4-22 Weekly Conference Honors

WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONORS APRIL 22

America East player of the week                                               Sydney Harbaugh, Binghamton
American East pitcher of the week                          Allison Cukrov, Stony Brook
America East rookie of the week                              Jessica Holte, UMBC
Am Athletic player of the week                                 Chandler Howard, Rutgers
Am Athletic pitcher of the week                                               Sara Nevins, USF
Atlantic 10 player of the week                                    Alicia Aughton, LaSalle
Atlantic 10 pitcher of the week                                  Alicia Aughton, LaSalle
Atlantic 10 rookie of the week                                   Jena Cozza, U Mass
Atlantic Coast player of the week                             Maddie O’Brien, Florida State
Atlantic Coast pitcher of the week                           Jessica Burroughs, Florida State
Atlantic Sun player of the week                                 Jessica Barnes, FGCU
Atlantic Sun pitcher of the week                                               Meredith Owen, Stetson
Big 12 player of the week                                             Jordan Strickland, Baylor
Big 12 pitcher of the week                                           Gretchen Aucoin, Texas Tech
Big East player of the week                                         Jackie Reed, St John’s
Big East pitcher of the week                                        Kate Poppe, Villanova
Big Sky player of the week                                           Hailey Breakwell, Idaho State
Big Sky pitcher of the week                                         Caitlin Brooks, Sacramento State
Big South player of the week                                      Kory Hayden, Coastal Carolina
Big South pitcher of the week                                    Kensley Loudermlk, Presbyterian
Big Ten co-player of the week                                    Tatum Edwards, Nebraska
Big Ten co-player of the week                                    Marisa Bast, Northwestern
Big Ten pitcher of the week                                        Kelly Smith, Michigan State
Big Ten freshman of the week                                   Katy McJunkin, Purdue
Big West player of the week                                       Missy Taukeiaho, CS Fullerton
Big West pitcher of the week                                     Brianna Elder, CS Northridge
Colonial player of the week                                         Kelsey Hodgson, Coll of Charleston
Colonial pitcher of the week                                       Jailyn Ford, James Madison
Colonial rookie of  the week                                       Michaela Transue, Hofstra
CUSA player of the week                                             Kristen McGrath, UAB
CUSA pitcher of the week                                            Aimee Creger, Tulsa
Horizon League player of the week                         Alyson Broschk, Cleveland State
Horizon League pitcher of the week                        Sara Shields, Cleveland State
Ivy League player of the week                                   Alyssa Rodia, Columbia
Ivy League pitcher of the week                                 Laura Riccciardone, Harvard
Ivy League rookie of the week                                   Alyssa Rodia, Columbia
MAAC player of the week                                            Kayleena Flores, Monmouth
MAAC pitcher of the week                                          Rae Ball, Fairfield

MAAC rookie of the week                                           Sydney Underhill, Monmouth
MAC East player of the week                                     Katie Yoho, Bowling Green
MAC East pitcher of the week                                    Emma Johnson, Kent State
MAC West player of the week                                   Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State
MAC West pitcher of the week                                 Allyson Kus, Western Michigan
MEAC player of the week                                            Margaret Wilkins, Hampton
MEAC pitcher of the week                                           Jailynn Jackson, Hampton
MEAC rookie of the week                                            Kayla DeSchepper, Hampton
MVC player of the week                                                               Brittany Fortner, Wichita State
MVC pitcher of the week                                             Chelsea Ross, UNI
MVC newcomer of the week                                     Cacy Williams, Wichita State
Mountain West player of the week                         not updated since April 14
Northeast player of the week                                    Kelsey Parker,Wagner
Northeast co-pitcher of the week                            Megan Reiner, Fairleigh Dickinson
Northeast co-pitcher of the week                            Nicole Pagano, Mount St Mary’s

Northeast  rookie of the week                                   Sarah Drazin, Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley player of the week                                  Sara Borders, Jacksonville State
Ohio Valley pitcher of the week                                                Tiffany Harbin, Jacksonville State
Pacific 12 player of the week                                      Stephany LaRosa, UCLA
Pacific 12 pitcher of the week                                     Jessica Hall, UCLA
Patriot League player of the week                           not updated
SEC player of the week                                                 Stephanie Tofft, Florida
SEC pitcher of the week                                                                Alexis Silkwood, Mississippi State
SEC freshman of the week                                          Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU
SoCon player of the week                                            Katelyn Bedwell, UNCG
SoCon pitcher of the week                                          Katie Henderson, Chattanooga
Southland hitter of the week                                     Valerie Perez, Texas A&M CC
Southland pitcher of the week                                  Liz Carter, Texas A&M CC
SWAC hitter of the week                                              Alexandria Harris, Alcorn State
SWAC pitcher of the week                                           Jazmin Castillo, Alcorn State
Sun Belt player of the week                                        Taylor Anderson, Gorgia State
Sun Belt pitcher of the week                                      Callie Collins, UT Arlington
Summit League player of the week                         Lizzie Noble, Omaha
Summit League co-pitcher of the week                 Miranda Kramer, Fort Wayne
Summit League co-pitcher of the week                 Krista Menke, North Dakota State
West Coast player of the week                                  Stephanie Fisher, Santa Clara
West Coast pitcher of the week                                                Cassidy Coleman, San Diego
WAC hitter of the week                                                                Katrie Kelley, Kansas City
WAC pitcher of the week                                             Stephanie Pesqueira, Grand Canyon

 

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4-22-2014 Tuesday DI Games

APRIL 22 2014 DI GAMES

NCAA April 20 player statistics are posted on www.spysoftball.org
NCAA April 20 pitching statistics are posted on
www.spysoftball.org
NCAA April 20 team statistics are posted on
www.spysoftball.org
NCAA April 20 RPI rankings are posted on
www.spysoftball.org.

 

TUESDAY GAMES
April 22 NFCA Poll

 

1. Oregon def Portland State 4-2/ DH
2. UCLA
3. Florida

4. Michigan

5. Arizona State

6. Florida State

7. Alabama def Southern Miss 12-0

8. Tennessee def Furman 8-0

9. Kentucky def Western Kentucky 11-8

10. Arizona

11. Washington

12. Minnesota

13. Georgia upset by Georgia State 4-2

14. Baylor swept by by Louisiana Lafayette DH 6-2, 7-4

15. Missouri

16. Louisiana Lafayette def Baylor 5-2/DH 7-4

17. Oklahoma def Central Arkansas 8-0 (5)

18. Tulsa

19. Nebraska

20. South Alabama

21. Notre Dame def NC State 3-2/DH NC State 6-2

22. Auburn

23. Texas A&M swept Texas A&M CC/ 12-2/DH 15-0

24. USC Upstate

25. Northwestern def Illinois  6-3/DH 9-0

 

ANALYSES TO 25 GAMES
Oklahoma 8, Central Arkansas 0 (5)
– WP Casey.  OU broke scoreless tie with 6 runs in 3rd.  Pendley grand slam, 35th as a Sooner, 54th in career.
Northwestern 9, Illinois 0
– WP freshman Nicole Bond.  1-hitter.  Bast 3 rbi.
Northwestern 6, Illinois 3
– WP Wood.  Bast 2-run homer.
Tennessee 8-0 (6)
– Vols score 6 WP Tarango in relief.in 6th.
Notre Dame 3, North Carolina State 2
–Simon rbi single bottom 7th.  WP Winter.
North Carolina State 6, Notre Dame 2
–Notre Dame 30-10/10-5

OTHER GAMES
Boise State 5, Utah State 1
Rhode Island 4, Boston U 7
Villanova 4, Seton Hall 3
Siena 3, Sacred Heart 2 (8, Siena 3-1)
James Madison swept Virginia 5-2/DH 3-1
Coastal Carolina def Radford 6-5
Stetson def Central Florida 3-0
St Bonaventure swept by Fordham DH 9-6, 12-0 (5)
George Washington vs Georgetown
LaSalle def UMBC  5-3/DH UMBC 4-0
CS Bakersfield vs Cal Poly
IUPUI def Illinois Chicago 3-1
Wichita State 2, Missouri State 1/DH Missouri State 6-5
New Mexico def by Colorado State 6-0/DH
Fresno State def  San Jose State 8-1/DHSan Jose State 5-3
San Diego State def UNLV 9-0 (6)/DH
Southern Utah 14, Utah 10/DH Utah 12-4
Santa Clara vs Stanford
South Carolina def Georgia Southern 3-1
Louisiana Monroe vs SE Louisiana
Loyola Chicago 4, Indiana State 3
Lafayette swept Rider 6-2, 5-4
Nebraska Omaha swept North Dakota 8-0. 10-0 (both in 5)

 

 

 

4-22-2014 National Players of the Week

APRIL 22 NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE QWWK

 

Florida’s Tofft Named as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week
April 22, 2014

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior third baseman Stephanie Tofft of Florida has been chosen as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for games played over April 14-20.

 

The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Tofft batted .700 (7-for-10) with six runs scored, a double, three HR’s and 10 RBIs as the Gators swept a three-game league road series at then-No. 21 Texas A&M. The Lincoln, Calif., native homered in each of UF’s three match-ups, while extending her hitting streak against league opponents to six games dating back to April 4. She christened her weekend by going 2-for-3 with two tallies, a HR and a pair of RBIs in a 5-1 series-opening win. Tofft followed that up on Saturday by knocking in five runs while posting a 2-for-3 effort with a double and a HR during a 17-4 (5 inn.) rout of the Aggies. She wrapped up her impressive performance by recording a 3-for-4 day at the plate with a HR and three RBIs in Sunday’s 8-0 (6 inn.) finale. For the season Tofft is batting .326 overall with 38 runs scored, 18 extra-base hits, including nine HR’s, and a team-leading 51 RBIs.

 

“It was a team effort,” Tofft said. “Having our pitchers at the top of their game allows me to relax at the plate. They did a great job to hold Texas A&M’s offense in check. Our coaches have worked with me a lot to improve my swing, and I’m seeing the ball very well. I think we’re playing really well as a team right now, and we want to maintain our momentum going into the postseason.”

 

“I want to thank the NFCA for recognizing Stephanie for her performance last week,” Florida head coach Tim Walton said. “Her play was pivotal in our three-game sweep on the road against Texas A&M. Stephanie has really played at a high level this season, and she is an important part of our offense.”

 

Tofft and the Gators return to action on Wed., April 23, when they host USF at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

 

 

Selected Top Performances


Florida State’s Maddie O’Brien, the ACC Player of the Week, batted .857 (6-for-7) with three doubles, two HR’s and seven RBIs over five victories against Pitt and Syracuse while reaching safely in a remarkable 18 straight plate appearances…College of Charleston’s Kelsey Hodgson was tabbed as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week after hitting .800 (8-for-10) with a double, four HR’s and seven RBIs…Harvard’s Laura Ricciardone earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors after going 6-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 29.1 innings…Mississippi State’s Alexis Silkwood earned SEC Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with 23 K’s in 15.1 innings to go along with a shutout against No. 4 Tennessee…Conference USA Player of the Week, Kristin McGrath of UAB, batted .600 (9-for-15) with a double, two HR’s and 11 RBIs as the Blazers went 4-1…Notre Dame’s Micaela Arizmendi hit at an .818 clip with three doubles, a HR and eight RBIs over only 11 plate appearances against Virginia…UNLV’s Emily Haslinger powered her squad offensively by hitting .500 (6-for-12) with four HR’s, including three round trippers and seven RBIs to equal school single-game records during a 10-2 Friday win over New Mexico…USF’s Sara Nevins, the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, led the Bulls to a sweep of then-conference-leading Houston by picking up three wins with a 0.93 ERA while also becoming USF’s all-time wins leader with 93 W’s…Tulsa’s Aimee Creger was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week after recording two wins and a save and posting a 0.38 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 18.2 innings in a sweep at UTSA…The Summit League Player of the Week, Lizzie Noble of Omaha, drove in total 13 runs and also hit at a .615 (8-for-13) clip with 11 of those RBIs during a three-game sweep of South Dakota State…Stetson’s Meredith Owen was 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA and batted .455 with a HR and three RBIs to earn Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week…Baylor’s Jordan Strickland hit at a .556 pace (5-for-9) with four HR’s and 12 RBIs, including a pair of two-HR games, during a three-game series against Oklahoma State…Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Wichita State’s Brittany Fortner, batted .571 (8-for-14) with a 1.357 slugging mark and nine RBIs…Hofstra’s Michaela Transue blasted two doubles, two HR’s (both against LSU), scored four runs and added seven RBIs on the way to reaping CAA Rookie of the Week accolades…Western Michigan’s Allyson Kus earned MAC West Pitcher of the Week after posting a 3-0 record with a 0.39 ERA and a pair of complete games…Nicole Pagano of Mount St. Mary’s registered a 3-0 mark with a 0.33 ERA, 19 strikeouts over 21 innings and managed a no-hitter in a win over LIU Brooklyn.

 

 

 

2014 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week

Feb. 11 – Griffin Joiner – Kentucky – Jr. – C – Hopkinsville, Ky.

Feb. 18 – Bryana Walker – Washington – Sr. – P – La Quinta, Calif.

Feb. 25 – Anna Miller (Co-) – USC Upstate – Sr. – P – Portland, Ore.

Ally Carda (Co-) – UCLA – Jr. – P/UTIL – Elk Grove, Calif.

March 4 – Lacey Waldrop – Florida State – Jr. – P – Chester, Va.

March 11 – Dallas Escobedo – Arizona State – Sr. – P – Glendale, Ariz.

March 18 – Sydney O’Hara – Syracuse – Fr. – P/OF/1B – Cicero, N.Y.

March 25 – Jaclyn Traina (Co-) – Alabama – Sr. – P/UTIL – Naples, Fla.

Sammy Marshall (Co-) – Western Illinois – Jr. – SS/OF – Naperville, Ill.

April 1 – Cheridan Hawkins – Oregon – So. – P – Anderson, Calif.

April 8 – Katiyana Mauga – Arizona – Fr. – 3B – San Diego, Calif.

April 15 – Michelle Mueller – Wisconsin – Sr. – IF – La Crosse, Wis.

April 22 – Stephanie Tofft – Florida – Sr. – 3B – Lincoln, Calif.

 

 

A .455 Batting Average and 0.35 ERA earn Stetson ace Meredith Owen USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors

OKLAHOMA CITY — A 2-0 performance in the circle with a 0.35 ERA coupled with a .455 batting average, a home run and three RBI from its ace pitcher helped Stetson take the series win over Atlantic Sun Conference foe Lipscomb this week. For her efforts, Meredith Owen (Jackson, Miss.) is this week’s USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week. With the pair of wins, Stetson improved to 31-9 on the season, 15-5 in conference play and earned votes in this weeks ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll.

 

“I am so amazed, honored and humbled,” Owen said.  “I owe it all to my amazing team as well as my incredible coaches. We have all worked so hard for this season, and I am just excited to be able to share this honor with them.”

 

On Friday, Owen tossed a six-hit shutout in which she allowed just one runner to reach third base and retired the final seven batters in a row to garner her seventh shutout of the season. As remarkable of a performance as it was, the senior had one of her greatest outings of her career on Saturday.  A scoreless game in the through the fourth inning, Owen connected for a two-run home run to give Stetson a 2-0 lead. Lipscomb would fight back to tie the game and send it to extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th with the Hatters trailing 3-2 and down to their last strike, Owen delivered a game-tying single to center field evening the score.

The game went 13-total innings with Owen going the distance in the circle. With international tiebreak rules in effect, Owen pitched out of second-and-third, no-out situations in both the 11th and 12th innings, and then she worked out of a second-and-third, one-out situation in the 13th without allowing a single to run to score. For the game, she held the Bisons to just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-12 in two-out situations. She threw 157 pitches and allowed just one hit in extra innings, a bunt single.

“It is a tremendous honor to have Meredith selected as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week,” Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said.  “She gave an unbelievable performance in a key conference series for us last weekend both at the plate and in the circle, and the recognition is well-deserved.”

For the week, Owen held the Bisons, one of the top hitting teams in the conference, to a .176 batting average over 20 innings of work. She lowered her ERA to an NCAA-best 0.73, and her 19 wins leads the Atlantic Sun. This is the first USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week honor for Meredith and the first for a Stetson Hatter.

2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 6-9): Kylee Lahners – Washington – Junior – Infielder– Laguna Hills, Calif.

Week 2 (Feb. 10 -16): Aimee Creger – Tulsa – Senior – Pitcher– Yukon, Okla.

Week 3 (Feb. 17-23): Ally Carda – UCLA – Junior – Pitcher – Elk Grove, Calif.

Week 4 (Feb. 24 – March 2): Cheridan Hawkins – Oregon – Sophomore – Anderson, Calif.

Week 5 (March 3-9): Dallas Escobedo – Arizona State – Senior – Pitcher– Glendale, Ariz.

Week 6 (March 10-16): Alex Hugo – Georgia – Sophomore – Infielder – Olathe, Kan.

Week 7 (March 17-23): Jaclyn Traina – Alabama – Senior – Pitcher – Naples, Fla.

Week 8 (March 24 – 30): Ellen Renfroe – Tennessee – Senior – Pitcher – Jackson, Tenn.

Week 9 (March 31 – April 6): Katiyana Mauga – Arizona – Freshman – Outfielder – San Diego, Calif.

Week 10 (April 7 – 13): Michelle Mueller – Wisconsin – Senior – Third Base – LaCrosse, Wis.

Week 11 (April 14 – 20): Meredith Owen – Stetson – Senior – Pitcher – Jackson, Miss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-22-2014 NFCA APRIL 22 POLL

NFCA APRIL 22 POLL
Oregon Remains Unanimous at No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

April 22, 2014

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An unbeaten week that included victories over in-state rival Oregon State and California helped Oregon (40-5) remain the unanimous choice at No. 1 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll.

 

The Ducks reaped all 32 possible first-place votes following an overpowering effort that witnessed UO outscore its league foes by a combined total of 49-6.

 

UCLA (39-4) held steady in the second slot after rolling past Cal State Northridge (8-0 in 5 inn.) and sweeping a three-game set from Oregon State (8-4, 9-1 in 6 inn., 10-8).

 

Three straight road wins at then-No. 21 Texas A&M helped Florida (40-8) jump from fifth to third, while a 1-0 loss to then-No. 12 Minnesota, as part of a 3-1 week, likely proved the culprit as Michigan (36-7) dropped one position to No. 4. Arizona State (39-7) split two hard-fought match-ups versus then-No. 11 Washington (W 3-1, L 2-3 in 10 inn.) to advance a single spot and round out the top five.

 

Florida State (44-6) took advantage of several teams’ missteps in front of them, making the largest positive move in the top 10 by leaping from ninth to No. 6 after rolling through five Atlantic Coast Conference contests against Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

 

Despite suffering a 6-2 mid-week loss to nationally ranked archrival Auburn, Alabama (39-8) utilized wins over Georgia Southern and North Carolina to hold firm at seventh. A series defeat to a suddenly red-hot Mississippi State squad caused Tennessee (36-8) to plummet four spots to eighth. After going 2-1 against Arkansas, Kentucky (38-9) dropped a single position to No. 9, while idle Arizona (34-9) remained 10th.

 

With no exits from this week’s rankings, Mississippi State came the closest to cracking the poll with 31 total points. DePaul, LSU, USF, James Madison, Houston, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, IPFW and Long Beach State rounded out the list of “Others Receiving Votes.”

 

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Current 2014 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll – Week 11 – April 22, 2014

 

Rank

Team

2014 Record

Totals

Last Poll Rank

1

Oregon (32)

40-5

800

1

2

UCLA

39-4

768

2

3

Florida

40-8

713

5

4

Michigan

36-7

709

3

5

Arizona State

39-7

646

6

6

Florida State

44-6

633

9

7

Alabama

39-8

603

7

8

Tennessee

36-8

599

4

9

Kentucky

38-9

537

8

10

Arizona

34-9

507

10

11

Washington

25-12

472

11

12

Minnesota

33-8

411

12

13

Georgia

38-9

383

15

14

Baylor

32-10

364

14

15

Missouri

35-12

339

13

16

Louisiana Lafayette

33-7-1

324

17

17

Oklahoma

34-10

315

16

18

Tulsa

41-5

303

18

19

Nebraska

33-13

213

20

20

South Alabama

34-9

189

19

21

Notre Dame

29-9

159

22

22

Auburn

33-14-1

105

23

23

Texas A&M

29-17

95

21

24

USC Upstate

40-5

77

24

25

Northwestern

27-11

55

25

 

Dropped Out:  None

 

Others Receiving Votes:  Mississippi State (31), DePaul (23), LSU (8), USF (6), James Madison (5), Houston (2), Virginia Tech (2), Wisconsin (2), IPFW (1), Long Beach State (1).

 

 

 

4-22-2014 April 22 USA Softball Poll

APRIL 22 USA SOFTBALL POLL
Offensive-fueled weekend keeps Pac-12 squads atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — A perfect 4-0 record, including three run-rule victories, and the Oregon Ducks (40-5, 14-1 Pac-12) maintain their unanimous No. 1 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.  All 20 first-place votes were awarded to the Ducks, who continued their dominance in the Pac-12 Conference after outscoring opponents 49-6 in four games.

 

Oregon started their week with an 18-0 (five inning) win over in-state rival Oregon State, concluding a three-game series against the Beavers.  The Ducks then returned home to face-off against California where they would earn their second-consecutive Pac-12 series sweep after posting 9-1 (six inning), 15-3 (five inning) and 7-2 wins over the Golden Bears.

 

No. 2 UCLA (39-4, 12-3 Pac-12) also produced a 4-0 record over the week with a standalone 8-0 (five inning) win over Cal State Northridge before sweeping Oregon State.  The Bruins took game one of the series 8-4, captured a 9-1 (six inning) run-rule in game two and finished with a 10-8 win in game three.  Michigan (36-7, 14-1 Big 10) stays at No. 3 this week after posting two wins over Big 10 rival No. 13 Minnesota (33-8, 11-5 Big 10).  The Wolverines lost game one of the series 1-0 but rebounded with a 3-1 win in their next matchup before capturing the series with a 7-2 win over the Gophers.  Michigan also took an 11-0 (five inning) standalone game over Central Michigan earlier in the week.

 

Moving up one spot is No. 4 Arizona State (39-7, 12-3 Pac-12) who split two games against No. 11 Washington (25-12, 5-8 Pac-12).  The Sun Devils kicked off the series with a 3-1 win before falling to the Huskies 3-2 (10 inning) after Hooch Fagaly (Chino, Calif.) hit a walk-off home run to clinch the upset.  Inclement weather canceled the third and final game of the series between the two teams.  Jumping two spots to rejoin the Top 5 this week is Florida (40-8, 11-7 SEC) who swept then-No. 22 Texas A&M (29-17, 9-12 SEC), including two wins via run-rule, and earned Head Coach Tim Walton his 600th career win.  Florida combined for 30 runs while holding the Aggies to just five and earned their first sweep on the road since Week 8 of the 2013 season.

 

No. 6 Florida State (44-6, 21-3 ACC) put up great numbers over the week as they recorded five victories over Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponents Pittsburgh and Syracuse while Alabama (39-8, 15-3 SEC) fell one spot to No. 7 after suffering a loss to then-No. 23 Auburn (33-14-1, 7-11 SEC).  No. 8 Tennessee (36-8, 12-6 SEC) fell four spots this week after dropping two to Mississippi State while Arizona (34-9, 9-6 Pac-12) holds onto the No. 9 spot after taking a week off.  Rounding out the Top 10 is Kentucky (38-9, 12-6 SEC) who took two-of-three games from Arkansas.

 

Despite some shifting in the Top 10, there was not a lot of movement in the remainder of the Top 25 Poll this week.  The No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners (34-10, 11-2 Big 12) strengthened their hold on the Big 12 title after posting two wins against their Red River rivals Texas.  Sooners pitching ace Kelsey Stevens (Albuquerque, N.M.) appeared in all three matchups and gave her team a three-game cushion over the Longhorns in conference play.  No. 15 Tulsa (41-5, 15-2 Conference USA) moved up one spot this week after posting a sweep against UT-San Antonio.  The Golden Hurricane took game one 4-0 before capturing a close 12-11 win over the Roadrunners.  Game three would prove to be just as dramatic as Tulsa clinched a 2-1 (11 inning) win to complete the series sweep.

 

No. 19 Nebraska (33-13, 11-4 Big 10) and No. 21 Notre Dame (29-9, 9-4 ACC) also put up notable performances in conference action this week.  The Huskers swept Ohio State at home, outscoring the Buckeyes 30-1 in three run-rule victories.  Notre Dame was also flawless over the week, producing a 4-0 record, including three games via run-rule.  The Fighting Irish picked up a 17-2 (five inning) win over Toledo before sweeping Virginia 8-0 (five inning), 12-1 (five inning) and 15-8.

 

The Road to Oklahoma City continues as teams compete in their final two weeks of regular season play before heading into Conference Championship Tournaments.  The Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC) continue to lead the Top 10 with four teams each while the Big 10 and ACC each have one representative.

 

The 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.

 2014 Season – Week 11 – April 22, 2014
Click here to view poll in a Word Document

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

Oregon (20)

40-5

500

1

2.

UCLA

39-4

480

2

3.

Michigan

36-7

445

3

4.

Arizona State

39-7

428

5

5.

Florida

40-8

419

7

6.

Florida State

44-6

386

8

7.

Alabama

39-8

384

6

8.

Tennessee

36-8

383

4

9.

Arizona

34-9

345

9

10.

Kentucky

38-9

308

10

11.

Washington

25-12

299

11

12.

Oklahoma

34-10

270

12

13.

Minnesota

33-8

241

13

14.

Baylor

32-10

223

14

15.

Tulsa

41-5

206

16

16.

Louisiana-Lafayette

33-7-1

204

17

17.

Missouri

35-12

202

15

18.

Georgia

38-9

180

18

19.

Nebraska

33-13

146

19

20.

South Alabama

34-9

104

20

21.

Notre Dame

29-9

100

21

22.

Auburn

33-14-1

63

23

23.

Texas A&M

29-17

46

22

24.

LSU

27-20

41

24

25.

USC Upstate

40-5

39

25

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

New to Poll: None

Others receiving votes: Northwestern (20), Mississippi State (8), South Florida (7), North Carolina State (4), DePaul (4), Houston (4), Texas (4), Stetson (3), Wisconsin (2), Virginia Tech (1), Purdue (1)