4-24-2012 Cal Is Golden in ESPN USA Softball Poll

California remains golden atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that California remains the No. 1 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. Following an outstanding offensive performance last week in which the Golden Bears (42-3, 13-2 Pac-12) outscored their opponents 28-4, California received 18 first-place votes in the poll, securing their spot as the top collegiate softball team in the nation.

The Bears, who have held the coveted number one spot in all but two polls this season, went 3-1 last week, defeating unranked Santa Clara 10-2 (five innings) before heading up to Eugene, Ore. to face Pac-12 foes then-No. 14 Oregon (32-11, 9-7 Pac-12). California captured the series opener 8-1 before falling in the second game to the Ducks 1-0, marking the Bears third loss of the season and second loss in conference play. In the third and final game of the series, California bounced back with a 10-0 (six inning) victory, capturing a fifth-consecutive Pac-12 series win.
Following a series sweep of then-No. 19 Stanford, Arizona State (39-5, 11-2 Pac-12) received two number one votes in the poll, jumping past Alabama to claim the No. 2 spot. The Sun Devils captured a third-straight home series sweep, defeating the Cardinal (32-16, 6-12 Pac-12) 11-9, 5-0 and 7-1. Slipping one spot to No. 3, Alabama (42-4, 19-3 SEC) went 2-2 on the week, falling to unranked Georgia State 5-1 and then-No. 13 Georgia (35-12, 13-9 SEC) 7-4 before besting the Bulldogs 8-3 and 6-4. No. 4 Florida (41-5, 18-2 SEC) and No. 5 Oklahoma (38-7, 13-4 Big 12) maintained their rank in the poll, while No. 6 Tennessee (40-9, 19-6 SEC) and No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette (41-2, 16-2 Sun Belt) moved up one spot in the Top 10.

 

Rounding out the Top 10: Texas (37-7, 11-5 Big 12), which dropped two spots to No. 8 following two losses against unranked opponents Baylor and Oklahoma State; No. 9 Louisville (43-2, 13-2 Big East), which captured the Big East lead after defeating then-No. 17 South Florida (40-8, 13-3 Big East) twice; and No. 10 Missouri (34-10, 11-7 Big 12), which captured a win against No. 5 Oklahoma.

 

Moving up one spot in the Top 25 is No. 11 Arizona (31-12, 8-7 Pac-12) which went 2-0 against New Mexico last week. This marks the highest ranking for the Wildcats since the pre-season poll released in January. North Carolina (36-10, 11-3 ACC) also rose in the poll to a season-high No. 19 ranking after a flawless 4-0 weekend in which the Tar Heels captured two five-inning victories over Hampton University and two wins against Georgia Tech.

Although there was some movement in the rankings, the Top 25 teams remained the same this week.

 

There are only three weeks left in the regular season polls for the 2012 NCAA Division I softball season. One final poll will be released on June 12 following the conclusion of the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

 

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

April 24, 2012 — Week 11 (April 16 – 22, 2012)

 

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

California (18)

42-3

498

1

2.

Arizona State (2)

39-5

478

3

3.

Alabama

42-4

454

2

4.

Florida

41-5

442

4

5.

Oklahoma

38-7

419

5

6.

Tennessee

40-9

395

7

7.

Louisiana-Lafayette

41-2

378

8

8.

Texas

37-7

357

6

9.

Louisville

43-2

338

9

10.

Missouri

34-10

309

10

11.

Arizona

31-12

298

12

12.

Georgia

35-12

274

13

13.

Washington

36-11

244

11

14.

UCLA

33-12

239

15

15.

Oregon

32-11

236

14

16.

Texas A&M

31-14

197

16

17.

Hawaii

37-5

176

18

18.

South Florida

40-8

159

17

19.

North Carolina

36-10

130

21

20.

Florida State

42-11

105

22

21.

Stanford

32-16

85

19

22.

Michigan

32-13

74

20

23.

Oregon State

29-15

72

24

24.

Texas Tech

37-13

55

25

25.

LSU

32-15

42

23

 

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out:
New to Poll:

 

Others receiving votes: Syracuse (15); Fresno State (9); Tulsa (9); Baylor (7); Virginia Tech (3); Georgia Tech (2); UAB (1)

 

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