Top teams hold steady in Top 25 Poll
CITY — With a 26-4 overall record this week, the ESPN.com/USA Softball
Collegiate Top 10 teams remain the same in this week’s poll the Amateur
Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
Collecting 18 first-place votes, the Oklahoma Sooners (30-2) extend their
streak at No. 1 to eight straight weeks following a pair of wins over Wichita
Sooners visited Wichita State on Wednesday and outscored the home team 23-2 in
doubleheader action. In game one, Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts (San Jose,
Calif.) picked up the 7-1 win as she threw seven complete innings allowing just
one run on two hits. In game two the Sooners completed the sweep as they scored
ten runs in the first two innings on their way to a 16-1 victory.
State (34-3, 5-1 Pac-12), who received one first-place vote this week, picked
up three conference wins against Oregon State over the weekend to maintain
their No. 2 ranking. The Sun Devils took game one 5-4 over the Beavers on
Friday and followed it with a 5-1 win on Saturday and an 11-0 (5) run-rule on
a 7-3 win over Florida State on Wednesday, the No. 3 Florida Gators (35-3, 10-2
SEC) traveled to Oxford, Miss, for a three-game Southeastern Conference (SEC)
series over the weekend. Florida topped Ole Miss 4-1 Friday and picked up two
more wins on Sunday (8-0, 8-7). The Gators will next face Central Florida at
home April 3 before hosting Mississippi State in a three-game series, April
(27-3, 3-0 Pac-12) and Tennessee (29-6, 6-3 SEC) also maintained their fourth
and fifth place rankings. The Golden Bears, who collected one first-place vote,
competed in just one game over the week, defeating Sacramento State 1-0 on the
road. The Lady Vols began their week by defeating Eastern Kentucky 8-0 in five
innings on Wednesday before traveling to Lexington, Ky. for a matchup with
then-No. 20 Kentucky on Friday. Tennessee improved their win count with a 6-0
victory over the Wildcats.
out the Top 10: No. 6 Missouri (20-2, 7-1 SEC), which had three wins over South
Carolina; No. 7 Alabama (32-5, 8-4 SEC) had a win over Houston (6-3) and went
2-1 in a series with then-No. 9 Texas A&M; No. 8 Texas (32-4, 4-0 Big 12)
had three conference wins at Kansas; No. 9 Oregon (28-5, 5-1 Pac-12) moved up
one spot this week following a 10-3 win over then-No. 17 Stanford and a 2-1 series
record with then-No. 15 Washington; No. 10 Texas A&M (28-7, 5-6 SEC) fell
one spot after a 2-2 week that included wins over Texas State (9-1) and No. 7
Louisville ( 28-6, 2-1 Big East) remains just outside the Top 10 this week
following a 2-1 series with Syracuse. Coming in at No. 14, the Stanford
Cardinal (24-9, 4-2 Pac-12) made the biggest jump in this week’s poll, rising
three spots from last week following a pair of wins over then-No. 14 UCLA
(25-8, 2-4 Pac-12).
the poll is No. 23 Wisconsin (27-4, 5-1 Big 10) and No. 25 North Carolina
(25-13, 6-3 ACC). The Badgers, who went 2-1 in a three-game series at Iowa this
week, enter the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 for the first time in
program history. The Tar Hills impressed voters with a 3-1 week that included
two wins over then-No. 24 Virginia Tech (19-8, 1-4 ACC). Dropping out of the
poll is last week’s No. 23 Georgia (26-10, 6-3 SEC) and No. 24 Virginia Tech,
who both lost their conference series match-ups last week.
The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by
coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA/USA
Softball Regions as well as members of National and Local media who
consistently cover Division I Softball across the country.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing
Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic
Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations
and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the
USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs
together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting
these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions.
The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports
involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at
the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World
Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed
five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball,
please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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