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
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)