
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 38-4

    The Skinny: After a 7-1 win over SE Louisiana, the Ragin’ Cajuns stayed perfect in the Sun Belt with three victories – including two run-rule victories – at Appalachian State. The potent offense posted 26 runs in the series, then added a 3-0 win at Campbell on Monday. The Ragin’ Cajuns boast 16 true road wins, the most in the country.

    Up Next: at UNC-Greensboro, Georgia State

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    Tennessee

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 32-8

    The Skinny: Behind strong showings in the circle, the Lady Vols displayed its best offensive series of the season, scoring 23 runs in their three-game sweep of Mississippi State. Ashley Rodgers registered two wins, and 10 different Lady Vols recorded RBIs in the series.

    Up Next: at ETSU, at Georgia

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    Ole Miss

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 30-11

    The Skinny: Ole Miss escaped with extra-inning wins vs. UAB (3-2) and in game one vs. Missouri (7-5). The Rebels took its fourth SEC series in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel before dropping the series finale. Brittany Finney smashed a walk-off home run in game one, while Molly Jacobsen tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout in game two.

    Up Next: UT Martin, at Mississippi State

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    Florida

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 36-9

    The Skinny: The Gators outlasted USF in a 1-0 pitcher’s matchup before taking a road sweep at Texas A&M with 8-6, 8-3 and 4-1 wins. In the sweep, Florida collected 27 hits, including four home runs from Hannah Sipos, Kendyl Lindaman, Jordan Matthews and Jordan Roberts.

    Up Next: at Florida State, Alabama

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    Texas

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 35-9

    The Skinny: Texas took down Houston, 5-0, in its sole game last week. Mary Iakopo finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer.

    Up Next: at UT-Arlington, Oklahoma

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    Minnesota

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    Record: 29-10

    The Skinny: The Gophers swept an abbreviated two-game series from Michigan State on Sunday after snowstorms cancelled a midweek game vs South Dakota State and postponed action on Friday and Saturday. MaKenna Partain was nearly unstoppable for Minnesota, going 6-for-7 with a home run, a triple, three doubles, and four RBI. Amber Fiser recorded her 500th career strikeout in the first at-bat of the 7-1 win in the opener, going on to match her career-high with 13.

    Up Next: at Wisconsin and Nebraska

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    James Madison

    Colonial
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 31-7

    The Skinny: A late rally in game one secured a midweek split with Virginia Tech before the Dukes thumped UNCW three games in a row to push their CAA win streak to 10 games. Megan Good threw a one-hitter and struck out 10 in the 13-0 win in game two against the Seahawks, tying Jailyn Ford for first on the all-time strikeout leaderboard at JMU. Sara Jubas had two homers and two doubles among her five hits, driving in a career-high six in game two.

    Up Next: vs. Duke and College of Charleston

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    South Carolina

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 31-12

    The Skinny: After dropping a heartbreaker 5-4 on Friday, the Gamecocks put together one of their most complete games of the year on Saturday and held off a rally on Sunday to take the series at Auburn. Jana Johns had five hits in the two wins including a pair of homers as South Carolina claimed the first road series win against a ranked opponent in the 9-year tenure of Head Coach Beverly Smith.

    Up Next: vs USC Upstate and UNCG

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    Texas Tech

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 33-8

    The Skinny: The historic season for the Red Raiders continues as they swept Baylor for the first time ever, outscoring the Bears 29-10 in Waco. Karli Hamilton had six hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle in the 11-2, six-inning win on Saturday to clinch the series. Co-aces Missy Zoch and Erin Edmoundson combined to allow just 11 hits and four runs (two earned) over 17.2 innings.

    Up Next: vs Kansas

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    Virginia Tech

    ACC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 37-6

    The Skinny: A three-run seventh by JMU in game one of their doubleheader on Wednesday was all that stood between the Hokies and a perfect week, as Virginia Tech hurled four straight shutouts, including blanking rival Virginia three straight times for the first three-game series shutout in program history. Keely Rochard threw Tech’s first-ever perfect game against a top-25 opponent in Tech history in a 12-0, five-inning to split with the Dukes.

    Up Next: at Charlotte and vs. North Carolina

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    Kentucky

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 26-17

    The Skinny: After blowing out Northern Kentucky, the Wildcat offense wasn’t able to do much damage to LSU pitching, but got enough offense and great work in the circle to avoid the sweep by taking the opener on Friday 3-2. Grace Baalman allowed just four hits and one run over six total innings, five of them in her start in the opener as the Cats handed Maribeth Gorsuch her first loss of the season.

    Up Next: at Louisville and vs. Auburn

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    Auburn

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 33-10

    The Skinny: The Tigers couldn’t hold the momentum of a thrilling 5-4 walk-off win on a Morgan Podany RBI single in game one as South Carolina took the final two games for their first series win at Auburn since 2013. Kendall Veach hit her 18th home run of the season on Friday and had her first game with three or more hits since the season opener to fuel Auburn’s attempted rally in Sunday’s 8-4 defeat.

    Up Next: vs. Alabama State and at Kentucky

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    Northwestern

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    Record: 33-7

    The Skinny: Lily Novak walked off Wisconsin with a 10th inning solo homer to finish the sweep as the Wildcats are 12-0 in Big Ten play for the first time in 14 years. Maeve Nelson hit a home run in the series finale that landed on the roof of nearby Welsh-Ryan Arena, becoming just the eighth player in the 34-year history of Drysdale Field to do so. Northwestern’s overall 33-7 mark is the best 40-game start under longtime coach Kate Drohan.

    Up Next: vs. Purdue

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    Georgia

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 30-14

    The Skinny: After the lineup managed to scrape just one run across in the first 14 innings of the series, the Bulldogs got a bit more going on Monday, but it still wasn’t enough as Kaylee Tow hit a walk-off single for a 4-3 win as the Crimson Tide got the sweep. Ciara Bryan had three hits and robbed a homer above the wall in straightaway center from Tow in game two.

    Up Next: vs. Georgia Tech and Tennessee

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    Arkansas

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 31-14

    The Skinny: The Razorbacks survived a pair of close calls against Wichita State and Furman, going 5-0 in their bye week from SEC play. Katie Warrick had a clutch three-run blast in the second win over the Shockers as Arkansas held on for a 4-3 win. Mary Haff set a career-high with 16 strikeouts in relief to help Arkansas to a 6-5 win in 12 innings over the Paladins on Saturday, the longest game for the Razorbacks in almost six years.

    Up Next: vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and LSU

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    Michigan

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 29-11

    The Skinny: The Wolverines were an out away from away from reaching 12-0 with a sweep of nemesis Ohio State, but had to settle for their fourth straight series win as Ashley Prange hit a game-tying solo homer in the seventh and Bri Betschel had the game-winning RBI single an inning later, snapping Michigan’s 17-game winning streak. Lexie Blair had six hits on the weekend, a career-high for her in a Big Ten series. Head Coach Carol Hutchins became the first coach to reach 1,600 career wins with the 6-2 win in game two.

    Up Next: at Michigan State and Illinois

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    Oklahoma State

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 32-11

    The Skinny: The Cowgirls picked up their second straight sweep in Big 12 play as they scored 30 runs to pick up three wins at Iowa State. Rylee Bayless recorded at least three hits in all three games, going 4-for-4 in the finale, the first four-hit game by a Cowgirl since February 2018. Bayless pushed her average in Big 12 play to a team-best .525. OK State has a week off from conference play before finishing with a tough two-step against Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

    Up Next: vs. Tulsa

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    North Carolina

    ACC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 26-14

    The Skinny: The Tar Heels run-ruled Coastal Carolina, edged past Liberty and then stunned the softball world by winning twice in a thrilling Monday doubleheader to hand Florida State their second straight ACC series loss after the Noles had won 52 straight series coming into last week. Hannah George threw her second straight complete-game shutout in the series-clincher as UNC won both their first and second-ever games against a top-five opponent.

    Up Next: at Campbell and Virginia Tech

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