Arizona State Takes Back No. 1
OKLAHOMA City, Okla. – The Arizona State Sun Devils snapped a three-week No. 1 streak for the UCLA Bruins as ASU was named the No. 1 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Poll announced today by the Amateur Softball Association. Being the top team in the nation is a familiar place to ASU as they spent four weeks, beginning March 4, at the top of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Poll.
Arizona State and No. 4 UCLA are the only schools in the top five to earn a loss with No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Florida and No. 5 Michigan all going undefeated this past weekend. Arizona State began their competition with a 3-0 shutout over then No.1 UCLA before wrapping up the weekend with a 3-0 loss to then No.23 Washington. UCLA fell to No. 4 after going 1-2 with losses against ASU and then No. 7 Arizona.
It was a close race for second as No. 3 Florida was only three points behind No. 2 Alabama as well as had two first place votes to Alabama’s one first-place vote. Alabama went 4-0 with an SEC conference sweep of Auburn while Florida swept then No. 19 Georgia.
The top 25 teams remain the same for the second-consecutive 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/