5-17-2011 ASU Stays Atop ESPN Poll

Arizona State No. 1 for Fourth Consecutive Week 

SPY Note: the May 17 NCAA RPI has been posted on www.spysoftball.org
SPY Note: the latest (May 17) individual and team stats are posed on www.spysoftball.org
  

 OKLAHOMA CITY – In the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll of the 2011 regular season, Arizona State (50-6, 17-4 Pac-10) is ranked No. 1, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The Sun Devils, No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week, were ranked No. 10 in the pre-season poll released January 25. 

With a 2-1 weekend over then-No. 12 Stanford (38-15, 10-11 Pac-10), Arizona State was named Pac-10 Champions, earning the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. Michigan (51-4, 18-2 Big Ten) remains No. 2 in the poll after two 8-0 performances against Michigan State while Alabama (46-8, 19-6 SEC) improved to No. 3. 

The 2011 Big 12 Champion Missouri Tigers (46-7, 15-3 Big 12) moved into the Top 5 at No. 4 after going 3-0 on the week. At No. 5, California (39-10, 15-6 Pac-10) tied with Florida (47-9, 21-7 SEC). While Cal notched two wins over No. 10 Arizona (40-16, 11-10  Pac-10), Florida was eliminated by then-No. 24 Auburn (39-17, 15-13 SEC) in the opening game of the SEC Tournament. The Gators were third in last week’s poll.  

No. 7 Tennessee (47-10, 20-8 SEC) clinched the SEC Tournament crown with wins over then-No. 20 Kentucky (36-14, 14-9 SEC ), then-No. 24 Auburn (39-17, 15-13 SEC) and then-No. 9 Georgia (47-12, 17-9 SEC). Tennessee defeated Georgia, now eighth-ranked, 6-5 in eight innings to claim the title. Kentucky is now No. 21 while Auburn is No. 23. 

While teams moved in the rankings, all of the Top 25 teams for the final poll of the regular season were also ranked in the Top 25 last week. The last ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll of 2011 will be released June 14 after the conclusion of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, which is June 2-8 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 17 – May 9-15, 2011 – Week 14

Rank  Team  Record  Points  Previous Ranking  
1. Arizona State (20) 50-6 500 1
2. Michigan 51-4 472 2
3. Alabama 46-8 435 4
4. Missouri 46-7 418 6
T5. California 39-10 415 5
T5. Florida 47-9 415 3
7. Tennessee 47-10 395 8
8. Georgia 47-12 359 9
9. Texas 45-8 354 7
10. Arizona 40-16 310 10
11. Oregon 39-14 292 11
T12. Oklahoma 38-16 272 13
T12. Stanford 38-15 272 12
14. Washington 34-14 225 14
15. Baylor 40-12 224 17
16. UCLA 33-17 198 15
17. Texas A&M 41-18 178 19
18. Georgia Tech 44-10 155 16
19. Notre Dame 45-9 136 18
20. Nebraska 39-12 105 23
21. Kentucky 36-14 86 20
22. LSU 38-16 84 21
23. Auburn 39-17 61 24
24. ULL 49-9 33 25
25. Oklahoma State 37-17 31 22

   

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

 

  

Dropped Out: None
New to Poll: None 

   

Others receiving votes: Syracuse (25); Tulsa (13); Houston (9); Indiana (7); BYU (6); North Carolina (6); Maryland (5); Fordham (2); New Mexico State (1); Texas Tech (1); Longwood (1) 

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