Tennessee collects four votes in Top 25 Poll preventing Oklahoma from a third sweep
CITY — The Oklahoma Sooners (39-3, 8-1 Big 12) continue their reign atop the
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll this week with Tennessee (42-6,
15-3 SEC) closing the gap receiving four of the 20 first-place votes the
Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
The Sooners, who suffered their first Big 12 Conference loss, received the
remaining 16 votes to maintain their No. 1 ranking.
here to see the complete ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.
Sooners took to the road to meet up with No. 7 Texas (39-6, 9-2 Big 12) for a
three-game series with the victor coming out of the series with the lead in the
Big 12 Conference. In game one, the Sooners jumped on Texas ace Blaire
Luna (Austin, Texas) early to come out with a 6-1 win. Game two had the
opposite result as Oklahoma fell early to Texas, and despite a last inning
rally, fell 4-2 to the Longhorns. Oklahoma finished the series with a 5-3
win over Texas with the help of Shelby Pendley (Rio Rancho, N.M.), who hit two
home runs to secure the win.
tightened their grip on the No. 2 spot this week following their series sweep
of Ole Miss. The Lady Vols took game one 12-4 (five innings) and followed
with two run-rules: 15-5 (six innings) and 9-1 (five innings). Florida
(45-5, 14-4 SEC) rose back to the No. 3 spot this week following an 8-0 (five
innings) standalone win over then-No. 23 Florida State (37-15, 16-2 ACC) and a
three-game series sweep of Longwood (5-1, 9-5 and 8-0). Also rising in
the poll this week is No. 4 Oregon (38-6, 13-2 Pac-12), who collected two wins
over Portland State: 5-0 and 8-0 (five innings).
State (39-7, 10-5 Pac-12) fell to No. 5 this week after dropping a series to
unranked Utah. The Sun Devils suffered back-to-back losses to the Utes,
4-5 (eight innings) and 6-5, before rebounding in game three to finish the
series with a 6-4 win. Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Alabama (40-7, 12-6
SEC) had a win over Southern Mississippi and went 2-1 with Mississippi State; TNo.
7 Texas was 1-2 against Oklahoma; TNo. 7 Louisville (42-6, 15-1 Big East)
collected two wins over Pittsburgh and swept Villanova in their three-game
series matchup; No. 9 Michigan (39-7, 16-0 Big 10) kept their Big 10 record
flawless after a nine-inning win over Indiana and a series sweep of Iowa; No.
10 California (35-9, 9-6 Pac-12) cruised past Santa Clara and went 2-1 with
the Top 25 this week is No. 23 Georgia (34-15, 11-7), who had a loss to SC
Upstate and a series sweep over then-No. 13 Texas A&M (35-12, 6-11
SEC). No. 25 Arkansas (30-17, 8-10 SEC) makes their first appearance in
the poll this season after a series win over then-No. 17 Kentucky (34-14, 10-8
SEC). Dropping out is last week’s No. 22 Tulsa (33-13-1, 13-5 C-USA) and
TNo. 25 Arizona (28-19, 5-10 Pac-12) and TNo. 25 North Carolina (35-15, 11-5
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.