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Arizona State Remains at No.1
4/22/2008

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced today that Arizona State is the No. 1 team in the Nation according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Poll. ASU (48-3) received 16 first-place votes to hold the top spot for the second consecutive week.

Arizona State is coming off a historical weekend with its first sweep, 2-0 and 9-8, over then No. 7 Arizona in over 20 years. The Sun Devils currently lead the Pac-10 Conference with only one conference loss. No. 2 Florida (51-2) and No. 3 Alabama (44-3) received two-first place votes a piece, both going undefeated this past week.

New to the poll this week are No. 24 UMass (30-11) and No. 25 Nevada (31-14) after receiving votes last week. UMass is currently 17-0 in A-10 conference play and is currently on a 20-game win streak. Nevada jumped into the poll after sweeping then No. 15 Hawaii causing them to fall to No. 19 in this weeks poll.

The Pac-10 Conference boasts four teams in the top ten followed by the SEC who has three teams in the top ten. The Big 12 Conference has two teams while the Big Ten’s Michigan rounds out the top ten.

About ASA

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 as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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