Oklahoma finishes the season at No 1
CITY — After claiming their program’s second national championship at the 2013
NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was voted
No. 1 in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll of the 2013
season, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball
announced today. The Sooners (57-4, 15-2 Big 12), who held the top spot in
every regular season poll this year, swept all 20 first-place votes after a
flawless 10-0 performance in the post season, including a 5-0 campaign in
Oklahoma City during the NCAA WCWS.
here to see the complete poll.
To advance to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma defeated Marist 17-0 (five innings) and
added two additional wins to their record following their 10-5 and 14-1 (five
innings) victories over then-No. 24 Arkansas (36-20, 12-10 SEC). Next,
the Sooners eliminated then-No. 20 Texas A&M (42-18, 10-13 SEC) 10-2 (six
innings) and 8-0 (five innings) in the Super Regionals held in Norman, Okla.
The Sooners started their week in Oklahoma City with a 7-1 win over then-No. 8
Michigan (51-13, 20-2 Big 10) before posting a 10-2, five-inning run-rule over
then-No. 7 Texas (51-10, 14-4 Big 12). The Sooners then punched their ticket to
the Championship Series by pushing past then-No. 9 Washington (45-17, 16-8
Pac-12) 6-2. It only took two games for the Sooners to clinch a National
Championship title, though Game One of the series proved to be a nail-biter as
the game pushed to extra innings with the Sooners coming out with the 5-3 (12
inning) win. 2013 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year
recipient Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.), who was also named the Most
Outstanding Player of the NCAA WCWS, helped secure a Sooner victory in Game Two
of the Championship Series, collecting four RBI to give Oklahoma the 4-0,
shutout win and a National Championship.
Tennessee (52-12, 16-6 SEC) finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation. En
route to the final round in Oklahoma City, the Lady Vols advanced out of the
Regionals by beating Longwood 9-0 (five innings) and North Carolina State 1-0
(11 innings) and 7-0. The Lady Vols then faced the reigning National
Champion, then-TNo. 10 Alabama (45-15, 13-11 SEC) in the Super Regionals, and
ousted the Crimson Tide 3-2 and 5-3 to earn a trip to Oklahoma City. At
the NCAA WCWS, Tennessee topped then-No. 2 Florida (58-9, 18-6 SEC) 9-2,
Washington 1-0 and Texas 2-1 to earn a trip to the NCAA WCWS Championship
Series for the first time since 2007.
finished the season at No. 3 following a 6-3 win against then-No. 4 Arizona
State (50-12, 16-8 Pac-12), the 10-2 (five inning) loss against Oklahoma and a
3-0 win over Florida before being eliminated from the NCAA WCWS by Tennessee
after a 2-1 loss. Washington finished the season at No. 4 after a 2-2
performance in which the Huskies notched a 4-3 (eight inning), walk-off win
against then-No. 16 Nebraska (45-16, 15-6 Big 10) before falling 1-0 to
Tennessee. Washington survived elimination by topping Michigan 4-1 before
ending their season with the 6-2 loss to Oklahoma.
out the Top 10 teams of the 2013 season are No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Michigan, No.
7 Arizona State, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Oregon (50-11, 19-5 Pac-12) and No. 10
Both Arkansas and South Florida (45-16, 18-3 Big East) fell out of the Top 25
this week following their eliminations from the NCAA tournament during their
Regional appearance. With their exits, Louisiana-Lafayette (47-15, 19-4 Sun
Belt) re-entered the poll at No. 15 and No.17 UAB (40-19, 19-4 Conference USA)
joined the Top 25 for the first time this season.
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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.
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About USA Softball
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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,
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About the NCAA
Women’s College World Series
The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium serves as the home to the NCAA Women’s College
World Series (WCWS). For the 24th year, the top eight college teams in the
nation will head to Oklahoma City and complete for a National Championship
title. Last year, over 75,000 fans attended the WCWS. Experience It Live in
here for more information.