Sooner magic leads to sweep in Collegiate Top 25

By Codi Warren | April 09, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY — Following their flawless Big-12 Conference opening weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners (34-2, 3-0 Big 12) swept the votes in the Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. For the second time this season, the No. 1 Sooners captured all 20 first-place votes and have held the top spot for nine consecutive weeks. 

The Sooners met up with then-No. 17 Baylor (29-10, 3-5 Big 12) for a three-game series over the weekend in Norman to kick off Big 12 Conference Play.  In game one, the Sooners picked up an 8-3 win and added one more run in game two to come out on top 9-3 over the Bears. Oklahoma finished the series in typical Sooner fashion with a six-inning, 8-0 run-rule.  The Sooners also faced then-No. 18 Tulsa (31-19-1, 11-1 CUSA) in a standalone game on Thursday and came out with a 3-1 win. 

Arizona State (36-4, 7-2 Pac-12), holds on to the No. 2 spot this week despite suffering a loss to then-No. 14 Stanford (27-12, 5-7 Pac-12).  The Sun Devils took game one 12-6 over the Cardinal and followed it with a 11-2 (six-innings) win during Saturday’s doubleheader, but fell 4-3 on Sunday during the series final game. 

Tennessee (34-6, 9-3 SEC) claims the No. 3 spot this week following their dominating performance over Southeastern Conference (SEC) rivals, Georgia.  The Lady Vols began their week by defeating Western Carolina 11-2 (five-innings) and Tennessee State 19-1 (five innings) before heading to Athens, Ga. for the conference matchup.  The Lady Vols swept the series, defeating the Bulldogs 10-3, 9-2 and 6-1.

Florida (38-4, 12-3 SEC) fell one spot to No. 4 this week after falling to Mississippi State in the final game of their series.  The Gators won the first two games of the series (9-1, 4-2) before being handed a 6-5 loss by  Mississippi State on Sunday.  Prior to their matchup with the Bulldogs, Florida topped Central Florida 2-1. 

Alabama (35-6, 10-5 SEC) rose to No. 5 this week following their 2-1 performance against then-No. 6 Missouri (23-4, 8-3 SEC).  The Tide won game one of the series 4-1, fell 9-4 in game two, and rebounded with a 14-6 (six innings) win in game three. Oregon (33-6, 10-2 Pac-12) rose three spots to No. 6 this week after their stellar performance against last week’s No. 4 California (30-6, 6-3 Pac-12).  The Ducks swept Pac-12 Conference rivals Utah (11-3, 11-1 and 5-2) before their 2-1 series win over California.     

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 7 Texas (35-4, 4-0 Big 12) had a win over Texas Southern and two wins over Western Kentucky; No. 8 California fell four spots this week after suffering a loss to No. 22 Arizona (26-13, 4-5 Pac-12) and then-No. 9 Oregon; No. 9 Missouri picked up two wins over Missouri State before their 1-2 performance against Alabama; No. 10 Louisville (32-6, 4-0 Big East) cracked the Top 10 following their wins over then-No. 20 Kentucky (27-10, 8-4 SEC) and St. John’s.

Rejoining the Top 25 this week is No. 25 Florida State (31-13, 10-2 ACC), who last appeared in the Top 25 in Week 2 of this season.  Dropping out is last week’s No. 23 Wisconsin (28-6, 6-3 Big 10).

The 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.