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.
The 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).
No. 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 this week.
The 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.
LSU (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.
Dropping out of this week’s poll is Northwestern (23-11, 6-6 Big 10) who lost 2-of-3 match ups to Minnesota.
Leading 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 representative.
The 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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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 the 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 six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.
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