4-1-2014 April 1 USA Softball Poll

USA SOFTBALL POLL April 1, 2014

Following unblemished week UCLA remains No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

OKLAHOMA CITY — A 6-0 week that included a Pac-12 sweep of Utah helped the UCLA Bruins (33-2, 8-1 Pac-12) remain atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 for the third straight week the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Bruins received 16 first-place votes, while Tennessee (31-3 had 4.

UCLA started the week by defeating then No. 7 Washington 4-0 on Monday to close out the conference series with a win. The Bruins hosted UC Santa Barbara for a midweek doubleheader and came away with 5-1 and 9-1 (five innings) wins before heading into a weekend series with Utah. In game one of the series, UCLA run ruled the Utes 8-0 (five innings) on Friday and followed it with a 13-3, six-inning run rule on Saturday. In Sunday’s third and final game, the Bruins completed the sweep by beating Utah 4-1.

In the most highly anticipated series of the weekend, the Tennessee Lady Vols swept then-No. 4 Florida 9-2, 7-6 and 5-2 to retain their No. 2 ranking in the Top 25 poll. The Lady Vols were led by Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Week Ellen Renfroe (Jackson, Tenn.) who recorded all 3-0 wins and struck out 20 Gators in just 16 innings in the circle. Tennessee will next travel to Baton Rouge, La. for a three-game series with LSU. Despite splitting a midweek doubleheader with an 8-0 (five inning) win over Southern Utah and a 5-6 loss to BYU,  the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (30-4, 6-0 Pac-12) remained undefeated in Pac-12 play this week. Oregon run ruled Utah 14-3 (five innings) to close out a series on Monday and then swept then-No. 7 Washington 8-0 (five innings), 4-0 and 4-3 over the weekend. The Ducks will host UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday before welcoming top-ranked UCLA to Eugene for a three-game series this weekend.

Following a standalone victory over Jacksonville State on Tuesday, Alabama (30-5, 11-1 SEC) swept LSU over the weekend 9-1 (six innings), 2-1 and 5-1 to notch their highest ranking in the poll this season coming in at No. 4. Currently the top ranked team in the SEC, the Crimson Tide now turn their sights towards a midweek matchup with No. 11 South Alabama before hosting SEC foe Arkansas in a three-game series this weekend.

Michigan (25-6, 6-0 Big 10) climbed back into the top five following a three-game sweep of Penn State in which the they outscored the Nittany Lions by a combined 40-4. In game one of a Saturday doubleheader, Michigan’s Haylie Wagner (Oregon, Calif.) pitched a one hitter to lead her team to a 6-0 win. In the second game of the day, Michigan’s hitters combined for a .516 batting average as they cruised to a 22-0, five inning run rule. In the third and final game of the series Wagner allowed four runs on three hits but the Michigan bats kept this one from being close as the Wolverines went on to win 12-4 in five innings.

Rounding out the Top 10: Arizona State (32-6, 6-3 Pac-12) jumped two spots to No. 6 following a 3-1 performance in their Pac-12 Conference series against then-No. 23 Stanford and then-No. 9 Arizona; No. 7 Florida (31-7, 5-7 SEC) fell out of the Top Five for the first time this season after being swept by Tennessee; No. 8 Florida State (33-4, 11-3 ACC) records their highest ranking of the 2014 season following a 3-0 week that included an 8-0 (six inning) win over Florida A&M as well as 6-0 and 5-3 wins at North Carolina; falling two spots to No. 9 Washington (21-10, 2-6 Pac-12) suffered a 0-4 loss to No. 1 UCLA on Monday and was swept by No. 3 Oregon over the weekend; No. 10 Arizona (28-9, 4-5 Pac-12) went 2-2 on the week by defeating Oregon State 14-1 (five innings) to close out a series on Monday and taking one-of-three from then No. 8 Arizona State in a series over the weekend.

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.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

2014 Season – Week 8 – April 1, 2014

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Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

UCLA (16)

33-2

493

1

2.

Tennessee (4)

31-3

481

2

3.

Oregon

30-4

451

3

4.

Alabama

30-5

441

5

5.

Michigan

25-6

414

6

6.

Arizona State

32-6

389

8

7.

Florida

31-7

378

4

8.

Florida State

33-4

360

11

9.

Washington

21-10

331

7

10.

Arizona

29-8

328

9

11.

South Alabama

29-3

297

13

12.

Kentucky

28-7

265

10

13.

Baylor

27-6

259

12

14.

Minnesota

27-4

241

15

15.

Oklahoma

24-8

192

16

16.

Tulsa

32-3

191

17

17.

Georgia

30-5

184

14

18.

Missouri

25-9

166

19

19.

Auburn

31-6-1

150

21

20.

Nebraska

23-11

148

18

21.

Texas A&M

25-10

103

20

22.

Louisiana-Lafayette

35-6-1

97

22

23.

Notre Dame

20-7

35

24

24.

Stanford

24-11

31

23

25.

South Florida

29-8

25

25

Parenthesis denotes first place votes. Dropped Out: None Others receiving votes: USC Upstate (24), Northwestern (11), NC State (5), San Diego State (3), Houston (3), Cal State Fullerton (1), California (1), Virginia Tech (1), Stetson (1)

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