3-22-2011 Crimson Tide #1 in USA Softball Poll

FOR  IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2011

Alabama Regains No. 1 Ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll  

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. –  The top two teams in the nation squared off over the weekend with then-No. 2 Alabama sweeping then-No.1 Georgia in three games, leading Alabama (29-1, 5-0 SEC) to the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. Alabama was the top ranked team in week three and has been the runner-up in three of the remaining five polls this season.

Along with the 3-0 sweep, Alabama beat then-No. 24 Auburn, (6-1, 8-2), for an undefeated 5-0 SEC weekend. Georgia (23-4, 5-3 SEC) fell three spots to No. 4 after a 2-3 week which included a 2-0 record over South Carolina.

With a 4-0 record on the week, No.2 Florida (29-1, 6-0 SEC) advanced one spot after continuing SEC play with an undefeated record, with two wins against Mississippi State and two wins against Mississippi. Florida received four first-place votes to Alabama’s 16.

No. 3 Michigan (29-2) crept into the top three after a 4-1 weekend which included two wins over ranked opponents, then-No. 5 Arizona State, 1-0, and then-No. 7 Arizona, 8-0.

Washington (23-2) suffered its first loss of the season against then-No.14 Texas (24-3) and would go on to record a 4-2 weekend with its other loss to then-No.8 Oklahoma (26-7).  Texas advanced four spots to crack the top 10 with a 6-0 record which included a perfect game against previously unbeaten Washington.

No.25 Hawaii (22-9) made the biggest fall, five spots, after posting a losing 2-4 record. For the first time all season, the Top 25 teams in the nation stayed the same.

The Pac-10 Conference has the most teams in the Top 10 with four followed closely by the SEC’s three. The Big 12 has two teams in the top ten while Michigan (29-2) from the Big Ten holds the remaining spot.
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

March 22 – March 14-20, 2011 – Week Six

Rank Team Record Points Previous Ranking
1. Alabama (16) 29-1 496 2
2. Florida (4) 29-1 482 3
3. Michigan 29-2 444 6
4. Georgia 23-4 434 1
5. Arizona State 30-2 431 5
6. Washington 23-2 385 4
7. Oklahoma 26-7 351 8
8. California 21-3 342 9
9. Arizona 26-6 337 7
10. Texas 24-3 308 14
11. Tennessee 23-4 296 T11
12. Stanford 17-3 292 10
T13. Missouri 22-3 273 13
T13. UCLA 20-5 273 T11
15. Baylor 24-4 204 15
16. Oregon 22-4 201 16
17. Oklahoma State 25-6 175 18
18. Nebraska 24-3 174 17
19. Texas Tech 35-1 119 22
20. ULL 17-10 105 19
21. Texas A&M 26-7 91 23
22. Auburn 25-4 81 24
23. Kentucky 19-6 59 21
24. LSU 17-12 39 25
25. Hawaii 22-9 32 20

 

Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: None

New to Poll: None

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