EUGENE – Riding a 12-game win streak, the University of Oregon softball team (19-3) improved in both national polls in Tuesday’s fourth edition of the regular season.

The Ducks climbed four spots in the USA Softball edition to No. 8 and one spot in the NFCA version to No. 9.

No. 8/9 UO was one of four top-10 ranked teams in the Pac-12 this week by USA SB/NFCA with a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 3/3 Arizona State and No. 6/6 California - and No. 9/11 UCLA.

Overall, Oregon was one of eight league members that were ranked top 25 nationally this week by USA SB/NFCA with No. 16/19 Washington, No. 19/18 Stanford, No. 20/16 Arizona and No. -/23 Oregon State.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous edition follows: No. 3/3 Arizona State, No. 7/8 California, No. 12/10 Oregon, No. 10/11 UCLA, No. 18/19 Washington, No. 21/17 Arizona and No. 24/- Oregon State.

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by USA SB/NFCA – No. 1/2 Oklahoma, No. 4/4 Florida, No. 12/12 LSU, No. 14/14 Michigan, No. 24/21 Hawai’i and No. 22/- Nebraska. One other foe – Long Beach State – also picked up votes.

Overall in the top five, the top four teams stayed the same - No. 1/2 Alabama, No. 2/1 Oklahoma. No. 3/3 Arizona State and No. 4/4 Florida. Texas A&M remained No. 5 in the USA Softball edition, and Missouri climbed a spot to No. 5 in the NFCA version.

Oregon has now been ranked for 45 straight editions by USA Softball and 40 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 11/9, 2/26 12/10, 3/5 8/9. 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.

Last weekend in the Citrus Classic, Oregon staked its second straight perfect tourney mark (and sixth overall under fourth-year head coach Mike White).

UO’s six wins included convincing victories over No. 11 LSU (10-2 (5 innings)) and No. 14 Michigan (13-4 (6)) and NCAA tournament returnee Long Island (8-1). Oregon also beat Boston College (8-0 (6), Temple (11-4) and James Madison (12-1) – and the latter received votes in last week’s poll.

This week, the Ducks look ahead to four games in the Fresno State Classic, March 8-9.

UO first faces San Diego State and Fresno State on Friday at 1:30 and 6 p.m., and Iowa State and St. Mary's on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Next week, Oregon opens its home slate with a doubleheader vs. New Mexico on Wednesday, March 13 at 2 p.m.


NATIONAL POLLS #4 (3/5)
 
 

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Oklahoma (10)    18-1    489    1
2.    Alabama (10)    22-0    487    2
*3.    Arizona State    21-1    445    3
*4.    Florida    22-1    439    4
5.    Texas A&M    22-1    406    5
*6.    California    15-2    404    7
7.    Missouri    9-1    365    6
>8.    Oregon    19-3    343    12
*9.    UCLA    18-2    332    10
10.    Tennessee    19-3    328    9
11.    Texas    19-3    312    8
12.    LSU    17-4    270    11
13.    Louisville    16-3    237    16
*14.    Michigan    13-5    231    14
15.    Kentucky    16-3    224    17
*16.    Washington    14-5    176    18
17.    Baylor    19-3    168    20
18.    Louisiana-Lafayette    15-5    164    13
*19.    Stanford    17-5    163    15
*20.    Arizona    15-5    121    21
21.    Tulsa    15-5    97    19
*22.    Nebraska    14-5    92    25
23.    Virginia Tech    12-1    57    23
*24.    Hawaii    12-6    43    22
25.    North Carolina    15-6    38    RV

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa (18), Georgia (13), *Oregon State (12), South Alabama (10), Notre Dame (4), Mississippi State (4), SC Upstate (3), Florida State (2), South Florida (2), *Long Beach State (1)     

Dropped Out: Georgia
New to Poll: North Carolina

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013



USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 
https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
1    Alabama (27)    22-0    771    1
*2    Oklahoma (4)    18-1    742    2
*3    Arizona State    21-1    709    3
*4    Florida    22-1    689    4
5    Missouri    9-1    613    6
*6    California    15-2    600    8
7    Texas A&M    22-1    562    9
8    Tennessee    19-3    556    7
>9    Oregon    19-3    548    10
10    Texas    19-3    542    5
*11    UCLA    18-2    460    12
*12    LSU    17-4    429    11
13    Louisville    16-3    391    15
*14    Michigan    13-5    340    14
15    Louisiana Lafayette    15-5    313    13
*16    Arizona    15-5    298    17
17    Kentucky    16-3    285    19
*18    Stanford    17-5    258    16
*19    Washington    14-5    227    18
20    Baylor    19-3    203    22
*21    Hawai'i    12-6    160    20
22    Tulsa    15-5    134    21
*23    Oregon State    17-4    100    24
24    Georgia    12-7    52    23
25    North Carolina    15-6    31    RV
 
Others Receiving Votes:  *Nebraska (24), South Alabama (15), Mississippi State (6), Florida State (4), Pacific (4), Virginia Tech (4), Iowa (2), Notre Dame (2), USF (1).
 
Dropped Out:  #25 Florida State (13-8)
 
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

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