Duck unanimous No 1 once again in the ESPNcomUSA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll
— For the fourth consecutive week the Oregon Ducks (44-5, 17-1 Pac-12) maintain
their No. 1 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 the Amateur
Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
For the third straight week, all 20 first-place votes were awarded to the Ducks
who went 4-0 on the week extending their winning streak to ten.
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Ducks started their week with a 4-2 home win in a non-conference matchup with
Portland State before traveling to Stanford for a three-game, Pac-12 series.
Oregon’s offense was consistent as it scored seven runs in each of the three
contests and swept the Cardinal with 7-0, 7-1, and 7-2 wins.
(44-4, 15-3 Pac-12), who was also undefeated on the week, is No. 2 for the
third consecutive time. The Bruins started the week with a pair of wins over
Long Beach State (10-6 and 8-1) on Monday and carried the momentum into a
weekend series at Berkeley where they swept California 11-1 (five innings), 9-7
State (42-7, 11-3 Pac-12) stepped out of conference to take on Southern
Mississippi in a three game series and the Sun Devils took care of business
going 3-0 and out scoring Golden Eagles 19-0. With the series sweep, Arizona
State climbed back up to the No. 3 ranking this week, a position they
previously held earlier this year in week three.
up two spots, No. 4 Florida State (47-6, 24-3 ACC) closed out their regular
season with a three-game series sweep of Georgia Tech this week. In a
doubleheader on Saturday, the Seminoles ousted the Yellow Jackets 5-1 in game
one and 4-0 in game two. On Sunday, Florida State got their second
shutout of the week as they defeated Georgia Tech 3-0 setting the mark for most
ACC wins in a season at 24. The Seminoles will take a week off before entering
the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament as the top seed May 8-10 in
College Park, Md.
(42-9, 17-4 SEC) also climbed two spots this week to rejoin the Top 5 following
a 3-1 week that included a series win over No. 18 Georgia. The Crimson Tide
began the week with a 12-0 rout of Southern Mississippi on Tuesday prior to
welcoming the Bulldogs to Tuscaloosa for their weekend series. It was a team
effort as seven of Alabama’s starting nine recorded a hit in game one of the
series and they took the 4-2 win. Georgia scored seven runs in the third inning
of game two and cruised to a 10-2 win evening the series. In Saturday’s rubber
match, Alabama Senior Pitcher Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) earned her 99th
career win as the Crimson Tide took a 4-1 decision securing the series. Alabama
will close out Southeastern Conference (SEC) play when they travel to No. 15
Missouri for a three-game series this week.
Michigan (39-9, 17-3 Big 10) fell three spots this week following losses at
Purdue (2-3) and Illinois (2-10, six innings). Florida (42-10, 12-9 SEC) also
dropped two spots to No. 7 this week after losing a series to then-No. 17
Missouri. No. 8 Arizona (39-9, 12-6 Pac-12) had a perfect week defeating New
Mexico State 13-3 (five innings) and 13-7 on Wednesday and then sweeping a
conference series against Utah. Coming off of an 8-0, six inning run rule over
Furman and a series win over then-No. 10 Kentucky, the Tennessee Lady Vols are
No. 9 in this weeks poll. Rounding out the Top 10 is Washington (28-12, 8-8
Pac-12) who swept conference foe Oregon State over the weekend.
a lot of shifting in positions this week, the Top 25 teams remained the same
for the third consecutive week. Louisiana-Lafayette (37-8-1, 16-1 Sun Belt)
made the biggest jump moving up three spots to No. 13 in this weeks poll
following a 5-0 week that included a pair of wins over then-No. 14 Baylor.
Road to Oklahoma City continues as teams compete in their final week of regular
season play before heading into Conference Championship Tournaments. The
Pac-12 now leads the Top 10 with five teams while the Southeastern Conference
(SEC) has three and the Big 10 and ACC each have one representative.
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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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 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.
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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
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