4-5-2011 Alabama Tops for Third Week in Row

Alabama continues reign on top of ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

 OKLAHOMA CITY — Alabama  (37-2, 12-1 SEC) remains the top team in collegiate softball for the third consecutive week. After a successful road campaign that resulted in a win over College of Charleston and three over South Carolina, the Crimson Tide became the first team this season to sweep the No. 1 votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, released today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America.

Georgia (33-4, 8-3 SEC) held at No. 2 for the second consecutive week while Arizona State (35-3, 2-1 Pac-10) moved to their highest ranking of the year, No. 3, with a 2-1 road trip to then-No. 8 California (22-6, 1-2 Pac-10). Michigan dropped a spot to No. 4 with an extra innings loss to Indiana. Arizona reentered the Top 5 with an 8-0 (five), 6-1 and 2-0 home stand against then-No. 12 Stanford (24-7, 0-3 Pac-10). Stanford is now 14.

Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 6 Washington (27-3, 2-1 Pac-10), No. 7 Texas (21-3, 4-0 Big 12), No. 8 Tennessee (29-6, 7-4 SEC), No. 9 Cal and No. 10 UCLA (26-5, 3-0 Pac-10), a team that has been out of the Top 10 since March 15. Texas, which swept then No. 18 Oklahoma State (29-9, 1-3 Big 12) on the road, was in the Top 10 only two previous times this year, ranking No. 9 last week and No. 10 on March 22.

Florida tumbled out of the Top 10 for the first time this year after being swept on the road then-No. 23 Kentucky (25-7, 11-3 SEC). The No. 11 Gators, ranked No. 1 in the March 8 poll and receiving No. 1 votes as recently as March 22, are on a six game losing skid after being swept by Georgia last week. Kentucky improved to No. 18 with the 10-2 (six), 7-6 and 9-2 wins.

Fresno State (22-8, 6-0 WAC) entered the Top 25 for the first time this season, after receiving votes in every poll this season. The team swept then-No. 25 Hawaii (25-12, 3-3 WAC) 5-0, 2-1 and 2-0. The Rainbow Wahine dropped out of the poll

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

April 5 – March 28- April 3, 2011 – Week Eight

Rank Team Record Points Previous Ranking
1. Alabama (20) 37-2 500 1
2. Georgia 33-4 480 2
3. Arizona State 35-3 441 4
4. Michigan 33-3 434 3
5. Arizona 32-6 412 7
6. Washington 27-3 408 6
7. Texas 21-3 393 9
8. Tennessee 29-6 337 10
9. California 22-6 324 8
10. UCLA 26-5 304 13
11. Florida 30-7 292 5
12. Missouri 28-5 274 11
13. Nebraska 30-4 244 16
14 Stanford 24-7 229 12
15. Oklahoma 29-10 216 14
16. Oregon 29-6 212 15
17. Baylor 28-6 191 17
18. Kentucky 25-7 165 23
19. ULL 27-5 117 19
20. Texas A&M 30-8 115 20
21. Oklahoma State 29-9 96 18
22. Auburn 29-7 78 21
23. Georgia Tech 31-6 77 24
24. Texas Tech 36-4 66 22
25. Fresno State 22-8 47 RV

 

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out:  Hawaii
New to Poll: Fresno State

Others receiving votes:  LSU (12), Notre Dame (11), Louisville (7), UAB (5), East Carolina (4), San Diego State (3), North Carolina (1), BYU (1), Hawaii (1), Long Beach State (1) and Maryland (1).

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