The Irish are ranked 24th in the latest NFCA poll.

Notre Dame Cracks NFCA Top 25 Rankings

March 30, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After receiving votes for the bulk of the 2010 softball season, Notre Dame is now ranked 24th in the latest NFCA Top 25 Poll, released Tuesday by the organization. The Irish were last ranked (25th) in the final 2009 regular season, the first time the program ended a season in the top 25 since 2002.

Washington received 29 of 30 first-place votes in the poll to top the rankings for the seventh consecutive week.

Notre Dame was the only team to join the poll this week, making its debut at No. 24. The Irish replaced last week’s No. 25 Baylor, who dropped out of the rankings but still received votes.

Notre Dame hits the road and plays at 5 p.m. (ET) today against Loyola-Chicago.