ESPN / USA Softball Poll – 3/9/10

For Immediate Release: 3/9/10

Huskies stay at No. 1 with perfect weekend

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The University of Washington (17-1) remains the No. 1 softball team in the Nation for the fourth-straight week according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The top-ranked Huskies went 5-0 at the Hawaii Invitational Tournament including an eight-inning 1-0 victory over host Hawaii.

No. 5 Michigan moved up two spots with two victories over a then-No. 6 Alabama.  UCLA dropped just one spot to No. 6 after a 3-2 loss to UC Riverside while Arizona State cracked the top ten at No. 10 with a five win weekend, three of which were run rule victories.

The California Golden Bears moved up two spots to No. 13 with five wins giving the Pac-10 Conference six teams in the top 13.  Louisville dropped three spots to No. 20 after two losses to Oklahoma and one to Oklahoma State.  The Oklahoma State Cowgirls saw the week’s biggest improvement advancing from No. 24 to No. 19 with wins over ranked Oklahoma and Louisville.

No. 23 BYU, No. 24 Tennessee, and No. 25 Illinois all landed in this week’s poll each completing the weekend undefeated.

Fresno State, ULL, Kentucky all dropped out of the poll.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

March 9 – Week of March 1-7

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
Ranking
1. Washington (25) 17-1 500 1
2. Arizona 16-1 478 2
3. Missouri 12-2 453 3
4. Georgia 18-1 436 4
5. Michigan 14-4 415 7
6. UCLA 16-4 387 5
7. Alabama 14-5 368 6
8. Georgia Tech 18-2 359 9
9. Oklahoma 15-3 356 8
10. Arizona State 15-2 313 11
11. Florida 16-2 293 10
12. Stanford 15-3 284 12
13. California 16-4 240 15
14. Texas 17-3 230 13
15. LSU 18-4 206 16
16. Florida State 20-2 183 18
17. Ohio State 13-6 168 14
18. North Carolina 15-3 157 20
19. Oklahoma State 15-5 127 24
20. Louisville 14-5 96 17
21. Texas A&M 16-5 79 19
22. Baylor 15-6 78 25
23. BYU 15-4 57 RV
24. Tennessee 13-4 51 RV
25. Illinois 14-1 47 RV

Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.

Dropped Out: Fresno State, ULL, Kentucky
New to Poll: BYU, Tennessee, Illinois

Others receiving votes: ULL (42), Kentucky (32), Fresno State (16), UMass (9), Lipscomb (8), Oregon (7), Hofstra (5), Hawaii (2), North Carolina State (2), San Diego State (2), Nevada (1) and Northwestern (1).

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