3-13-2012 ESPN USA Softball Poll

March 13 ESPN USA Softball Poll

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2012

California still reigns supreme in ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — Five weeks of NCAA Division I softball have yet to produce a shake up at the top of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that California (21-0), with 15 first place votes, and Alabama (21-0, 3-0 SEC), with five No. 1 votes, are still ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, the same spots that the teams have held since the Week 1 poll was released Feb. 14.

The Golden Bears held their first home game last week, run-ruling UC Davis 11-3 in six innings. Cal then traveled to Fresno, Calif., for the Bayer Crop Science Classic, a tournament that produced a 4-0 record for the Bears. The team topped San Diego State 12-0 (5), Butler 14-1 (5), Purdue 9-1 (6) and Fresno State 8-5 to preserve the top ranking in the poll. This week, Cal travels to the Hawaii Spring Fling tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, where No. 6 Texas, undefeated No. T19 Hawaii and No. 21 Texas A&M (16-7) are scheduled opponents. Cal opens Pacific 12 (Pac-12) Conference play on March 23 at No. T9 Stanford.

Following a 7-3 performance against Samford, the Crimson Tide traveled to Lexington, Ky., for the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference (SEC) play. Alabama topped Kentucky 3-1 in nine innings Friday but run-ruled the Wildcats in the next two games, taking 9-1 (5) and 12-2 (6) victories back to Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide face No. 14 Oregon (18-3) and Portland State on the road this week before hosting a home stand with conference foe Ole Miss, a team that is 2-0 in the SEC after wins on the road against Arkansas.

Ranked No. 3 for the third consecutive week, Washington (23-1) takes the road this week for the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., with No. 7 Oklahoma among the opponents. The Huskies hosted the Husky Softball Classic last week, beating Seattle University 8-0 (6) and North Dakota 4-0 Saturday before beating North Dakota 12-4 (5) and Seattle 4-0 again Sunday. Washington begins Pac-12 play with Utah at home March 23-25 then travels to Berkeley, Calif., for a three game stand with Cal March 30-April 1.

Florida (23-2, 4-1 SEC) and Arizona State (25-2) also maintained their fourth and fifth place rankings. The Gators opened their conference season with a mid-week appearance in Starkville, Miss., topping Mississippi State 1-0 and 8-5, then traveled to then-No. 9 Tennessee. Florida lost the first game 1-0 but came back for 5-2 and 1-0 wins over the Lady Vols, now ranked No. T9. While Florida was on the road, the Sun Devils were in Tempe, Ariz., hosting Creighton and then the Diamond Devil Invitational en route to a 5-0 performance. Arizona State travels to the Judi Garman for games against BYU, No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette, Fresno State, No. T19 Michigan and Notre Dame before hosting No. 13 Arizona in the Pac-12 opener March 23-25.

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Texas (19-1, 2-0 Big 12), which had two wins over Texas Tech; No. 7 Oklahoma (20-3), which had a win over Austin Peay, two wins over Wichita State and three wins over Indiana; No. 8 Georgia (21-3, 2-1 SEC), which had a win over Furman and went 2-1 against Mississippi State; No. T9 Stanford (25-3), which had wins over St. Mary’s, James Madison, Colorado State and two over Ole Miss; and No. T9 Tennessee (15-5, 1-2 SEC), which went 1-2 against Florida.

Although undefeated after two wins against Houston and three versus North Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette (22-0, 3-0 Sun Belt) is No. 11. Other undefeated teams include No. 15 Louisville (18-0) and No. T19 Hawaii (21-0).

New Mexico (17-3) and DePaul (14-5) enter the Top 25 for the first time this season, taking the final two slots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll. Tied for No. 23 last week, both North Carolina (17-7) and Syracuse (12-8) are unranked this week, following two losses each in Week 5.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

March 13, 2012 — Week 5 (March 5 – 11, 2012)

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

California (15)

21-0

495

1

2.

Alabama (5)

21-0

485

2

3.

Washington

23-1

454

3

4.

Florida

23-2

431

4

5.

Arizona State

25-2

426

5

6.

Texas

19-1

400

6

7.

Oklahoma

20-3

377

8

8.

Georgia

21-3

353

7

T9.

Tennessee

15-5

320

9

T9.

Stanford

25-3

320

10

11.

Louisiana-Lafayette

22-0

306

11

12.

Missouri

16-3

290

12

13.

Arizona

16-4

254

13

14.

Oregon

18-3

234

15

15.

Louisville

18-0

218

17

T16.

Baylor

16-5

186

16

T16.

UCLA

20-6

186

18

18.

Auburn

21-3

151

T19

T19.

Hawaii

21-0

142

T19

T19.

Michigan

16-7

142

14

21.

Texas A&M

16-7

100

21

22.

Florida State

20-3

73

22

23.

South Florida

19-4

58

25

24.

New Mexico

17-3

34

RV

25.

DePaul

14-5

23

RV

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: North Carolina (T23); Syracuse (T23)
New to Poll: New Mexico (RV); DePaul (RV)

Others receiving votes: North Carolina (14); Syracuse (9); Oregon State (8); Virginia (4); Kansas (3); Mississippi State (2); Georgia Tech (1); Kentucky (1)

 

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