Oregon unanimous at No 1 for in Top 25 Poll
OKLAHOMA CITY — With a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend, the
Oregon Ducks (37-5, 11-1 Pac-12) were a unanimous No. 1 in the nation in the
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)
of America and USA Softball announced today. The Ducks received all 20
first place votes after outscoring its in-state rival Oregon State 38-7 in a
three-game sweep in Corvallis.
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UCLA Bruins (35-4, 9-3 Pac-12) moved up one spot to No. 2 with a one-win week
defeating Cal State Fullerton 5-2 while Alabama (37-7, 15-3 SEC) fell to No. 6
after suffering back-to-back losses to Mississippi State. The offense of
the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (33-6, 12-0 Big 10) exploded over the weekend as
they recorded four victories, three of which were five-inning run-rule
wins. Posting 39 runs to their opponents one run, they remain perfect in
the Big Ten Conference heading into a big upcoming series against No. 13
Minnesota (32-6, 10-3 Big 10).
Kentucky (36-8, 10-5 SEC) moved one spot forward with five-win weekend
including three run-rule victories and a sweep of Ole Miss. The defending
National Champion No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners (32-9, 9-1 Big 12) nabbed two wins
against Big 12 Conference foe Baylor (30-9, 4-3 Big 12) who landed at No. 14
Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (30-7-1, 11-1 Sun Belt) jumped three spots to
No. 17 earning two wins against a now No. 20 South Alabama (32-8, 9-4 Sun
Belt). They opened the weekend at home with a 6-2 win, then fell later
that evening 4-8 before returning on Sunday with a 5-1 victory thanks to
the bat of Lexie Elkins (Victoria, Texas) who hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run in
the third inning.
(23-18, 5-9 SEC) re-enters the poll at the No. 24 slot after defeating a then
No. 18 Georgia in back-to-back come back victories. A 5-4 (8 inning)
battle on Saturday, Jacee Blades (Baton Rouge, La.) connected for a triple in
the bottom of the eighth inning to knock in the winning, walk-off run.
Then on Sunday, the Tigers exploded for a seven-run sixth inning performance
that propelled the squad to a 13-11 victory.
out of this week’s poll is Northwestern (23-11, 6-6 Big 10) who lost 2-of-3 match
ups to Minnesota.
the Top Ten is the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences with four teams a piece
while the Big 10 and Atlantic Coast Conferences each have one
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching
representatives of 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball Regions
as well as members of the National and Local media who consistently cover
Division I Softball across the country.
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