4-19-2011 ESPN Poll Ranks Michigan #1

Michigan ousts Arizona State from top of ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — Michigan is the No. 1 team in collegiate softball for the first time this season. The Wolverines (39-3, 7-1 Big Ten) finished five points ahead of Arizona State, last week’s No. 1 team, in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll released today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America.

Michigan is the first team from the Big Ten Conference to hold the coveted No. 1 spot in 2011, an honor only held by Pacific-10 (Pac-10) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools this season. Teams that previously held the No. 1 spot this season are Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Georgia and UCLA.

Michigan defeated Western Michigan 6-1, Central Michigan 3-0 and Illinois 8-6 and 9-7 in Week 10, earning the Maize and Blue eight No. 1 votes for the second consecutive week. Arizona State (39-5, 6-3 Pac-10) claimed the most first-place votes, 11, but it was not enough for the Sun Devils to remain on top after a 4-1 loss to then-No. 11 UCLA.

Alabama (41-5, 15-4 SEC) remained at No. 3. Georgia (39-6, 14-5 SEC), claiming one first-place vote, tied with Tennessee (38-6, 15-4 SEC) at No. 4. Georgia moved up a spot from last week while Tennessee jumped two spots, entering the Top 5 for the first time in 2011.

Texas (37-4, 9-0 Big 12) dropped from fourth to No. 6 with a 1-0 loss to Stephen F. Austin. Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 7 Arizona (36-8, 7-2 Pac-10), No. 8 Missouri (33-5, 9-1 Big 12), No. 9 Florida (37-7, 13-6 SEC) and No. 10 Washington (30-6, 5-4 Pac-10). Missouri improved a spot by outlasting then-No. 14 Oklahoma (33-13, 6-5 Big 12) in two extra inning contests. Washington dropped two spots with 13-5 (five) and 6-1 losses to Arizona.

LSU (26-15, 8-9 SEC) had one of the biggest drops of the season, falling from No. 19 to No. 24 after a sweep from Tennessee. Last week’s No. 25 Auburn (32-13, 11-9 SEC) dropped out after losing three to Florida, making way for Fresno State (26-11, 10-2 WAC) to enter the poll at the No 25 spot.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

April 19 – April 11-17, 2011 – Week 10

Rank Team Record Points Previous Ranking
1. Michigan (8) 39-3 476 2
2. Arizona State (11) 39-5 471 1
3. Alabama 41-5 460 3
T4. Georgia (1) 39-6 429 5
T4. Tennessee 38-6 429 6
6. Texas 37-4 410 4
7. Arizona 36-8 379 7
8. Missouri 33-5 363 9
9. Florida 37-7 338 10
10. Washington 30-6 328 8
11. Stanford 30-8 291 12
12. California 28-8 287 13
13. UCLA 29-9 256 11
14. Baylor 34-8 227 T15
15. Oklahoma 33-13 222 14
16. Kentucky 31-10 183 18
17. ULL 36-6 149 20
18. Nebraska 31-8 130 T15
19. Oregon 30-11 128 17
20. Oklahoma State 34-10 126 21
21. Texas A&M 32-11 114 23
22. Georgia Tech 37-8 104 22
23. Notre Dame 31-8 79 24
24. LSU 26-15 64 19
25. Fresno State 26-11 11 RV

 

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out:  Auburn
New to Poll: Fresno State

 

Others receiving votes:  Auburn (10), Texas Tech (10), Indiana (8), Houston (6), BYU (4), Maryland (3), Tulsa (2), Louisville (1), NMSU (1) and San Diego State (1)

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