EUGENE – After last weekend’s 4-1 trip to Las Vegas, the University of Oregon softball team (8-3) claimed its fourth straight top-10 national ranking in the regular season’s second editions released Tuesday.

Dropping two spots in both the NFCA and USA Softball editions, No. 9/11 UO was the third-highest ranked team in the Pac-12 this week behind a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 3/3 Arizona State and No. 8/8 California.

Oregon was one of seven league members that ranked top 25 nationally this week with No. 14/19 Arizona, No. 16/13 UCLA, No. 20/17 Stanford and No. 22/22 Washington. An eighth league team (Oregon State) received votes in the NFCA poll.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 team rankings from the previous edition follows: No. 3/3 Arizona State, No. 7/9 Oregon, No. 9/8 California, No. 16/19 Arizona, No. 18/16 Washington, No. 19/18 UCLA and No. 22/20 Stanford.

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. 11/10 LSU, No. 15/15 Michigan and No. 19/20 Hawai’i.

Two other upcoming Duck foes also picked up votes - Nebraska and San Diego State.

Overall in the top five, all top six teams in both polls held steady, and complete polls follow at the bottom.

Oregon has now been ranked for 43 straight editions by USA Softball and 36 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, 2/19 9/11. 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 Easton Desert Classic hosted by UNLV, UO scored a pair of shutouts over Louisiana-Monroe (4-0) and Cal State Fullerton (6-0), and also topped NCAA tourney returnee Long Beach State (10-1) and Utah Valley (9-1 (6 innings)). Its only loss was a 6-5 decision to then-No. 20 Hawai’i.

This week, the Ducks look ahead to five games in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic near Palm Springs. UO faces Virginia (4-4) on Friday; Cal Poly (2-8) and Nebraska (9-1) on Saturday; and UNLV (5-5) and San Diego State (6-4) on Sunday.  

 
NATIONAL POLLS #1 (2/19)

 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll  

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

Rk Team Record Totals Prev
1 Alabama (20) 10-0 762 1
*2 Oklahoma (11) 10-0 755 2
*3 Arizona State 12-0 709 3
4 Tennessee 10-0 681 4
*5 Florida 12-0 654 5
6 Texas 11-0 615 6
7 Missouri 5-0 579 8
*8 California 7-2 535 9
>9 Oregon 8-3 521 7
10 Texas A&M 10-0 505 11
*11 LSU 10-1 497 10
12 Louisiana Lafayette 7-1 404 15
13 Georgia 6-2 386 13
*14 Arizona 8-2 345 16
*15 Michigan 6-2 327 14
*16 UCLA 8-1 304 19
17 USF 6-3 287 12
18 Louisville 8-2 239 17
*19 Hawai'i 8-4 230 20
*20 Stanford 10-2 203 22
21 Kentucky 8-3 167 24
*22 Washington 6-5 123 18
23 Florida State 7-2 58 25
24 Tulsa 7-3 53 RV
25 Baylor 10-2 46 RV
 
Others Receiving Votes:  North Carolina (31), Virginia Tech (24), South Alabama (10), Ohio State (9), *Oregon State (8), Hofstra (4), Georgia Tech (45).
 
Dropped Out:  #21 Hofstra (2-3), #23 North Carolina (7-5)
 
Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

-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 (16) 10-0 496 1
2. Alabama (4) 10-0 480 2
*3. Arizona State 12-0 455 3
4. Tennessee 10-0 445 4
*5. Florida 12-0 408 5
6. Texas 11-0 393 6
7. Missouri 5-0 378 7
*8. California 7-2 356 8
9. Texas A&M 10-0 343 10
*10. LSU 10-1 323 11
>11. Oregon 8-3 299 9
12. Louisiana-Lafayette 7-1 243 15
*13. UCLA 8-1 228 18
14. South Florida 6-3 219 12
*15. Michigan 6-2 217 13
16. Georgia 6-2 211 14
*17. Stanford 10-2 156 20
18. Louisville 8-2 155 T16
*19. Arizona 8-2 146 19
20. Kentucky 8-3 141 22
*21. Hawaii 9-2 103 23
*22. Washington 6-5 92 T16
23. Florida State 7-2 62 21
24. Tulsa 7-3 40 RV
25. Baylor 10-2 37 RV
 
Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech (33), Georgia Tech (26), South Alabama (9), *San Diego State (3), Hofstra (2), *Nebraska (1)

New to Poll: Tulsa, Baylor
Dropped Out: Hofstra, Georgia Tech


Parenthesis denotes first place votes.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013 



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