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2019 D-I Top 25

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FSU's Zoe Casas (Photo by Shane Bevel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Updated on: 2/12/2019
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    Florida State

    ACC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0


    The Skinny: The Seminoles allowed two runs in their first game of the season and didn't give up another since. FSU outscored their opponents 31-2, ending the weekend with a combined no-hitter by Kara Bilodeau and Makinzy Herzog in five innings against UNC Wilmington.

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    UCLA

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: UCLA squeaked out a 2-1 win over UT Arlington to open the season but took care of business in the next four games, outscoring opponents 37-4. Rachel Garcia struggled at the plate but she struck out 22 batters in 12.1 innings.

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    Oklahoma

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: The Sooners scored 44 runs and earned three shutouts. Transfer pitchers Giselle "G" Juarez and Shannon Saile made their debuts in crimson and cream but it was Mariah Lopez who emerged as the No. 1 for the weekend. Freshman shortstop Grace Lyons had a solid weekend and will be a player to watch this season.

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    Florida

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: Kelly Barnhill appeared in all five games for the Gators. She pitched 19 innings, struck out 26 and gave up two earned runs on on six hits. Twelve Gators recorded hits over the weekend and 11 had at least one RBI.

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    Washington

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 4-1

    The Skinny: Washington opened the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge with a run-rule victory over North Carolina but stumbled in extras against Notre Dame. The Huskies ended the weekend with three consecutive wins over Duke, Liberty and Baylor. Sis Bates was named the tournament's MVP.

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    Tennessee

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: Tennessee came out swinging and finished the weekend with a team batting average of .403. The Lady Vols had 14 players get an at bat with 13 of them recording hits. Aubrey Leach set the table with a team-high 10 hits and freshman Ally Shipman had a team-high nine RBIs.

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    Texas

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 4-0

    The Skinny: The new era got off to a snowy start as the Longhorns schedule was rearranged due to snow and freezing temps in Austin. Despite all that, the offense hit .378 with 11 extra-base hits. The pitching staff recorded a 0.64 ERA with two one-hit shutouts.

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    Georgia

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 4-1

    The Skinny: Georgia got off to a hot start, scoring 41 runs in the first four games but hit a roadblock against Indiana. Alyssa DiCarlo was a beast at the plate. She hit .615 with a double, triple, four homers and RBIs. Six different pitchers saw time for the Bulldogs and it looks like one of them needs to emerge as the ace.

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    Arizona

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 3-2

    The Skinny: There is no doubt that Arizona can hit the ball but the Wildcats struggled with timely hitting. Blame it on opening weekend but with the kind of power this offense provides, it is a little worrisome. Four players launched multiple home runs and the team finished with a .562 slugging percentage.

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    Alabama

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: Alabama scored at will over the weekend. Kaylee Tow and Bailey Hemphill combined for 17 hits and 17 RBIs while .692 and .571. Freshman pitcher Montana Fouts pitched like she will be the Tide's No. 1, throwing 13 innings and allowing one run on seven hits.

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    Louisiana

    Sun Belt
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 6-0

    The Skinny: The Ragin' Cajuns had six players hit at least .400 and the team batting average was .411. They outscored their opponents 65-4 with a .747 slugging percentage. Summer Ellyson was dominant with 33 strikeouts in 25 innings. Freshman Kandra Lamb will be a solid addition as she struck out 16 in 10 innings.

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    Arkansas

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: Mary Haff finished 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. She pitched 20 innings, allowed six hits and one walk. Autumn Storms pitched the other two games and allowed two runs on 14 hits. The offense only hit .260 but the Razorbacks outscored their opponents 32-4.

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    LSU

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 6-0

    The Skinny: Holy offense! LSU run-ruled its opponents in all six of its games and outscoring them 73-2. Amanda Sanchez hit almost .700 with seven doubles and 11 RBIs. Shelby Wickersham made her LSU debut with a no-hit win. But, Shelbi Sunseri did it both offensively and in the circle for the Tigers.

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    Michigan

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 3-2

    The Skinny: Meaghan Beaubien surrendered 17 hits 18 innings and gave up nine runs, five earned. Freshman Alex Storako finished 3-1 for Michigan allowing nine hits, seven runs, five earned runs in 15 innings. Offensively, only three players hit above .300 during opening weekend.

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    South Carolina

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 3-2

    The Skinny: South Carolina is on its third hitting coach in as many years and it showed. The Gamecocks hit .267 and slugged .366. Dixie Raley was the most effective in the circle. She appeared in four games and allowed seven hits in 11 innings.

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    Indiana

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: Indiana entered the season as a Top 30 team for Softball America and a big win over Georgia pushed them into the ranking this week. Offensively, there wasn't much power but the Hoosiers had a .411 on base percentage and stole 17 of 22 bases. Defensively, they were almost perfect with only four errors.

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    Oklahoma State

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 4-1

    The Skinny: Oklahoma State dropped its first game to Illinois but won four consecutive games to close out the weekend. The pitching allowed 20 runs but as long as the offense can score more, which they did, the Cowgirls should be in good shape.

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    Oregon

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 5-0

    The Skinny: Despite the offseason turmoil, the Ducks obliterated the opposition. Freshmen Rachel Cid, Hannah Galey and Jasmine Sievers all showed they will make a huge impact for Oregon this season. Jordan Dail's spin was effective and she proved that she is a true competitor.

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    Kentucky

    SEC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 2-3


    The Skinny: Kentucky struggled. There is no way of sugar-coating it. The Wildcats have shown this trend over the past few seasons but it's nothing to worry about as they should one of the last 16 teams standing at the end.

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    James Madison

    Colonial
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 0-0

    The Skinny: The Dukes did not play opening weekend.

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    Illinois

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 3-2

    The Skinny: Illinois started the season with a bang after taking down Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Houston. The 6-10 loss to Sam Houston State doesn't wash out its weekend. We will keep an eye on the Illini as they still need to improve in some areas to maintain their ranking throughout the season.

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    Minnesota

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 2-1

    The Skinny: The weather wasn't exactly cooperative for the Gophers during opening weekend and the tournament was cut short. But, the Gophers look like a strong competitor despite their loss to Ole Miss. Remember the name Hope Brandner this season.

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    N.C. State

    ACC
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 3-2

    The Skinny: In what should've been a 4-1 weekend, the Wolfpack started the Jennifer Patrick-Swift era on the right foot. A big upset win over Arizona and one-run losses to Michigan and Florida, says the Wolfpack is a contender in the ACC. Freshman Sydney Nester got her first collegiate win in a complete-game effort against Arizona.

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    Arizona State

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 4-1

    The Skinny: Arizona State's Cielo Meza struggled in her debut as a Pac-12 pitcher but Samantha Mejia was 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA. Maddi Hackbarth did the most damage at the plate with three homers and 10 RBIs.

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    Baylor

    Big 12
    Notes:

    2019 Record: 3-2

    The Skinny: If it weren't for the win against South Carolina, the Bears would've dropped out completely this week. They hit .274 and had a plus-two run differential. The loss of ace Gia Rodoni in the circle could prove to be too much for Baylor this season.

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