For Immediate Release: 5/18/10
Huskies hunting for second NCAA Championship after a season at No. 1
OKLAHOMA CITY — Despite losing first place votes to both Alabama and Michigan, Washington is the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll released today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The 16th consecutive No. 1 ranking for the Huskies (45-6) also marks the first time in the history of the poll that a team has been the top ranked team for an entire regular season.
Washington, the 2009 NCAA National Champions, finished the regular season by topping No. 11 Arizona State (41-15) 5-4 and 9-0 in five innings after losing 6-5 to the Sun Devils on Thursday. Other losses this season for the Huskies: 7-4 to Utah State on Feb. 19; 5-3 to DePaul on March 19; 1-0 to UCLA on April 1; 4-0 to Oregon on April 17; and 9-1 in five innings to California. UCLA (40-11) is currently ranked No. 4, California (41-17) is No. 13 and Oregon (33-19) is No. 22.
The voting panel, which currently includes 17 coaches on the Division I level and three people from softball organizations and publications, has put Washington on top in every balloting since the final poll of the 2009 season. The team was ranked No. 1 in the pre-season poll released in January as well as all 14 regular season polls this year. The final poll of the 2010 season will be released following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series, June 3-9, at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Michigan (46-6) earned a No. 1 vote but remained No. 2 in the poll for the sixth-consecutive week, dating back to April 13 (Week 9). The Wolverines have threatened the Huskies before, claiming six No. 1 votes in Week 10 and eight in Week 11, but could not close in on the Dawgs despite an undefeated weekend against Northwestern.
With an impressive performance at the SEC Tournament in Fayetteville, Ark., Alabama (48-9) snagged two No. 1 votes in the poll, but finished third. The Crimson Tide shut out Arkansas, which has received votes in previous polls, then topped No. 15 Tennessee (42-13) and No. 10 LSU (44-14) to take the SEC Championship.
After a sixth-place ranking last week, UCLA improved two spots after taking two-of-three on the road at now No. 6 Arizona (43-11). Other movement in the poll included LSU jumping one spot to No. 10 and ASU dropping one to No. 11. No. 16 Stanford (36-17), No. 17 Illinois (43-6), No. 18 Texas A&M (42-14) and No. 21 Ohio State (37-12) all moved up one spot from last week. Oklahoma State (43-14) dropped four spots to No. 20 and No. 22 Oregon dropped two.
In the 2010 NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket released Sunday evening, Alabama was dubbed the team to beat, earning the No. 1 seed from the NCAA. The next nine seeds in the tournament are Michigan, Washington, Florida, UCLA, Georgia, Texas, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Arizona.
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
May 18 – May 10-16
Dropped Out: None
New to Poll: None
Others receiving votes: BYU (13), Fordham (13), DePaul (5), Louisville (4), San Diego State (3), North Carolina (2), East Carolina (1) and Lipscomb (1)