6-11-2013 Sooners Sweep Season Atop ESPN Poll

Sooners Reign as #1 in Final ESPN Poll

June 11, 2013

Oklahoma finishes season at No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — After claiming their program’s second national championship at the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was voted No. 1 in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll of the 2013 season, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Sooners (57-4, 15-2 Big 12), who held the top spot in every regular season poll this year, swept all 20 first-place votes after a flawless 10-0 performance in the post season, including a 5-0 campaign in Oklahoma City during the NCAAWomen’s College World Series.

To advance to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma defeated Marist 17-0 (five innings) and added two additional wins to their record following their 10-5 and 14-1 (five innings) victories over then-No. 24 Arkansas (36-20, 12-10 SEC).  Next, the Sooners eliminated then-No. 20 Texas A&M (42-18, 10-13 SEC) 10-2 (six innings) and 8-0 (five innings) in the Super Regionals held in Norman, Okla.
The Sooners started their week in Oklahoma City with a 7-1 win over then-No. 8 Michigan (51-13, 20-2 Big 10) before posting a 10-2, five-inning run-rule over then-No. 7 Texas (51-10, 14-4 Big 12). The Sooners then punched their ticket to the Championship Series by pushing past then-No. 9 Washington (45-17, 16-8 Pac-12) 6-2. It only took two games for the Sooners to clinch a National Championship title, though Game One of the series proved to be a nail-biter as the game pushed to extra innings with the Sooners coming out with the 5-3 (12 inning) win.  2013 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year recipient Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.), who was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA WCWS, helped secure a Sooner victory in Game Two of the Championship Series, collecting four RBI to give Oklahoma the 4-0, shutout win and a National Championship.
Tennessee (52-12, 16-6 SEC) finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation. En route to the final round in Oklahoma City, the Lady Vols advanced out of the Regionals by beating Longwood 9-0 (five innings) and North Carolina State 1-0 (11 innings) and 7-0.  The Lady Vols then faced the reigning National Champion, then-TNo. 10 Alabama (45-15, 13-11 SEC) in the Super Regionals, and ousted the Crimson Tide 3-2 and 5-3 to earn a trip to Oklahoma City.  At the NCAA WCWS, Tennessee topped then-No. 2 Florida (58-9, 18-6 SEC) 9-2, Washington 1-0 and Texas 2-1 to earn a trip to the NCAA WCWS Championship Series for the first time since 2007.

 

Texas finished the season at No. 3 following a 6-3 win against then-No. 4 Arizona State (50-12, 16-8 Pac-12), the 10-2 (five inning) loss against Oklahoma and a 3-0 win over Florida before being eliminated from the NCAA WCWS by Tennessee after a 2-1 loss.  Washington finished the season at No. 4 after a 2-2 performance in which the Huskies notched a 4-3 (eight inning), walk-off win against then-No. 16 Nebraska (45-16, 15-6 Big 10) before falling 1-0 to Tennessee. Washington survived elimination by topping Michigan 4-1 before ending their season with the 6-2 loss to Oklahoma.

 

Rounding out the Top 10 teams of the 2013 season are No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Oregon (50-11, 19-5 Pac-12) and No. 10 Alabama.

Both Arkansas and South Florida (45-16, 18-3 Big East) fell out of the Top 25 this week following their eliminations from the NCAA tournament during their Regional appearance. With their exits, Louisiana-Lafayette (47-15, 19-4 Sun Belt) re-entered the poll at No. 15 and No.17 UAB (40-19, 19-4 Conference USA) joined the Top 25 for the first time this season.

 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

2013 Season – Final– June 11, 2013

 

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

Oklahoma (20)

57-4

500

1

2.

Tennessee

52-12

480

5

3.

Texas

51-10

445

7

4.

Washington

45-17

427

9

5.

Florida

48-9

419

2

6.

Michigan

51-13

403

8

7.

Arizona State

50-12

390

4

8.

Nebraska

45-16

362

16

9.

Oregon

50-11

342

3

10.

Alabama

45-15

304

T10

11.

Missouri

38-14

300

6

12.

Kentucky

41-21

237

17

13.

Texas A&M

42-18

234

20

14.

Florida State

44-19

223

19

15.

Louisiana-Lafayette

47-15

192

RV

16.

LSU

42-16

160

T10

17.

UAB

40-19

150

18.

South Alabama

48-9

130

15

19.

UCLA

40-20

127

T13

20.

Baylor

42-17

126

18

21.

Stanford

39-21

113

T13

22.

Georgia

40-21

91

21

23.

Louisville

48-13

79

12

24.

California

38-19

63

22

25.

Hawaii

45-13

37

23

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: Arkansas (24), South Florida (25)

New to Poll: UAB, Louisiana-Lafayette (RV)

Others receiving votes: Arkansas (34), Hofstra (31), South Florida (22), North Carolina State (18), Virginia Tech (17), Wisconsin (16), Arizona (13), SC Upstate (9), Tulsa (3), South Carolina (2), Western Kentucky (1)

 

 

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