OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The UCLA Bruins (31-3) remain the No.1 softball team in the Nation according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Pollannounced today by the Amateur Softball Association. UCLA opened up Pac-10 Conference play with a perfect 3-0 record to remain at No.1 for the second consecutive week with 10 first-place votes.
The Bruins went 5-0 on the week including shutting out Oregon State, 3-0, and sweeping Oregon, 2-0 and 12-0 (5). No.2 Arizona State (39-2) received seven first-place votes after going 5-0 including two wins over then No. 5 Stanford including a 13-inning-game which ended in a 3-0 Sun Devil win.
Alabama (31- 3) and Florida (40-2) tied for third-place with one and two first-place votes, respectively. Florida continued its SEC Conference play with six-straight wins including sweeping then No. 8 LSU in three games.
No. 5 Michigan (29-3) entered the Top 5 after opening Big Ten play with a 4-0 record, outscoring opponents 29-2.
No.9 Houston (31-4) and No.10 Fresno State (32-5) made the leap into the Top 10 for the first time this season. Both teams remain perfect in conference play with Houston at 9-0 in Conference USA and Fresno State 2-0 in the WAC.
No.22 Virginia Tech (25-10) entered the Top 25 after receiving votes last week. Virginia Tech pulled off a major upset to open their week with a 1-0 defeat of the USA National Team, its first loss in exhibition play since 1996. They also went 2-1 against Maryland for a 7-2 ACC record.
Baylor (18-12) fell out of the Top 25 after earning a No.19 ranking last week. Baylor suffered three losses in conference play as well as a loss to Texas State to go 0-4 on the week.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/
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