EUGENE – After last weekend’s season-opener in Tempe, the University of Oregon softball team (4-2) staked its third straight top-10 national ranking in the regular season’s first editions released Tuesday.

Tabbed No. 7 by NFCA and No. 9 by USA Softball, the Ducks were the second-highest ranked team in the Pac-12 this week behind No. 3/3 Arizona State.

UO was one of seven league members that ranked top 25 nationally this week with No. 9/8 California, No. 16/19 Arizona, No. 18/16 Washington, No. 19/18 UCLA and No. 22/20 Stanford.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12's teams rankings from the previous edition follows: No. 3/3 California, No. 4/4 ASU, No. 13/14 Arizona, No. 16/16 Washington, No. 19/19 UCLA and No. 21/20 Stanford – and an eighth team (Oregon State) received votes in both polls.

Five other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by the NFCA/USA Softball – No. 2/1 Oklahoma, No. 5/5 Florida, No. 10/11 LSU, No. 14/13 Michigan and No. 20/23 Hawai’i.

Compared to last month’s preseason edition, Oklahoma moved up one spot in the USA Softball poll, ASU climbed one spot in each edition, and both No. 4/4 Tennessee and No. 5/5 Florida made their first appearances in the top five in 2013.

Oregon has now been ranked for 42 straight editions by USA Softball and 35 straight polls by the NFCA. UO's week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 – Preseason 6/5, 2/12 9/7. 2012 - Preseason 11th/16th, 2/14 19/19, 2/21 21/19, 2/28 18/18, 3/6 15/18; 3/13 14/17; 3/20 15/17; 3/27 16/17; 4/3 17/18; 4/10 15/19; 4/17 14/18; 4/25 15/16; 5/2 12/13; 5/9 12/13; 5/16 12/12; 6/12 5/5. 2011 - Preseason 14th/14th, 2/15 14th/14th, 2/22 13th/13th, 3/2 13th/13th, 3/9 15th/14th, 3/16 16th/15th, 3/23 15th/16th, 3/30 14th/15th, 4/5 15th/16th, 4/12 17th/17th, 4/19 19th/21th, 4/26 16th/19th, 5/3 12th/17th, 5/10 11th/14th, 5/17 11th/12th, 6/15 14th/15th. 2010 - 3/8 25th/-; 3/15 25th/-; 3/22 21st/-; 3/29 21st/ RV; 4/5 17th/ RV; 4/12 17th/23rd; 4/19 18th/20th; 4/26 19th/20th; 5/3 20th/22nd; 5/5 20th/22nd; 5/10 21st-t/22nd; 6/15 14th/14th.

More information on the USA Softball and NFCA polls are available at the http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=6632 and https://nfca.org/index.php/component/nfca/?top25=1&list=1&year=2012&pdiv=div1 URL addresses.

In last week’s Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., UO staked its fourth straight season-opening win under head coach Mike White with its 8-0, five-inning victory over Western Michigan. Oregon also topped Stephen F. Austin (8-1), San Jose State (7-1) and Boise State (9-1 (6), and lost to then- No. 14 Florida (1-0) and then-No. 2 Oklahoma (12-0 (5)). 

This week, the Ducks look ahead to five games in the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, and face Ohio (4-1) and Long Beach State (2-1) on Friday; Louisiana-Monroe (3-1) and No. 20 Hawai’i (5-1) on Saturday; and Cal State Fullerton (2-2) on Sunday. 

More tourney information is available at the www..UNLVrebels.com website at the http://bit.ly/Xsug5M URL address.



NATIONAL POLLS #1 (2/12) 

 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll  

https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk Team Record Totals Prev
1 Alabama (21) 5-0 763 1
*2 Oklahoma (10) 5-0 754 2
*3 Arizona State 7-0 710 4
4 Tennessee 5-0 668 6
*5 Florida 5-0 610 14
6 Texas 5-0 604 7
>7 Oregon 4-2 574 5
8 Missouri 0-0 557 8
*9 California 2-2 532 3
*10 LSU 4-1 516 10
11 Texas A&M 4-0 439 17
12 USF 3-1 433 12
13 Georgia 3-2 360 9
*14 Michigan 3-1 352 15
15 Louisiana Lafayette 2-1 335 11
*16 Arizona 3-2 285 13
17 Louisville 4-1 269 18
*18 Washington 4-2 263 16
*19 UCLA 3-1 224 19
*20 Hawai'i 5-1 193 23
21 Hofstra 0-0 167 20
*22 Stanford 4-2 147 21
23 North Carolina 3-2 93 22
24 Kentucky 4-2 79 RV
25 Florida State 4-0 74 25
 
Dropped Out:  #24 Baylor (3-2)
 
Others Receiving Votes:  Georgia Tech (30), Baylor (13), DePaul (10), Ohio State (8), Tulsa (7), Virginia Tech (3), Syracuse (2), South Alabama (1).

-The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches representing each conference. First-place votes are in parentheses.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248

Rk Team Record Totals Prev
*1. Oklahoma (12) 5-0 492 2
2. Alabama (8) 5-0 487 1
*3. Arizona State 7-0 456 4
4. Tennessee 5-0 435 5
*5. Florida 5-0 388 15
6. Texas 5-0 372 9
7. Missouri 0-0 368 7
*8. California 2-2 353 3
>9. Oregon 4-2 336 6
10. Texas A&M 4-0 299 17
*11. LSU 4-1 298 12
12. South Florida 3-1 285 10
*13. Michigan 3-1 256 13
14. Georgia 3-2 213 8
15. Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 192 11
T16. Louisville 4-1 175 18
*T16. Washington 4-2 175 16
*18. UCLA 3-1 162 19
*19. Arizona 3-2 134 14
*20. Stanford 4-2 122 20
21. Florida State 4-0 105 24
22. Kentucky 4-2 102 RV
*23. Hawaii 5-1 96 25
24. Georgia Tech 5-0 47 RV
25. Hofstra 0-0 41 T22
 
Others receiving votes: North Carolina (40); Baylor (36); Virginia Tech (10); South Alabama (8); *San Diego State (6); Tulsa (5); Syracuse (2); DePaul (2); Mississippi State (2)

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

New to Poll: Kentucky, Georgia Tech
Dropped Out: North Carolina, Baylor


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013 



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