5-1-2012 Cal Sweeps ESPN USA Softball Poll

May 1 ESPN USA Softball Poll

California Sweeps First-Place Votes to sit atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

OKLAHOMA CITY — California (45-3, 16-2 Pac-12) remains the top team in collegiate softball for the sixth consecutive week. Following an spectacular home stand that resulted in a series sweep of then-No. 14 UCLA (33-15, 9-9 Pac-12), the Golden Bears received all 20 first-place votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, released today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America.

California opened the weekend strong with a 3-0 shutout in the first game of their series with the Bruins. The Bears defense continued its dominance in game two again shutting out UCLA 8-0 (six innings). In the third and final game of the series, California gained the sweep with a 10-3 performance giving them 45 wins on the season and 16 in Pac-12 play.

Arizona State (42-5, 14-2 Pac-12) remained at No. 2 with their own series sweep of then-No. 13 Washington (36-14, 7-12 Pac-12). The Sun Devils outscored the Huskies 29-8 in the three-game series. Jumping two spots to No. 3, Oklahoma (40-7, 14-4 Big 12) went 2-0 on the week with wins over Oklahoma State and Central Arkansas. No. 4 Alabama (45-5, 21-4 SEC) dropped one spot this week and No. 5 Tennessee (44-9, 22-6 SEC) picked up four wins to propel them into the Top 5.

No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette (44-2, 19-2 Sun Belt) was also perfect on the week gaining one spot in the poll. Florida fell three spots to No. 7 after splitting a doubleheader with then-No. 25 LSU and dropping two of three in their weekend series with Kentucky.

Rounding out the Top 10: Louisville (47-2, 16-2 Big East) gained one spot to No. 8 following a 4-0 week; No. 9 Missouri (37-10, 14-7 Big 12) also moved up in this week’s poll going 3-0 against Iowa State; and No. 10 Texas (39-8, 13-6 Big 12), which took two of three from then-No.16 Texas A&M.

Moving up three spots in the Top 25 is No. 12 Oregon (34-12, 11-8 Pac-12) which went 2-1 against conference foe then-No.11 Arizona. No. 14 Hawaii (40-5, 14-3 WAC) continued their climb up the poll also jumping three spots after a series sweep of Fresno State.
Although there was some movement in the rankings, the Top 25 teams remained the same this week.

There are only two 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

May 1, 2012 — Week 12 (April 23 – 29, 2012)

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

California (20)

45-3

500

1

2.

Arizona State

42-5

478

2

3.

Oklahoma

40-7

450

5

4.

Alabama

45-5

441

3

5.

Tennessee

44-9

415

6

6.

Louisiana-Lafayette

44-2

397

7

7.

Florida

43-8

386

4

8.

Louisville

47-2

335

9

9.

Missouri

37-10

327

10

10.

Texas

39-8

318

8

11.

Georgia

38-13

292

12

12.

Oregon

34-12

284

15

13.

Arizona

32-14

248

11

14.

Hawaii

40-5

222

17

15.

Washington

36-14

217

13

16.

Texas A&M

33-16

205

16

17.

UCLA

33-15

198

14

18.

South Florida

44-8

182

18

19.

Florida State

42-11

129

20

20.

North Carolina

38-11

106

19

21.

Stanford

32-16

88

21

22.

Oregon State

33-16

87

23

23.

Texas Tech

38-14

55

24

24.

LSU

34-18

47

25

25.

Michigan

33-15

40

22

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out:
New to Poll:

Others receiving votes: Tulsa (20); Syracuse (15); Baylor (5); Georgia Tech (4); UAB (3); UMASS (3); Kansas (2); Virginia Tech (1)

 

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