5-7-2013 Changes Reflected in New ASA Poll

MAY 7 USA SOFTBALL POLL

 

May 7, 2013

Oregon stakes a claim on No. 1 spot in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll; steal one vote away from Oklahoma

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thirteen weeks of play have yet to produce a new No. 1 team in the country as the Oklahoma Sooners (44-4, 12-2 Big 12) remain the top team in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll. The Oregon Ducks (45-7, 18-3 Pac-12) made their move on the top spot, cruising past Tennessee (43-9, 16-6 SEC) to land a No. 2  rank after sweeping Oregon State to capture their program’s first regular season Pac-12 Conference title.  For their efforts, the Ducks garnered one first-place vote, while Oklahoma secured the remaining 19 votes.

 

The Sooners faced unranked Kansas for a Big 12 Conference match-up and, despite Mother Nature’s attempts to rain-out the series, posted a 1-1 record. In game one, the defending USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) set a season high with 17 strikeouts and improved to 25-1 on the year en route to a 4-2 Sooner victory. In game two, however, the Sooners were shutout for just the second time this season and fell to the Jayhawks 2-0.  This marked Oklahoma’s first loss to an unranked team since April 6, 2012.

 

No. 2 Oregon made their highest appearance in the Collegiate Top 25 this week following a flawless 5-0 performance, including two wins over Seattle (4-0, 6-4) and a series sweep of Oregon State (2-1, 11-0 and 8-0).  Florida remains the No. 3 team in the country despite suffering a loss to unranked South Carolina in their series finale.  The Gators took game one 5-0 and game two 3-2 before falling 2-1 to the Gamecocks.

 

Tennessee fell two spots to No. 4 this week after dropping two to then-No. 11 Missouri (33-10, 15-8 SEC).  The Lady Vols fell 2-0 in the series opener, bounced back with a 10-1 (five inning) run-rule of the Tigers in game two, and dropped game three by a 12-8 (six inning) decision.  For their efforts, Missouri rose four spots to No. 7.  Arizona State (43-9, 14-7 Pac-12) comes in at No. 5 this week despite a 1-2 record against unranked Arizona. The Sun Devils were handed back-to-back losses (10-9, 6-4) by the Wildcats before rallying for a 7-6 win in game three.

 

Rounding out the Top 10: No. 6 Texas (43-8, 13-4 Big 12) held onto their spot in the poll this week despite a 1-2 record against unranked Oklahoma State; No. 7 Missouri collected two wins over then-No. 2 Tennessee; No. 8 Michigan (44-9, 20-2 Big 10) rose two spots this week after sweeping Northwestern and captured the regular season Big 10 title; No. 9 LSU (40-13, 15-8 SEC) fell one spot in the poll after posting a 0-2 record against then-No. 24 Georgia (37-18, 14-9 SEC); No. 10 Alabama (41-12, 13-11 SEC) dropped two spots after falling twice to then-No. 19 Kentucky (38-17, 13-11 SEC).

 

Rejoining the Top 25 this week is No. 25 Tulsa (41-13-1, 19-5 Conference USA) while South Florida (40-14, 18-3 Big East) dropped out.

 

The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball Regions as well as members of National and Local media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country.

 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

2013 Season – Week 13– May 7, 2013

 

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

Oklahoma (19)

44-4

499

1

2.

Oregon (1)

45-7

475

4

3.

Florida

49-7

459

3

4.

Tennessee

43-9

435

2

5.

Arizona State

43-9

398

5

6.

Texas

43-8

383

6

7.

Missouri

33-10

380

11

8.

Michigan

44-9

373

10

9.

LSU

40-13

344

7

10.

Alabama

41-12

312

8

11.

Washington

36-14

286

12

12.

Louisville

45-10

283

9

13.

Stanford

35-17

228

16

14.

Nebraska

38-12

223

14

15.

Kentucky

38-17

211

19

T16.

UCLA

35-17

202

17

T16.

Baylor

39-14

202

15

18.

South Alabama

41-7

163

18

19.

Florida State

39-15

137

20

20.

California

35-15

114

13

T21.

Texas A&M

39-14

95

21

T21.

Arkansas

34-17

95

22

23.

Georgia

37-18

82

24

24.

Hawaii

40-11

45

23

25.

Tulsa

41-13-1

17

RV

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: South Florida (25)
New to Poll: Tulsa (RV)

Others receiving votes: Louisiana-Lafayette (15), South Florida (14), Arizona (8), Houston (4), North Carolina State (3), Western Kentucky (3), Kansas (3), Minnesota (2), Notre Dame (2), Hofstra (2), Wisconsin (2), UAB (1)

 

 

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