4-10-2012 Cal Unanimous in ESPN USA Softball Poll

APRIL 10 ESPN POLL

 

Cal remains unanimous leader in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY – California (36-1, 9-0 Pac-12), with 20 first-place votes, remains the top team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. For the second-consecutive week, the Golden Bears swept the No. 1 votes following a series sweep of Pac-12 opponents Utah. Cal outscored the Utes 33-6, recording a third-straight series sweep of a Pac-12 rival this season.

Alabama (37-2, 14-2 SEC) held on to the No. 2 spot after a 2-1 weekend, which included a 3-2 loss to No. 21 LSU (29-10, 11-3 SEC). Arizona State (35-4, 7-1 Pac-12) jumped two spots to No. 3 after going 3-0 against then-No. 12 UCLA (25-10, 2-4 Pac-12). The Sun Devils defeated the Bruins 9-1 (6), 9-1 (5) and 4-2, marking the second time in the series history that the Sun Devils have swept UCLA. With the sweep, UCLA suffered the biggest fall this week, dropping five spots to No. 17. Sitting at No. 4 this week is Florida (35-4, 15-2 SEC) which bounced back from a season-low rank at No. 6. The Gators posted a 4-0 record last week, including a 9-1 (6) victory over No. 22 Florida State (35-8, 10-2 ACC).

No. 5 Texas (32-4, 7-2 Big 12) dropped two spots after a 1-2 weekend against now-No. 9 Missouri (30-6, 9-3 Big 12). With the series win, the Tigers earned a coveted Top 10 spot for the first time since the Feb. 14th poll. With only one point separating them, No. 6 Oklahoma (32-5, 8-2 Big 12) and No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette (33-1, 8-1 Sun Belt) rose one spot apiece, while Washington (33-6, 4-5 Pac-12) dropped in the polls this week to No. 8 after suffering a 2-0 defeat and 5-3 loss to then-No. 16 Arizona (25-10, 4-5 Pac-12). Rounding out the Top 10 is No. 10 Tennessee (31-9, 13-6 SEC) which went 1-1 with then-No. 10 Georgia (30-8, 9-5 SEC) and 3-0 with Auburn.
South Florida (36-5, 9-0 Big East) continued to climb the Top 25 poll, rising two spots to No. 16. The Bulls remain perfect in Big East play following a 5-2, 9-1 and 6-0 series sweep of St. John’s. Previously No. 13, Stanford (28-10, 2-7 Pac-12) dropped two games to No. 15 Oregon (25-8, 4-4 Pac-12), and fell to a season-low No. 18 ranking while the Ducks climbed two spots from No. 17.

The Top 25 teams remained the same this week, with the Pac-12 represented by eight teams, three of which are in the Top 10. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big 12 have five teams apiece while the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Big East have two teams each. Not to be forgotten are the Sun Belt, Big 10 and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), who are represented by one team each in the Top 25.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

April 10, 2012 — Week 9 (April 2 – 8, 2012)

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

California (20)

36-1

500

1

2.

Alabama

37-2

474

2

3.

Arizona State

35-4

462

5

4.

Florida

35-4

433

6

5.

Texas

32-4

384

3

6.

Oklahoma

32-5

379

7

7.

Louisiana-Lafayette

33-1

378

8

8.

Washington

33-6

366

4

9.

Missouri

30-6

359

11

10.

Tennessee

31-9

343

9

11.

Georgia

30-8

311

10

12.

Louisville

33-2

275

13

13.

Arizona

25-10

251

16

14.

Texas A&M

27-11

209

14

15.

Oregon

25-8

202

17

16.

South Florida

36-5

196

18

17.

UCLA

25-10

190

12

18.

Stanford

28-10

183

15

19.

Hawaii

32-4

145

19

20.

Michigan

27-10

132

20

21.

LSU

29-10

112

21

22.

Florida State

35-8

77

22

23.

Oregon State

26-10

41

23

24.

North Carolina

27-10

39

24

25.

Baylor

26-13

20

25

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: None
New to Poll: None

Others receiving votes: Auburn (9); Syracuse (8); Tulsa (8); DePaul (4); North Carolina State (3); Oklahoma State (3); Nebraska (2); Central Florida (1); Georgia Tech (1)

 

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