3-5-2013 Oklahoma Holds Edge in USA Softball Poll

March 5 USA Softball ESPN Poll

 

Posted: 3/5/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Despite suffering its first loss of the season, the Oklahoma Sooners narrowly remain No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll after four weeks of action, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.  The Sooners (18-1) received 10 first place votes after going 3-1 over the weekend.  They suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to the then-No. 25 Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 1-0 defeat in Norman.
Just two-points behind also earning 10 first place votes, the defending National Champions Alabama (22-0) were perfect with a 6-0 record including four run-rule victories as they hosted the Easton Classic in Tuscaloosa.  The Sun Devils of Arizona State (21-1) stayed strong at No. 3 for the fourth consecutive week even after suffering a 6-2 defeat and season first loss at the hands of a now-No. 17 Baylor.

The Florida Gators (22-1) held strong at No. 4 this week with a 3-1 mid-week win over South Florida and then five more wins at the University of Florida tournament they hosted in Gainesville.   Maintaining their place at No. 5 is the Texas A&M Aggies (22-1), despite suffering their first loss of the season to No. 14 Michigan.

At No. 6 is the California Golden Bears (15-2) who outscored opponents 27-7 at the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, Calif.   2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) top eight finalist the Oregon Ducks (19-3) jumped ahead to No. 8 this week from No. 12 after an impressive six-win weekend at the Citrus Classic.  The Ducks scored 10 or more runs in four of its games and garnered two ranked wins over a then-No. 11 LSU (10-2 in 6 innings) and Michigan (12-1 win).

No. 11 Texas (19-3) dropped three spots this week after recording a 3-2 record at the Citrus Classic with losses to Hofstra and Fordham.  The Louisville Cardinals (16-3) moved ahead three places to No. 13 with four wins and one loss, including two run-rule victories. No. 15 Kentucky (16-3) moved up two notches with five wins at the Under Armour Invitational in Tampa, Fla. while a now-No. 18 Louisiana Lafayette (15-5) saw the week’s largest move dropping from No. 13.  The Ragin Cajuns played in the Citrus Classic and suffered three losses to Texas A&M, Texas, and Illinois State respectively.

Rounding out the poll at No. 25 is North Carolina (15-6) who makes its first appearance of the year going 5-1 over the week including a 3-0 blank over Baylor at the Wilson/DeMarini tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Previously ranked No. 24 Georgia dropped out of this week’s poll.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

2013 Season – Week 4 – March 5, 2013

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

Oklahoma (10)

18-1

489

1

2.

Alabama (10)

22-0

487

2

3.

Arizona State

21-1

445

3

4.

Florida

22-1

439

4

5.

Texas A&M

22-1

406

5

6.

California

15-2

404

7

7.

Missouri

9-1

365

6

8.

Oregon

19-3

343

12

9.

UCLA

18-2

332

10

10.

Tennessee

19-3

328

9

11.

Texas

19-3

312

8

12.

LSU

17-4

270

11

13.

Louisville

16-3

237

16

14.

Michigan

13-5

231

14

15.

Kentucky

16-3

224

17

16.

Washington

14-5

176

18

17.

Baylor

19-3

168

20

18.

Louisiana-Lafayette

15-5

164

13

19.

Stanford

17-5

163

15

20.

Arizona

15-5

121

21

21.

Tulsa

15-5

97

19

22.

Nebraska

14-5

92

25

23.

Virginia Tech

12-1

57

23

24.

Hawaii

12-6

43

22

25.

North Carolina

15-6

38

RV

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: Georgia
New to Poll: North Carolina

Others receiving votes: Iowa (18), Georgia (13), Oregon State (12), South Alabama (10), Notre Dame (4), Mississippi State (4), SC Upstate (3), Florida State (2), South Florida (2), Long Beach State (1)

 

 

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