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Tennessee retains top spot
3/20/2007

Oklahoma City---After six weeks of competition there are no teams remaining with a perfect record in the top 25 after Alabama (28-1) dropped an 8-4 decision to conference rival Florida this past week. Tennessee (28-2) dropped their second game of the season in conference play but despite the loss remain as the No. 1 team in the country for a fourth consecutive week according to this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Poll.

Tennessee was able to hold on to the top spot this week after going 4-1 in conference play that included a 5-4 loss at Ole Miss. No. 2 Alabama also posted a 4-1 record in conference this past week that saw the Tide lose one of three games at Florida, the same team that gave Tennessee its first loss of the season.

Oklahoma (33-2), who started the season ranked 16th, continued its climb up

the rankings to No. 3 this week after capturing the prestigious Judi Garman Classic title in Fullerton, Calif., with a 4-1 record. The Sooners, who received two first place votes this week, defeated defending national champion Arizona (21-7) twice over the weekend including an 11-0 run rule victory in the championship game on Sunday.

Taking the week off proved beneficial for the Stanford Cardinal (21-5) as they moved back into the top 10 despite not playing a game this past week. LSU (28-4) also joined the top 10 this week after sweeping upset-minded Florida in a three game series.

Two teams from the Big 12 Conference dropped out of the top 10 this week after losing three games in tournament competition. No. 11 Texas (23-6) fell three spots this week after losing three games during the Judi Garman Classic while No. 12 Baylor (27-8) slipped two spots after going 3-3 at the Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu, HI.

No. 18 DePaul (16-6), who started their season 6-5, have turned things around winning 10 of their last 11 games including victories over Fresno State, Penn State, Cal State Fullerton and Texas this past week.

Two schools from the ACC are back into the top 25 this week while two schools from the SEC dropped out. No. 24 Virginia Tech (24-9) cracks the top 25 for the first time since April 30, 2006 after winning their conference series with Georgia Tech this past weekend. No. 25 NC State (21-11) is back in the top 25 after a two week hiatus. The Wolfpack were impressive at the Judi Garman Classic knocking off No. 6 Oklahoma, Florida State and No. 4 Arizona State.

Florida (20-14) dropped out of the top 25 for the first time this season after going 1-4 in conference play this past week. South Carolina (24-7) was also dropped from the top 25 after also losing four of their five games this past week.

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