Top three teams hold steady in the ESPN com USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
CITY — Despite suffering their first loss of the season, Florida (24-1, 2-1
SEC) continues their reign atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
Poll the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball
announced today. The Gators, with 14 first place votes, are No. 1 for the
fifth-consecutive time in the 2014 season while Tennessee (21-2) captured two
first-place votes and UCLA (23-1) nabbed four votes.
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Gators went 3-1 on the week, starting with a standalone game against Boston
College in which the they came out with a 7-3 win. Florida then kicked
off Southeastern Conference (SEC) play against Ole Miss, who snapped the Gators
22 game win-streak with a 2-0 shutout in the first game of the series.
Florida bounced back to beat the Rebels 10-3 and 2-0 to capture the series win.
suffering a 3-2 loss to Western Kentucky at the Tennessee Tournament,
Tennessee (21-2) edged UCLA by one point to narrowly remain the No. 2 team in
the country this week. The Lady Vols gave a dominant performance on
the week, going 6-1, including two run-rule victories over Wright State ( 9-0,
6 innings and 8-0, 6 innings) and four shutout wins over Holy Cross (5-0),
Campbell (1-0), Georgia Southern (2-0) and College of Charleston (3-0).
Up next for the Lady Vols is the start of SEC play as they head to Fayetteville
to take on Arkansas.
stayed at No. 3 this week despite earning two more first-place votes than
Tennessee. The Bruins played host to then-No. 4 Michigan in a two-game
series, besting the Wolverines 4-1 (8 innings) before falling 9-4 in their second
matchup. UCLA closed out the week with a strong performance as host of
the UCLA/CSUN invitational with wins over UNLV (8-0, 6 innings), Loyola Chicago
( 11-3, 6 innings and 7-1), Charleston Southern (4-0), CSU Bakersfield (4-2)
and Georgetown (3-1).
Oregon (18-2) moved up one spot in the poll this week despite taking a week off
to prepare for the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Also moving up
in the poll is No. 5 Arizona State (26-3), who rebounded after suffering three
losses last week. The Sun Devils offense came alive in a 16-2 (5
innings) win over Detroit before narrowly edging Longwood 1-0 in two standalone
games prior to heading to Fullerton, Calif. for the Judi Garman Classic.
In Fullerton, the Sun Devils were flawless with a 5-0 performance, including a
2-0 shutout over Michigan and a 1-0 (8 innings) pitching duel against then-No.
out the Top 10: Washington (19-4) holds tight at No. 6 despite a 3-2
performance at the Judi Garman Classic; No. 7 Michigan (16-6) fell three
positions following a 3-4 week, including losses to UCLA (4-1, 8 innings),
Arizona State (2-0), Washington (7-1) and Houston (5-2); Arizona (23-3) remains
No. 8 after posting a 5-2 record on the week; Alabama (20-4, 3-0 SEC) rejoined
the Top 10 this week at No. 9 after sweeping South Carolina at home; Florida
State (20-3, 2-1 ACC) fell one spot to No. 10 after a 2-1 Atlantic Coast
Conference (ACC) opener against Virginia.
the poll this week is Auburn (19-4-1, 2-1 SEC), who opened up SEC play at home
against then-No. 23 LSU. Auburn lost their first matchup against LSU 4-1,
but rebounded with 6-4 and 7-0 wins to collect the series win. Dropping
out of the poll is last week's No. 25 USC Upstate (22-2, 3-0 A-Sun), who suffered
their first two losses of the season against North Carolina State before
picking up a win over North Carolina and two run-rule victories over South
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching
representatives from 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball
Regions as well as members of National and Local media who consistently cover
Division I Softball across the country.
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