OKLAHOMA CITY — Behind an undefeated weekend hosting the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, UCLA has reclaimed the top spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. UCLA received 13 first place votes after Week 1 of action with No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Alabama and No. 5 Florida splitting the other seven votes.
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The Bruins, last ranked at No. 1 in June 2010 following their championship title at the NCAA Women’s College World Series, started their 2011 campaign with back-to-back wins over Utah State, 19-0, and North Dakota State, 7-0, on Feb. 11. The team also notched a 15-2 win over North Dakota State, a 10-2 win over Central Florida and an 8-2 win over San Diego State to pull up one spot from the pre-season poll released last month.
With an 11-1 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma in five innings at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Arizona dropped to No. 2 in the poll. The Wildcats defeated Indiana 4-0, Utah 8-3, Nebraska 6-1, then No. 19 Texas A&M 6-3 and Cal Poly 14-0 (five), which helped the team five No. 1 votes.
Alabama again garnered one first place vote but remained No. 3. At the Hibbett/Easton All-Alabama Classic, the Crimson Tide went 5-0 with an 8-0 win over Samford, 18-0 win over Alabama A&M in five, 6-0 win over Jacksonville State, 6-0 win over South Alabama and 9-1 win over Troy in six.
No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Tennessee and No. 8 Michigan all retained their ranking from the pre-season poll with all but Oklahoma going undefeated. Arizona State improved one spot to No. 9 by beating then No. 22 Oklahoma State 1-0 and Oklahoma 4-3 at the Kajikawa Classic. The Sun Devils lost 3-1 to Utah in eight innings but still overtook Missouri, which dropped to No. 10 following a bye week.
No. 21 Texas Tech, No. 22 San Diego State, No. 24 Kentucky and No. 25 DePaul entered the rankings for the first time this season, replacing BYU, Florida State, Illinois and Ohio state, all of which went 2-3.
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 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed four World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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