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
Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.
Dropped Out: None
New to Poll: None