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Helmer’s College Softball Top 25 for Week 10

College softball continues to heat up, as we’re now getting well into the month of April. Here’s this week’s edition of the Top 25.

1. Oklahoma – The Sooners kept on keeping on and extended their winning streak to 29 games with three shutout victories over Texas Tech and another over LSU in Baton Rouge. After Jordy Bahl’s complete game shutout Tuesday night, the pitching staff hasn’t allowed a run in 30.2 innings.

2. UCLA – UCLA similarly brushed aside Oregon State, outscoring the Beavers 27-3. It’s now won nine straight.

3. Oklahoma State – The Cowgirls are content in making this a two-team race for the Big 12 regular season championship. They swept Kansas over the weekend, fighting off the Jayhawks in the opener, then taking the next two easily, before defeating Tulsa again in the midweek.

 

4. Florida State – The Seminoles made the week’s biggest statement. A team that I pegged as a potential championship matchup with Oklahoma when they left Norman a few weeks ago, they swept Clemson on the road and made that prediction even a bit more likely.

5. Stanford – Stanford steps back into the Top 5 after sweeping Arizona and shooting the Wildcats out of the rankings. It permitted only four runs to the high-powered Arizona offense all weekend.

6. Georgia – The Bulldogs went to Fayetteville and took the first two from Arkansas. They were a walk-off loss in the finale away from sweeping the Razorbacks at Bogle Park.

7. Tennessee – The Volunteers’ early weekend performance wasn’t in the plans. They dropped a pair of games to Baylor, but did defeat Mercer and respond with a dominant 11-0 win at Virginia Tech.

 

8. Clemson – The Tigers are still worthy of a Top 10 ranking despite getting swept by Florida State. They bounced back with a 4-3 walk-off victory over rival South Carolina Tuesday evening.

9. Washington – Following a one-week hiatus, the Huskies are back in the Top 10, fresh off defeating California all three times over the weekend. They racked up 32 runs.

10. Texas – The Longhorns, too, are back in the Top 10. Not many teams have had trouble with Iowa State, and they certainly didn’t.

11. Arkansas – Arkansas is down three spots after losing the series to Georgia. It’s been another rough little stretch for the Hogs, who were swept in the season series by Central Arkansas as well Tuesday evening.

12. LSU – LSU reaped the benefits of taking on No. 1 Oklahoma in the RPI column, even if it was a 3-0 setback. The Tigers are still No. 5 in that regard, as they took two of three over Missouri beforehand.

13. Duke – Two more games with East Carolina await, before the Blue Devils return to ACC play. UNC Wilmington and Elon have caused no issues thus far.

 

14. Texas A&M – Texas A&M is another team whose pitching dominated in recent days. It permitted only three runs to Mississippi State while producing 16 of its own in three victories.

15. Kentucky – Kentucky got back to its SEC series winning ways. It bounced Ole Miss a pair of times, before falling in the finale.

16. Oregon – The Ducks had little of a challenge over the weekend. If one needed any evidence of that, he or she can simply check the 43-1 count they outscored their opponents of Montana and Lindenwood by.

17. Baylor – Including those pair of triumphs at Tennessee, the Bears have now won six straight. They’re back firmly in the Top 20 after I shouldn’t have pulled them out of my Top 25.

18. Alabama – The Crimson Tide nearly lost two of three to South Carolina, but a Thursday night victory kept that from being the case. As it is, it was just another ho-hum series win, with a victory at Samford added on.

19. Wichita State – The Shockers just keep on impressing. After dispatching Oklahoma State in the midweek, they crushed Memphis over the weekend.

20. Virginia Tech – Virginia Tech endured an aforementioned pounding at the hands of Tennessee Tuesday night. That came after five victories in six tries.

21. Northwestern – The Wildcats followed up on a midweek victory over Illinois with three more over Penn State. They’ve won 14 of 15.

22. Utah – Utah is back on the right track after losing two of three in Berkeley. It grabbed two of three this time around against Arizona State.

23. Florida – Florida welcomed Auburn to town and greeted it with a couple of setbacks. Courtesy of an extra-inning win in the Thursday opener, the Gators won two of three. They were shut out in the last contest of the set.

24. Indiana – The Hoosiers’ 23-game winning streak came to a halt with a 6-5 loss to Minnesota on Saturday evening. They then proceeded to lose the series the next day, prior to a bounce back performance against Louisville.

25. Louisiana – Louisiana is back in the poll, having claimed seven straight before a narrow 2-1 loss at Baylor. It next takes on Texas A&M.

    Just missed: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Central Arkansas

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