Ducks head into final week as No 1 team in the ESPNcom USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll
CITY — Despite suffering a loss to then-No. 3 Arizona State, the Oregon Ducks
(47-6-1, 18-2 Pac-12) remain the No. 1 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball
Collegiate Top 25 Poll the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball
announced today. Though their hold on the top spot loosened, the Ducks
captured 17 first-place votes, while Alabama, Florida State and UCLA each received
one top vote.
here to see the complete ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll
Oregon started the week with a pair of wins over Utah Valley (8-0, five innings
and 5-4) before facing off against then-No. 3 Arizona State (43-8-1, 11-3
Pac-12) in the race to a regular season Pac-12 title. A three-run rally
in the sixth inning propelled the Sun Devils to a 4-2 victory in game one, but
Oregon rebounded for a 12-2 (six inning) run-rule in game two to even the
series. Mother Nature prevented a conclusion for the weekend series,
forcing the conclusion a 2-2 tie of a game that included two rain delays.
Arizona State remains No. 2 this week following the series split.
a series win over Stanford, UCLA (46-5, 17-4 Pac-12) held its No. 2 spot this
week. The Bruins stranded 14 runners on base in a 12-9 loss to Stanford
in game one as the Cardinal offense exploded with 10 RBI off 12 hits but game
two would not have the same outcome as Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) pitched a
three-hit shutout in a UCLA 9-0 (five inning) win. The Bruins clinched
the series with a 5-2 victory in game three.
taking a week off to prep for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament,
Florida State (47-6, 24-3 ACC) holds onto their No. 4 rank and even garnered
one first-place vote in this week's poll. The Seminoles will enter the
ACC tournament as the No. 1 seed as they take on No. 8 seed Georgia Tech on
Thursday, May 8. Also holding onto their spot in the poll is Alabama
(44-10, 19-5 SEC), who remains No. 5 after taking two games against then-No. 15
Missouri (41-15, 15-9 SEC). The Tigers upset Alabama with an 8-6 loss in
game one, but the Crimson Tide answered with a 3-1 victory in game two and
clinched the series with a 2-0 win in their final matchup. With the
series win, Alabama heads into the Southeastern Conference (SEC) tournament as
the No. 1 seed.
Rounding out the Top 10: Florida (45-10, 15-9 SEC) jumps one spot to No. 6
after sweeping Arkansas 8-3, 11-0 and 5-1 in their three-game series; No. 7
Tennessee (42-9, 17-7 SEC) also moved up one spot this week following their
sweep of Ole Miss (11-6, 5-3 and 5-1); Washington (30-13, 10-9 Pac-12) rose two
spots to No. 8 after a 2-1 outing against then-No. 8 Arizona who falls to No. 9
this week after losing to the Huskies 11-7 and 8-0 (five innings); and making
their first top-ten appearance since week one, the defending National Champion
Oklahoma Sooners (43-10, 14-2 Big 12) come in at No. 10 after sweeping Texas
Tech 5-0, 5-1 and 13-0 (five innings) and capturing a 10-2 (five innings) win over
In other Top 25 news: Michigan (40-11, 18-5 Big 10) fell five spots to No. 11
after falling 9-3 and 6-5 (nine innings) to unranked Wisconsin. Then-No.
18 Georgia (42-12, 15-9 SEC) swept last weeks-No. 11 Kentucky (41-14, 13-11
SEC) in a three game series where the Bulldogs captured 5-1, 4-1 and 3-1 wins
over the Wildcats. With the wins, Georgia jumped four spots to No. 14
this week while Kentucky fell four spots to No. 15. No. 12
Louisiana-Lafayette (41-7-1, 19-1 Sun Belt) clinched the No. 1 spot in the Sun
Belt Conference Championship Tournament with a three-game sweep of
Louisiana-Monroe. The Ragin' Cajuns defeated ULM 8-6, 7-0 and 9-3 to
clinch a two-game bye in the tournament.
It's another big week for Division I softball as the Top 10 Finalists for the
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be announced May 7. The list
will be cut to the Top 3 Finalists on May 21, while the winner of the 2014 USA
Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 27 prior to
the start of the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City.
Next week will be the final regular season poll of the 2014 NCAA Division I
softball season. One final poll will be released on June 10 following the
conclusion of the NCAA WCWS at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
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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