Three teams claim stake on top spot as UCLA remains No 1 in the ESPNcom USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
OKLAHOMA CITY — A strong showing in Pac-12 play keeps the UCLA Bruins (27-2, 4-1 Pac-12) as the No. 1 team in the country the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Bruins received 16 first-place votes in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, while Tennessee (28-3, 5-1 SEC) garnered three and Oregon (25-3, 2-0 Pac-12) collected one vote for the first time this season.
UCLA started the week with a 2-0, Pac-12 Conference win over No. 9 Arizona before heading to Seattle, Wash. to take on the then-No. 6 Washington Huskies. UCLA took game one of the series with a 4-2 win, but suffered their second loss in conference play with a 10-2 (five inning) loss at the hands of the Huskies.
A series sweep against Southeastern Conference (SEC) foes South Carolina was enough to propel No. 2 Tennessee up one spot in this week's poll. The Lady Vols took on Middle Tennessee State for a standalone, 9-8 win before facing off against the Gamecocks at home. Tennessee took game one of the series with an 11-2 (five inning) run-rule victory before 5-4 and 6-5 decisions secured the sweep.
The No. 3 Oregon Ducks earned their highest spot on the poll this week following a 2-0 performance against Utah. The Ducks battled to collect an 8-7 win over the Utes in game one and followed with a 12-7 showing to ensure the series win. Florida (30-4, 5-4 SEC) fell two spots this week after a 1-2 performance against then-No. 7 Alabama. An 8-2 win over Central Connecticut State opened the week for the Gators before they took on the Crimson Tide where they fell 4-2 in the series opener. Florida bounced back with a 7-1 win before falling 7-0 to the Crimson Tide, who secured its first series win over Florida in Gainesville since 2005 . Following the series win and a standalone victory over Georgia State, Alabama (27-5, 8-1 SEC) rose two spots in this week poll to No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10: Michigan (22-6, 3-0 Big 10) fell one spot to No. 6 despite a perfect 3-0 performance in their Big 10 Conference opener against Indiana; Washington (21-6, 2-2 Pac-12) fell to the No. 7 spot after a 1-1 showing against UCLA; No. 8 Arizona State (29-5, 3-2 Pac-12) maintains their spot this week after picking up two wins over No. 23 Stanford; No. 9 Arizona (27-6, 2-3 Pac-12) fell 2-0 to UCLA, picked up two wins over UNLV and collected two Pac-12 Conference wins over Oregon State; No. 10 Kentucky (27-5, 4-2 SEC) put up a 6-1 week as host of the Kentucky Tournament with their sole loss coming at the hands of Kansas.
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