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Gators Remain Atop Poll
4/7/2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Florida Gator softball team (39-3) is the top team in the Nation, for the fifth-straight week, according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). Florida received 19 first-place votes after sweeping conference foes Mississippi State in three games and Auburn in two.

The top five were nearly the same as last week’s with the exception of No.5 Northwestern (22-7) switching spots with No. 7 UCLA (27-7). Northwestern remains unbeaten in Big Ten play at 8-0 with UCLA posting a 2-4 record in the Pac-10.

For the first time all season, there are actually 26 teams in the Top 25 with Fresno State (24-15) and Cal Poly (22-9) tying for 25th place with 29 points. After receiving votes in last week’s poll, Cal Poly made the Top 25 after sweeping UC-Santa Barbara.

No. 10 Missouri (33-4) jumped ahead of No. 11 Oklahoma (29-11), becoming the leader of the Big 12 Conference for the first time this season and making their first appearance of the year in the Top 10.

To view the complete poll click here

TOP TEN MATCH UPS THIS WEEK

April 10

No. 3 Washington @ No. 7 UCLA - 1:00 p.m./PT

April 11

No. 3 Washington @ No. 7 UCLA – 1:00 p.m./PT

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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