3-25-2014 UCLA Retains Lead in USA Softball Poll

Three teams claim stake on top spot as UCLA remains No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — A strong showing in Pac-12 play keeps the UCLA Bruins (27-2, 4-1 Pac-12) as the No. 1 team in the country the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Bruins received 16 first-place votes in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, while Tennessee (28-3, 5-1 SEC) garnered three and Oregon (25-3, 2-0 Pac-12) collected one vote for the first time

 

UCLA started the week with a 2-0, Pac-12 Conference win over No. 9 Arizona before heading to Seattle, Wash. to take on the then-No. 6 Washington Huskies.  UCLA took game one of the series with a 4-2 win, but suffered their second loss in conference play with a 10-2 (five inning) loss at the hands of the Huskies.

 

A series sweep against Southeastern Conference (SEC) foes South Carolina was enough to propel No. 2 Tennessee up one spot in this week’s poll.  The Lady Vols took on Middle Tennessee State for a standalone, 9-8 win before facing off against the Gamecocks at home.  Tennessee took game one of the series with an 11-2 (five inning) run-rule victory before 5-4 and 6-5 decisions secured the sweep.

 

The No. 3 Oregon Ducks earned their highest spot on the poll this week following a 2-0 performance against Utah.  The Ducks battled to collect an 8-7 win over the Utes in game one and followed with a 12-7 showing to ensure the series win.  Florida (30-4, 5-4 SEC) fell two spots this week after a 1-2 performance against then-No. 7 Alabama.  An 8-2 win over Central Connecticut State opened the week for the Gators before they took on the Crimson Tide where they fell 4-2 in the series opener.  Florida bounced back with a 7-1 win before falling 7-0 to the Crimson Tide, who secured its first series win over Florida in Gainesville since 2005 .   Following the series win and a standalone victory over Georgia State, Alabama (27-5, 8-1 SEC) rose two spots in this week poll to No. 5.

 

Rounding out the Top 10: Michigan (22-6, 3-0 Big 10) fell one spot to No. 6 despite a perfect 3-0 performance in their Big 10 Conference opener against Indiana; Washington (21-6, 2-2 Pac-12) fell to the No. 7 spot after a 1-1 showing against UCLA; No. 8 Arizona State (29-5, 3-2 Pac-12) maintains their spot this week after picking up two wins over No. 23 Stanford; No. 9 Arizona (27-6, 2-3 Pac-12) fell 2-0 to UCLA, picked up two wins over UNLV and collected two Pac-12 Conference wins over Oregon State; No. 10 Kentucky (27-5, 4-2 SEC) put up a 6-1 week as host of the Kentucky Tournament with their sole loss coming at the hands of Kansas.

 

The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching representatives from 10 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball Regions as well as members of National and Local media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country.

 2014 Season – Week 7 – March 25, 2014

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Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

UCLA (16)

27-2

490

1

2.

Tennessee (3)

28-3

473

3

3.

Oregon (1)

25-3

441

4

4.

Florida

30-4

431

2

5.

Alabama

27-5

422

7

6.

Michigan

22-6

403

5

7.

Washington

21-6

383

6

8.

Arizona State

29-5

351

8

9.

Arizona

27-6

344

9

10.

Kentucky

27-5

324

10

11.

Florida State

30-4

321

11

12.

Baylor

23-5

261

12

13.

South Alabama

25-3

259

13

14.

Georgia

28-3

252

14

15.

Minnesota

24-4

198

19

16.

Oklahoma

21-8

184

16

17.

Tulsa

28-3

171

17

18.

Nebraska

20-10

160

15

19.

Missouri

22-7

138

20

20.

Texas A&M

23-9

130

18

21.

Auburn

28-5-1

104

21

22.

Louisiana-Lafayette

22-6-1

100

22

23.

Stanford

23-10

32

23

24.

Notre Dame

19-7

30

24

25.

South Florida

29-8

29

25

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: None

Others receiving votes: Northwestern (19), James Madison (16), USC Upstate (14), LSU (8), North Carolina State (8), San Diego State (2), California (1), DePaul (1), Lipscomb (1)

 

 

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