Final top-25 rankings, plus players to watch in the NCAA tournament

The 2024 college softball regular season has officially come to an end after an exciting weekend of play.

Oklahoma State claimed its first regular-season Bedlam series win in Norman since 1993, downing Oklahoma in the first two games. Florida won its ninth series against Texas A&M since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012. And top teams Texas and Tennessee kept rolling with sweeps against conference foes.

How high did the Cowgirls climb, and how far did the Sooners fall after the final installment of the Bedlam rivalry? Which teams have climbed up the rankings?

Here’s the final Softball Collegiate top 25 poll of the regular season, plus players to watch as conference tournaments begin.

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Players to watch

Lexi Kilfoyl, P, Oklahoma State

Kilfoyl boasts a 21-3 record with a 1.11 ERA, good for third-best in the nation, and 114 strikeouts. In the final Bedlam series, she helped her team by closing out the first two wins. In Game 1, she contributed with four innings in relief; she struck out two batters and surrendered only two hits. In the series-sealing Game 2, Kilfoyl retired three batters in three innings of work. Her stellar final season for the Cowgirls has helped lift her to being named a top 26 finalist for the 2024 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.

Karli Spaid, IF, Miami (OH)

Spaid used her senior year to etch her name into softball history. She closed out the regular season with 34 home runs, which is tied for the second-most in NCAA history in a single season. Her 101 career total is also the second-most in NCAA history, behind only Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo (122). Spaid leads an exciting Redhawks offense that is the nation’s best in scoring per game (9.37), home runs per game (2.96) and slugging percentage (.757).


Current top 25 rankings

Here is the Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll as of May 7, plus information on each team’s next game.

All times Eastern.
Parenthesis denotes first place votes.


1. Texas (24)

Record: 45-6
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 6 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+


2. Oklahoma State (1)

Record: 44-9
Next game: vs. BYU (Thursday), 12 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+

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3. Tennessee

Record: 40-9
Next game: TBD


4. Oklahoma

Record: 46-6
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 2:30 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+


5. Duke

Record: 44-6
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 11 a.m. on ACCN



Record: 34-10
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 7 p.m.


7. Florida

Record: 43-12
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 5 p.m. on SECN


8. Stanford

Record: 42-12
Next game: vs. California (Thursday), 3:30 p.m.


9. LSU

Record: 38-14
Next game: vs. Alabama (Wednesday), 11 a.m. on SECN


10. Texas A&M

Record: 39-12
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 8 p.m. on SECN


11. Washington

Record: 31-12
Next game: vs. Arizona (Thursday), 9:30 p.m.


12. Missouri

Record: 40-14
Next game: vs. TBD (Wednesday), 2 p.m. on SECN


13. Arkansas

Record: 36-15
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 2 p.m. on SECN


14. Georgia

Record: 38-15
First game: vs. Auburn (Wednesday), 5 p.m. on SECN


15. Virginia Tech

Record: 39-11-1
Next game: vs. Georgia Tech (Thursday), 7:30 p.m. on ACCN


16. Florida State

Record: 41-13
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 5 p.m. on ACCN


17. Mississippi State

Record: 33-17
Next game: vs. South Carolina (Wednesday), 8 p.m. on SECN


18. Louisiana

Record: 40-16
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 11 a.m.


19. Arizona

Record: 33-15-1
Next game: vs. Washington (Thursday), 9:30 p.m.


20. Alabama

Record: 33-16
First game: vs. LSU (Wednesday), 11 a.m. on SECN


21. Clemson

Record: 33-16
Next game: vs. Virginia (Thursday), 1:30 p.m. on ACCN


22. Oregon

Record: 28-18
Next game: vs. Utah (Thursday), 1 p.m.


23. Northwestern

Record: 33-10
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 12 p.m.


24. Miami (OH)

Record: 45-7
Next game: vs. TBD (Thursday), 12 p.m. on ESPN+


25. Kentucky

Record: 30-21
Next game: vs. Ole Miss (Tuesday), 7 p.m. on SECN

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