4-23-2013 Vols Gain on OU in USA Softball Poll

April 22 Poll

 

Tennessee collects three votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll; prevents Oklahoma from a third sweep of the votes

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Sooners (39-3, 8-1 Big 12) continue their reign atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll this week with Tennessee (42-6, 15-3 SEC) closing the gap receiving four of the 20 first-place votes the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Sooners, who suffered their first Big 12 Conference loss, received the remaining 16 votes to maintain their No. 1 ranking.

The Sooners took to the road to meet up with No. 7 Texas (39-6, 9-2 Big 12) for a three-game series with the victor coming out of the series with the lead in the Big 12 Conference.  In game one, the Sooners jumped on Texas ace Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas) early to come out with a 6-1 win.  Game two had the opposite result as Oklahoma fell early to Texas, and despite a last inning rally, fell 4-2 to the Longhorns.  Oklahoma finished the series with a 5-3 win over Texas with the help of Shelby Pendley (Rio Rancho, N.M.), who hit two home runs to secure the win.

Tennessee tightened their grip on the No. 2 spot this week following their series sweep of Ole Miss.  The Lady Vols took game one 12-4 (five innings) and followed with two run-rules: 15-5 (six innings) and 9-1 (five innings).  Florida (45-5, 14-4 SEC) rose back to the No. 3 spot this week following an 8-0 (five innings) standalone win over then-No. 23 Florida State (37-15, 16-2 ACC) and a three-game series sweep of Longwood (5-1, 9-5 and 8-0).  Also rising in the poll this week is No. 4 Oregon (38-6, 13-2 Pac-12), who collected two wins over Portland State: 5-0 and 8-0 (five innings).

Arizona State (39-7, 10-5 Pac-12) fell to No. 5 this week after dropping a series to unranked Utah.  The Sun Devils suffered back-to-back losses to the Utes, 4-5 (eight innings) and 6-5, before rebounding in game three to finish the series with a 6-4 win.  Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Alabama (40-7, 12-6 SEC) had a win over Southern Mississippi and went 2-1 with Mississippi State; TNo. 7 Texas was 1-2 against Oklahoma; TNo. 7 Louisville (42-6, 15-1 Big East) collected two wins over Pittsburgh and swept Villanova in their three-game series matchup; No. 9 Michigan (39-7, 16-0 Big 10) kept their Big 10 record flawless after a nine-inning win over Indiana and a series sweep of Iowa; No. 10 California (35-9, 9-6 Pac-12) cruised past Santa Clara and went 2-1 with Oregon State.

Rejoining the Top 25 this week is No. 23 Georgia (34-15, 11-7), who had a loss to SC Upstate and a series sweep over then-No. 13 Texas A&M (35-12, 6-11 SEC).  No. 25 Arkansas (30-17, 8-10 SEC) makes their first appearance in the poll this season after a series win over then-No. 17 Kentucky (34-14, 10-8 SEC).  Dropping out is last week’s No. 22 Tulsa (33-13-1, 13-5 C-USA) and TNo. 25 Arizona (28-19, 5-10 Pac-12) and TNo. 25 North Carolina (35-15, 11-5 ACC).

 

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 11– April 23, 2013

 

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

Oklahoma (16)

39-3

496

1

2.

Tennessee (4)

42-6

482

2

3.

Florida

45-5

447

4

4.

Oregon

38-6

444

5

5.

Arizona State

39-7

406

3

6.

Alabama

40-7

388

6

T7.

Texas

39-6

378

7

T7.

Louisville

42-6

378

8

9.

Michigan

39-7

350

9

10.

California

35-9

309

10

11.

Missouri

26-7

308

11

12.

LSU

37-11

278

12

13.

Washington

34-13

269

14

14.

Baylor

34-11

188

16

15.

Stanford

29-15

183

15

T16.

Nebraska

34-10

173

18

T16.

UCLA

30-15

173

19

18.

Texas A&M

35-12

162

13

19.

Kentucky

34-14

144

17

20.

Hawaii

37-8

127

20

21.

South Alabama

40-7

122

21

22.

Florida State

37-15

77

23

23.

Georgia

34-15

56

RV

24.

South  Florida

37-13

37

24

25.

Arkansas

30-17

29

RV

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: Tulsa, Arizona, North Carolina
New to Poll:
Georgia, Arkansas

Others receiving votes: Tulsa (27), Louisiana-Lafayette (19), UAB (15), North Carolina (14), Wisconsin (6), SC Upstate (5), Arizona (3), Iowa (3), Minnesota (3), Ball State (1)

 

 

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