5-10-2011 Arizona State Tops ESPN Poll

Arizona State Heads into Final Week of Regular Season Play at No. 1

OKLAHOMA CITY –  After sweeping then-No. 11 Washington in three games last week, Arizona State (48-5, 15-3 Pac-10) was voted the No. 1 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll for the third straight week, announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. No. 2 Michigan (49-4, 16-2 Big Ten) maintained the runner up spot after a 5-0 weekend with wins over Big Ten opponents Ohio State and Minnesota.

No. 3 Florida (47-8, 21-7 SEC) made a big jump from No. 6 after sweeping then-No. 3 Tennessee (44-10, 20-8 SEC), in what was the final conference series before the SEC Tournament this weekend. Tennessee fell to No. 8 after losing three to Florida.

Arizona (39-15, 10-8 Pac-10), ranked No. 13 last week, re-entered the Top 10 after a 2-1 weekend over then-No. 14 UCLA (32-15, 8-10 Pac-10). The Bruins fell one spot to No. 15 after losing 5-1 and 7-1, while recording one win, 5-1, against the Wildcats, now ranked No. 10.

After only one Big 12 loss all season, No. 7 Texas (45-7, 14-3 Big 12) suffered two conference losses in Week 13, a 5-1 loss to then-No.22 Texas A&M (39-18, 11-5 Big 12) and a 6-3 loss to then-No. 8 Missouri (43-7, 12-3 Big 12). They also defeated Missouri 2-0.  Missouri remains eighth ranked while Texas A&M improved to No. 19.

No. 24 Auburn (38-16, 15-13 SEC) earned the series win over then-No. 16 Kentucky (36-13, 14-9 SEC) with a 2-1 record, moving the Tigers back into the Top 25. Kentucky dropped to No. 20. With Auburn returning to the Top 25, last week’s No. 24 Indiana (35-16, 15-3 Big Ten) dropped out, receiving votes this week after a 1-1 weekend against Northwestern.

Next week will be the final regular season poll of the 2011 NCAA Division I softball season. One final poll will be released on June 15 following the conclusion of the NCAA Women’s College World Series at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

 The Top 10 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be announced May 11. The 10th recipient of this honor will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies of the WCWS on May 31.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

May 10 – May 2-8, 2011 – Week 13

Rank Team Record Points Previous Ranking
1. Arizona State (20) 48-5 500 1
2. Michigan 49-4 475 2
3. Florida 47-8 449 6
4. Alabama 45-7 447 5
5. California 37-9 418 7
6. Missouri 43-7 387 8
7. Texas 45-7 374 4
8. Tennessee 44-10 370 3
9. Georgia 44-10 325 9
10. Arizona 39-14 308 13
11. Oregon 37-13 299 12
12. Stanford 37-13 284 10
13. Oklahoma 37-16 260 15
14. Washington 32-13 240 11
15. UCLA 32-15 206 14
16. Georgia Tech 44-9 188 17
17. Baylor 39-12 179 19
18. Notre Dame 44-8 151 21
19. Texas A&M 39-18 138 22
20. Kentucky 36-13 117 16
21. LSU 39-18 101 23
22. Oklahoma State 37-14 83 18
23. Nebraska 35-12 64 20
24. Auburn 38-16 42 RV
25. ULL 45-9 36 25

 

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: Indiana
New to Poll: Auburn

 

Others receiving votes: Indiana (25); Houston (17); Tulsa (6); Syracuse (5); BYU (3); Texas Tech (2)

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