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Florida Unanimous at No. 1
5/13/2008

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – For the first time this season, one team is unanimously No. 1 as Florida (62-2) earned 20 first-place votes on the way to the top ranking in the nation according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Poll announced today by the Amateur Softball Association. The Gators, with only one SEC loss, won the SEC Tournament just a week out of being crowned the SEC regular season Champions.

Florida went 3-0 during the tournament including wins over then No.14 Tennessee, 6-1, and then No.4 Alabama, 4-1 to win their first-ever SEC Tournament title. Texas A&M (49-7) jumped into the top five, switching places with No.6 Michigan, after they clinched the Big 12 Tournament with a 3-0 record. Michigan went one and out at the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-1 loss to Michigan State after being named Co-Champions of the Big Ten regular season title.

No. 2 Arizona State (56-5) also made history as they clinched their first-ever Pac-10 Championship with a 5-2 victory over #25 California (40-21). ASU went 2-1 on the week including opening up play with a 2-1 loss to then No. 8 Stanford.

No. 10 Northwestern (37-13), No. 17 Virginia Tech (44-15), No. 18 ULL (46-12), No. 21 UMass (39-11) and No. 23 DePaul (48-16) round out the teams in the Top 25 who won their Conference Tournaments, earning an automatic NCAA regional bid.

This is the last regular season poll of the year. The final poll of the year will be released June 10 after the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

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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/.

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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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