Gators remain atop the ESPNcomUSA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll
CITY — Behind a perfect 5-0 performance at the Easton Desert Classic in Las
Vegas, Nev. this week., the Florida Gators preserve the coveted No. 1 spot in
the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, the Amateur Softball
Association (ASA) of America announced today. Florida (11-0) occupies the top
spot in the poll for the second consecutive week after being ranked third in
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Gators, led by Southeastern Conference (SEC) player of the week Lauren Haeger
(Peoria, Ariz.), outscored opponents 59-6 to garner 12 first-place votes
in this week’s poll. Moving into the second spot in the Top 25, the Washington
Huskies (10-0) remained undefeated on the year with five wins at the Littlewood
Classic in Tempe, Ariz. For their efforts, the Huskies received six of the
remaining eight first-place votes in the poll.
point separated second and third in this weeks poll and despite remaining
undefeated, No. 3 Tennessee (9-0) fell one spot for the second straight week.
The Lady Vols went 5-0 at the USF Tournament in Tampa, Fla. with all wins
coming against unranked opponents. The 2013 Women’s College World Series (WCWS)
Finalists collected one first-place vote in this week’s poll.
4, undefeated Arizona State (11-0) received the final first-place following a
5-0 week of their own. The Sun Devils defeated Tennessee State 10-3 earlier in
the week before hosting the Littlewood Classic where they picked up four
additional wins highlighted by a 7-0 victory over then-No. 7 Oklahoma
out the top five, Michigan extended its
record to 7-2 with four wins at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational over the weekend.
The Wolverines fell to then-No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette 8-6 on Friday but
bounced back to run-rule the Ragin' Cajuns 15-1 in (five innings) on Saturday.
Michigan will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. this week to compete in the FAU
out the Top 10: No. 6 Kentucky (10-0) improved on its highest ranking in school
history this week following a 5-0 week at the Texas Tournament that included
two wins over then-No. 16 Texas; No. 7 Alabama (8-2) fell one spot in the poll
following a 3-2 showing at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.; No. 8
Oregon (9-1) was perfect at the Easton Desert Classic picking up five wins and
no loses to improve two spots in this weeks poll; No. 9 UCLA (11-0) jumped four
spots from last week with a 5-0 outing at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial
Tournament; No. 10 Florida State (10-1) cracked the Top 10 this week following
a six-win performance while hosting the Renegade Classic.
the biggest jump this week in the poll is Arizona (9-0), who jumped eight spots
to No. 14. The Wildcats, hosts of the Hillenbrand Invitational, went 6-0
on the week defeating Grand Canyon 5-0 on Thursday, New Mexico 5-0 (five
innings) on Friday, Tennessee State 10-1 (five innings), then-No. 6 Alabama 3-0
on Saturday and 8-0 (five innings) on Sunday and closed out the event with
another 5-0 win over Grand Canyon on Sunday afternoon.
the second straight week, No. 25 Texas suffered the biggest fall in the poll.
The Longhorns drop nine spots this week following a 2-3 performance as hosts of
the Texas Classic that included two losses to No. 6 Kentucky (4-6 and 5-6) as
well as a 2-3 loss at the hands of IPFW.
out of the Top 25 are Week 1 No. 23 Louisville (4-5), who suffered losses to then-unranked
Notre Dame and North Carolina and last week's No. 25 California (5-4) who
earned losses to San Diego State, Texas State and St. Mary’s. Entering the poll
this week are No. 21 Tulsa (9-1), who swept the Aggie Classic in College Station,
Texas and No. 24 Notre Dame (5-0) who improved to 6-1 with wins over Louisville
and Jacksonville at the Jacksonville University Tournament.
The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is currently in its 12th year.
Regular season polls are released for 14 consecutive Tuesdays with the final
poll of the season to be released on June 10 following the NCAA Women's College
World Series (WCWS). The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week accolades
are announced in conjunction with the Top 25 poll with a new player chosen each
Tuesday of the regular season.
In addition to conducting the ESPN.com/USA Softball collegiate Top 25 Poll and
the USA Softball Player of the Week, ASA/USA Softball is also in the 13th
season of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The Top
50 Watch List for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year was
announced Jan. 29, and the Top 25 will be announced April 9, the Top 10
announced May 7 and the Top 3 announced May 21. The 2014 USA Softball
Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 27.