5-15-2012 Final Regular Season ESPN/USA Poll

California claims No. 1 in final regular season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

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OKLAHOMA CITY — In the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll of the regular season, the California Golden Bears captured the top spot for the 13th time this season, announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The Golden Bears (50-4, 21-3 Pac-12) took two of three from then-No. 2 Arizona State (46-7, 18-4 Pac-12) over the weekend to capture all 20 first-place votes in the poll. California was also named the No. 1 overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

Going into the weekend series, both California and Arizona State each had a chance to claim the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championship. The Bears took game one of the series in style when senior Valerie Arioto, a Top 11 Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Bears the 4-2 victory. The conference foes split the next two games of the series, each winning by a 5-0 margin, giving California the Pac-12 Title.

Arizona State is No. 2 for the fourth consecutive week. Despite an early week loss to Fordham, Alabama (50-7, 26-5 SEC) was able to make an impressive run in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) tournament going 3-0 and capturing the Conference Title and hold on the No. 3 spot in this week’s poll. No. 4 Oklahoma (45-8, 16-5 Big 12) used a series sweep of Iowa State to capture the Big 12 Championship. The Sooners outscored the Cyclones 27-2 over the course of the weekend finishing the regular season in convincing fashion. No. 5 Tennessee (46-10, 23-7 SEC) held their spot in the Top 5 after going 1-1 in the SEC tournament. The Lady Vols defeated Auburn 2-1 in the opening round before falling to then-No. 7 Florida 2-1 in the second round of the conference tournament.

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Florida (46-11, 23-8 SEC) moved up one spot after a 2-1 week that included a trip to the SEC tournament Championship Game where they fell to No. 3 Alabama 10-1; Louisville (53-3, 20-2) also moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week’s poll after capturing a Big East Tournament Championship; No. 8 Texas won their lone game of the week 3-1 over Baylor to move up two spots from last week; Missouri(43-12, 17-7 Big 12) remains No. 9 after a 3-0 series sweep of Oklahoma State and a 3-1 loss to South Alabama in the Sun Belt Championship cost No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette (49-4, 21-3 SEC) four spots in this week’s poll.

No. 11 Georgia (41-15, 18-12 SEC) and No. 12 Oregon (39-15, 13-9 Pac-12) held their positions in this week’s poll while No. 13 Texas A&M (39-16, 16-8 Big 12), No. 14 UCLA (36-18, 12-12 Pac-12) and No. 15 Arizona (35-17, 12-12 Pac-12) each jumped one spot as No. 16 Hawaii (44-7, 17-3 WAC) fell three spots following a 6-4 lose to BYU in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament.

No. 19 Michigan (39-15, 18-5 Big Ten) made the greatest jump this week, rising four spots in the poll following a 3-0 series sweep of Purdue. New to the Top 25 this week and for the first time this year is Tulsa (41-12, 19-5 Conference USA) following a 3-0 week and a Conference USA Championship Title. Dropping out of the Top 25 is last-week’s No. 25 Syracuse (40-14, 17-5 Big East).

The last ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll of 2012 will be released June 12 after the conclusion of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, which is May 31 – June 6 in Oklahoma City. For complete coverage of the NCAA Championships and the run to Oklahoma City for the NCAA WCWS, visit www.ncaa.com/wcws.

 

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

May 15, 2012 — Week 14 (May 7-13, 2012)

 

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

California (20)

50-4

500

1

2.

Arizona State

46-7

469

2

3.

Alabama

50-7

466

3

4.

Oklahoma

45-8

443

4

5.

Tennessee

46-10

409

5

6.

Florida

46-11

397

7

7.

Louisville

53-3

348

8

8.

Texas

42-10

339

10

9.

Missouri

43-12

338

9

10.

Louisiana-Lafayette

49-4

336

6

11.

Georgia

41-15

302

11

12.

Oregon

39-15

297

12

13.

Texas A&M

39-16

275

14

14.

UCLA

36-18

227

15

15.

Arizona

35-17

222

16

16.

Hawaii

44-7

212

13

17.

Stanford

38-17

159

17

18.

Washington

36-17

140

18

19.

Michigan

39-15

96

23

20.

Florida State

46-14

94

19

21.

North Carolina

41-13

84

21

22.

South Florida

45-11

79

20

23.

Texas Tech

40-15

70

22

24.

Oregon State

34-21

41

24

25.

Tulsa

41-12

35

NR

 

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: – Syracuse (25)
New to Poll: – Tulsa (RV)

 

Others receiving votes: Syracuse (29); Georgia Tech (26); UMASS (18); Kentucky (13); Notre Dame (12); Virginia Tech (8); LSU (7); Baylor (7); BYU (1); South Alabama (1)

 

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