4-20-10 ESPN USA Softball Weekly Poll

For Immediate Release: 4/20/10

Michigan Closes In but Washington Remains No.1

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After spending much of the season as the unanimous first-place pick, the University of Washington (35-4) received only 14 first-place votes this week, enough to remain the No. 1 team in the Nation according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. Michigan (33-5) with six first-place votes is close on the tail of the Huskies, with an undefeated 9-0 record in Big Ten play.

The top five teams remain the same with No. 3 Arizona (35-7) coming off a series sweep over then-No. 10 Stanford (30-9), outscoring the Cardinal 18-8. No. 9 Arizona State (35-9) is within one spot of falling out of the Top Ten after being swept in three games by California (33-11) who advanced two spots to No. 17 in this week’s poll. 

Florida State (37-12) posted a 1-4 weekend to fall four spots to No. 20 while North Carolina dropped out of the Top 25 after a 2-3 weekend. After falling just one spot short of the Top 25 last week, Notre Dame (34-7) came in at No. 25. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 5-1 weekend and are 12-1 in Big East Play.

Five conferences are recognized in the Top 10 with the Pac-10 Conference leading the way with four and the SEC close behind with three teams. Both conferences have two schools a piece in the Top 5 as well.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

April 20 – Week of April 12 – April 18

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
Ranking
1. Washington (14) 35-4 494 1
2. Michigan (6) 33-5 481 2
3. Arizona 35-7 454 3
4. Florida 34-5 440 4
5. Alabama 35-9 428 5
6. Georgia Tech 41-6 395 7
7. UCLA 30-9 357 8
8. Oklahoma State 39-7 355 9
9. Arizona State 35-9 327 6
10. Georgia 36-8 312 11
11. Stanford 30-9 292 10
12. LSU 36-9 262 13
13. Oklahoma 32-10 259 12
14. Texas 35-9 234 15
15. Missouri 32-8 226 14
16. Oregon 30-8 210 17
17. California 33-11 209 19
18. Tennessee 37-8 162 18
19. Illinois 31-5 133 20
20. Florida State 37-12 114 16
21. Texas A&M 35-11 112 21
22. UMASS 25-7 73 22
T23. Hawaii 35-11 52 25
T23. Ohio State 26-11 52 24
25. Norte Dame 34-7 24 RV

 

Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: North Carolina
New to Poll: Notre Dame

Others receiving votes:  North Carolina (17), San Diego State (11), Hofstra (4), Fordham (3), Kentucky (3), BYU (3), Lipscomb (1), UAB (1)

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