Not much change at the top of this week’s Extra Inning Softball/JWOS Power Rankings after perfect showings from the Top 3 while Arizona and Washington jump up and Colorado State moves into the top 20 after also remaining perfect in conference play
Let’s see how the top 25 shakes out this week…
1. UCLA Bruins (32-1, last week: 1)
The Bruins stay at the top after a perfect showing last week including wins over UC-Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton as well as a conference sweep over Cal.
2. Oklahoma Sooners (32-2, last week: 2)
In an off-week from conference play, the Sooners recorded three run-rule wins including a mid-week win over Tulsa and a pair of victories over Utah.
3. Florida State Seminoles (35-3, last week: 3)
The defending champs swept Virginia in a conference series highlighted by a pair of run-rule wins. FSU outscored UVA 35-5 in the ACC match-up.
4. Arizona Wildcats (27-7, last week: 7)
The Wildcats swept through the Duel in the Desert shutting out archrivals Arizona State in three games and remaining perfect in Pac-12 play.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide (36-2, last week: 4)
A 10-inning loss to Mississippi State in the conference series finale marred the Tide's otherwise-perfect week that also included a midweek win over Georgia Tech.
6. LSU Tigers (31-7, last week: 5)
Following a run-rule win over Nicholls mid-week, the Tigers won the series over South Carolina capped by the series finale, a 9-1 run-rule victory.
7. Washington Huskies (29-6, last week: 10)
After sweeping Oregon last week, Washington took a mid-week victory over Cal Poly into the series with Oregon State allowing just two runs to the Beavers in the three-game set and winning the series finale via run-rule.
8. Tennessee Lady Vols (27-6, last week: 6)
After dropping the series opener to Missouri, the Lady Vols rebounded to take the series win and sit at three games above .500 in league play.
9. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (29-4, last week: 11)
The Cajuns also remained perfect in their own conference play, sweeping through a road series against Georgia Southern and moving to 12-0 in the Sun Belt.
10. Minnesota Golden Gophers (25-9, last week: 13)
The Gophers stayed perfect in the Big Ten sweeping past Purdue and moving to 6-0 in conference play. The Gophers outscored the Boilermakers 18-4 in the series.
11. Oklahoma State Cowgirls (26-10, last week: 18)
The Cowgirls took home a mid-week victory against Wichita State before taking the first two games of a home series against Texas to take the series against the Longhorns. The pair of wins included two shutouts and a run-rule.
12. Ole Miss Rebels (24-9, last week: 19)
The Rebels won yet another conference series, this time against the preseason-favorited Gators dropping a 15-inning opening affair before taking home the series' final two games.
13. Texas Longhorns (31-8, last week: 9)
A midweek win over Baylor that began the teams' split conference series was the main bright spot in a week that saw the Horns drop the series against Oklahoma State, falling in a pair of shutouts including a run-rule defeat.
14. Virginia Tech Hokies (30-5, last week: 14)
The Hokies won the series over Louisville, dropping a single game in the series and run-ruling the Cardinals in their pair of victories.
15. Florida Gators (29-8, last week: 8)
The Gators shut out Bethune-Cookman in midweek play, which was the surprising major bright spot of the week. A 15th-inning home run from Kendyl Lindaman was the decisive blow in the series opener against Ole Miss, before the Gators dropped the series' final two games.
16. Colorado State Rams (27-4, last week: 22)
Remaining perfect in Mountain West play, the Rams swept by Utah State and moved to 9-0 in the conference standings. A midweek win over Northern Colorado also dotted the Rams’ week’s slate.
17. James Madison Dukes (23-6, last week: 17)
Loren Laporte's Dukes posted a midweek victory over Marshall before sweeping through a conference series with Towson, including a 6-0 win in nine innings in the series finale.
18. Texas Tech Red Raiders (29-6, last week: 16)
The Red Raiders won the series against Iowa State, dropping the series middle game and only outscoring the Cyclones 21-13 in the three-game set.
19. Auburn Tigers (30-7, last week: 15)
Victory in a midweek game over Kennesaw State bookended a series loss versus Georgia that saw the Tigers escape with a sole victory over the Bulldogs, that coming in the series finale.
20. Arizona State Sun Devils (25-11, last week: 12)
The nation’s highest-scoring offense at one point in the season, the Sun Devils were shutout in each of their three games against Arizona.
21. Georgia Bulldogs (28-10, last week: 24)
After recording a series win over Auburn at Jane B. Moore Field before dropping the finale on Sunday, the Bulldogs moved to 3-6 in conference play.
22. Michigan Wolverines (23-10, last week: 25)
The Wolverines went 4-0 on the week, posting a run-rule win over Central Michigan in midweek play before sweeping past Rutgers, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 24-6 and posting a run-rule win in the series opener.
23. Stanford Cardinal (25-5, last week: 21)
Jessica Allister's Cardinal swept past Saint Mary's in a midweek doubleheader, later taking the weekend series win over Oregon, despite being outscored 19-17 in the series versus the Ducks. The Cardinal moved to 4-1 in Pac-12 play following the series.
24. Wisconsin Badgers (27-5, last week: NR)
Following a series loss to Illinois last week, the Badgers swept through this week, posting a perfect 5-0 record with two wins over Northern Iowa and a three-game sweep of Penn State, reaching double-digits in scoring three times.
25. UCF Knights (26-9, last week: NR)
The Knights swept through a conference series against East Carolina, outscoring the Pirates 18-7 and sitting at a perfect 6-0 in American conference play.
Dropped out: #20 Houston, #23 South Carolina
-- Justin McLeod, Extra Inning Softball College Correspondent