4-2-2013 Sooners Continue Atop ESPN Poll

APRIL 2ND ESPN POLL

Top teams hold steady in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — With a 26-4 overall record this week, the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 10 teams remain the same in this week’s poll the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. Collecting 18 first-place votes, the Oklahoma Sooners (30-2) extend their streak at No. 1 to eight straight weeks following a pair of wins over Wichita State.

 

The Sooners visited Wichita State on Wednesday and outscored the home team 23-2 in doubleheader action. In game one, Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) picked up the 7-1 win as she threw seven complete innings allowing just one run on two hits. In game two the Sooners completed the sweep as they scored ten runs in the first two innings on their way to a 16-1 victory.

 

Arizona State (34-3, 5-1 Pac-12), who received one first-place vote this week, picked up three conference wins against Oregon State over the weekend to maintain their No. 2 ranking. The Sun Devils took game one 5-4 over the Beavers on Friday and followed it with a 5-1 win on Saturday and an 11-0 (5) run-rule on Sunday.

 

Following a 7-3 win over Florida State on Wednesday, the No. 3 Florida Gators (35-3, 10-2 SEC) traveled to Oxford, Miss, for a three-game Southeastern Conference (SEC) series over the weekend. Florida topped Ole Miss 4-1 Friday and picked up two more wins on Sunday (8-0, 8-7). The Gators will next face Central Florida at home April 3 before hosting Mississippi State in a three-game series, April 5-7.

 

California (27-3, 3-0 Pac-12) and Tennessee (29-6, 6-3 SEC) also maintained their fourth and fifth place rankings. The Golden Bears, who collected one first-place vote, competed in just one game over the week, defeating Sacramento State 1-0 on the road. The Lady Vols began their week by defeating Eastern Kentucky 8-0 in five innings on Wednesday before traveling to Lexington, Ky. for a matchup with then-No. 20 Kentucky on Friday. Tennessee improved their win count with a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats.

 

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Missouri (20-2, 7-1 SEC), which had three wins over South Carolina; No. 7 Alabama (32-5, 8-4 SEC) had a win over Houston (6-3) and went 2-1 in a series with then-No. 9 Texas A&M; No. 8 Texas (32-4, 4-0 Big 12) had three conference wins at Kansas; No. 9 Oregon (28-5, 5-1 Pac-12) moved up one spot this week following a 10-3 win over then-No. 17 Stanford and a 2-1 series record with then-No. 15 Washington; No. 10 Texas A&M (28-7, 5-6 SEC) fell one spot after a 2-2 week that included wins over Texas State (9-1) and No. 7 Alabama (3-2).

 

No. 11 Louisville ( 28-6, 2-1 Big East) remains just outside the Top 10 this week following a 2-1 series with Syracuse. Coming in at No. 14, the Stanford Cardinal (24-9, 4-2 Pac-12) made the biggest jump in this week’s poll, rising three spots from last week following a pair of wins over then-No. 14 UCLA (25-8, 2-4 Pac-12).

 

New to the poll is No. 23 Wisconsin (27-4, 5-1 Big 10) and No. 25 North Carolina (25-13, 6-3 ACC). The Badgers, who went 2-1 in a three-game series at Iowa this week, enter the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 for the first time in program history. The Tar Hills impressed voters with a 3-1 week that included two wins over then-No. 24 Virginia Tech (19-8, 1-4 ACC). Dropping out of the poll is last week’s No. 23 Georgia (26-10, 6-3 SEC) and No. 24 Virginia Tech, who both lost their conference series match-ups last week.

 

The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 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

2013 Season – Week 8 – April 2, 2013

 

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

Oklahoma (18)

30-2

496

1

2.

Arizona State (1)

34-3

476

2

3.

Florida

35-3

455

3

4.

California (1)

27-3

439

4

5.

Tennessee

29-6

423

5

6.

Missouri

20-2

400

6

7.

Alabama

32-5

375

7

8.

Texas

32-4

365

8

9.

Oregon

28-5

340

10

10.

Texas A&M

28-7

310

9

11.

Louisville

28-6

307

11

12.

Michigan

28-7

282

13

13.

LSU

30-7

262

12

14.

Stanford

24-9

208

17

T15.

Washington

25-10

201

15

T15.

UCLA

25-8

201

14

17.

Baylor

29-7

193

16

18.

Tulsa

29-7-1

154

18

19.

Nebraska

25-7

128

19

20.

Kentucky

24-9

124

20

21.

Hawaii

28-7

111

22

22.

Arizona

23-11

77

21

23.

Wisconsin

27-4

45

RV

24.

South Alabama

29-7

42

25

25.

North Carolina

25-13

18

RV

 

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: Virginia Tech, Georgia
New to Poll:
Wisconsin, North Carolina

 

Others receiving votes: SC Upstate (13), Georgia (11), Florida State (10), Iowa (8), Oregon State (6), San Diego State (6), Virginia Tech (5), Louisiana-Lafayette (4), Oklahoma State (2), South Florida (1), Fresno State (1), UAB (1)

 

 

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