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2023 NCAA Top 25 poll

2023 NCAA Top 25 poll

Montana Fouts is perfect again. Alabama’s fifth-year senior struck out 14 batters in a six-inning perfect game in an 8-0 win over Longwood on Sunday.

The Crimson Tide scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Fouts threw her first perfect game since the 2021 Women’s College World Series, a 14-strikeout, seven-inning effort in a 6-0 win over No. 2 UCLA.

Texas went 6-0 over the past week and has extended its winning streak to nine games as the Longhorns seek their second straight WCWS appearance.

Here are the schools ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll (games as of March 6):

1. Oklahoma, 17-1 (25 first-place votes)
2. UCLA, 22-1
3. Oklahoma State, 18-1
4. Clemson, 20-1
5. Tennessee, 16-1
6. Florida State, 20-3
7. Arkansas, 19-3
8. Stanford, 19-2
9. Alabama, 17-3
10. Texas, 17-2-1
11. Washington, 18-3
12. Florida, 14-3
13. Virginia Tech, 14-4
14. LSU, 20-1
15. Duke, 17-4
T-16. Kentucky, 12-5-1
T-16. Baylor, 17-2
18. Georgia, 17-5
19. Oregon, 16-4
20. Arizona, 15-6
21. Auburn, 20-2
22. Northwestern, 9-7
23. Missouri, 15-6
T-24. Louisiana, 13-8
T-24. Arizona State, 15-3

Key game last week: Baylor 2, Texas A&M 1 (8). A day after Texas A&M’s Emiley Kennedy no-hit the Bears, Baylor got revenge in an eight-inning thriller. Amber Toven lined a single up the middle with two on and one out to give the Bears a walk-off victory in a battle of ranked opponents.

Marquee game to watch: Florida State-Oklahoma State (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+). These top-five teams meet for a three-game series beginning on Friday. The Cowgirls’ Kelly Maxwell is among the nation’s leaders in strikeouts per seven innings, while the Seminoles’ Kathryn Sandercock anchors a pitching staff that hasn’t given up more than two runs in nine straight games.

Player to watch: NiJaree Canady, Stanford. The freshman Canady has yet to allow a run in 44 innings so far this season, and she showed off her dominance even more over the weekend. She struck out 18 batters in a seven-inning no-hitter against Villanova on Friday, the second no-no she has thrown so far this season.

Play of the week: Clemson is 20-1 on the season thanks to timely hitting, strong pitching and great defense — like this diving snag by shortstop Alia Logoleo.

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