OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The University of Washington (7-1) remains the top team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 through the second week of action announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The Huskies dropped their first game of the season on Friday, falling 7-4 to Utah State at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., which cost the team seven top votes to No. 2 Arizona (4)and No. 3 UCLA (3).
Arizona (7-1) held steady at the No. 2 position for the second straight week after splitting a home stand with the Missouri Tigers (3-2), who remain at No. 5 for a second consecutive week. The Wildcats took the first game at home in Tucson, Ariz., 5-0 but dropped the second 10-5.
The UCLA Bruins (8-1) jumped a notch to No. 3 after four run-rule victories and another 7-2 performance over Cal State Northridge in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial tournament. UCLA’s only loss of the season came earlier this year to No. 4 Michigan (6-2). The Wolverines went 4-1 over the weekend at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La., topping No. 15 LSU (7-4) 2-0 but losing 2-1 to Virginia.
Georgia (8-1) remains in the No. 6 position while No. 7 Alabama (6-2) jumped a notch as did No. 8 Georgia Tech (8-1). Oklahoma (8-1) is now the No. 9 team after coming in at No. 12 last week. Arizona State (9-2) fell from No. 7 to No. 10.
BYU (9-1) claimed the No. 25 spot, previously occupied by the now unranked Baylor Bears, to give the Cougars their first appearance of the year in the 2010 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
February 23 – Week of Feb. 15-21
Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.
Dropped Out: Baylor
New to Poll: BYU
Others receiving votes: Kentucky (32), Tennessee (29), Baylor (22), San Diego State (19), Nevada (7), DePaul (5), Oklahoma State (4), Hofstra (1) and New Mexico State (1).