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The top 50 programs in college softball, ranked by D1 Softball

The top 50 programs in college softball, ranked by D1 Softball

(Editor’s note: The following rankings were first published in fall 2022 by D1 Softball. The original articles include detailed capsules for all 50 teams. You can subscribe to D1 softball here.)

For the purpose of ranking the Top 50 programs, we don’t care what happened in the 1970s or 80s — or even the 90s. That’s ancient history to a potential recruit in 2023. Tradition is nice, but it’s more important to establish a tradition of consistent winning in the past decade, and especially in the last five years. Our ultimate goal here is to identify the programs in the best shape right now, with an eye toward the next five to 10 years.

So we began by awarding programs points for making regionals and having postseason success in the last five years, and a fewer amount of points for success between six and 10 years ago. That gave us a starting point; then national writers Tara Henry and Brady Vernon made adjustments based on evaluations of coaching staff quality and stability, facilities, scholarship/financial aid situation, conference dynamics, momentum and recruiting and player development proficiency.

  • No. 50 UMBC
  • No. 49 San Diego State
  • No. 48 Ohio State
  • No. 47 Saint Francis
  • No. 46 Nebraska
  • No. 45 Liberty
  • No. 44 Texas State
  • No. 43 Wichita State
  • No. 42 McNeese
  • No. 41 Cal State Fullerton
  • No. 40 California
  • No. 39 Fordham
  • No. 38 Boston University
  • No. 37 Wisconsin
  • No. 36 BYU
  • No. 35 South Florida
  • No. 34 Oregon State
  • No. 33 Stanford
  • No. 32 UCF
  • No. 31 Duke
  • No. 30 Clemson
  • No. 29 Ole Miss
  • No. 28 Notre Dame
  • No. 27 Virginia Tech
  • No. 26 Mississippi State
  • No. 25 JMU
  • No. 24 Baylor
  • No. 23 Minnesota
  • No. 22 Arkansas
  • No. 21 Northwestern
  • No. 20 Missouri
  • No. 19 Louisiana
  • No. 18 Auburn
  • No. 17 Texas A&M
  • No. 16 Oklahoma State
  • No. 15 Michigan
  • No. 14 ASU
  • No. 13 Oregon
  • No. 12 Kentucky
  • No. 11 LSU
  • No. 10 Texas
  • No. 9 Tennessee
  • No. 8 Georgia
  • No. 7 Washington
  • No. 6 Arizona
  • No. 5 Alabama
  • No. 4 Florida State
  • No. 3 UCLA
  • No. 2 Florida
  • No. 1 Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Location: Norman, Okla.

Conference: Big 12

Field: OU Softball Complex

Head Coach: Patty Gasso 1,395-344-2 (28 Seasons)

Postseason Appearances: 28

Last Decade: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

WCWS Appearances: 15

WCWS Titles: 6

All-Americans: 75

With five national titles in the past decade, it’s no surprise the Sooners repeat as No. 1.

In the past decade, Oklahoma dominated…

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