* UO's national stat rankings are available in the PDF link to the right, and updated season/career stats are available above.

 

EUGENE - Heading into its conference opener this weekend, the No. 21 University of Oregon softball team (24-5) improved four spots in this week's ESPN.com / USA Softball national poll after it raised its win streak to 11 games with a 6-0 mark last week.

UO picked up 74 votes in this week’s seventh edition - the third straight poll that it has been ranked top 25. Oregon's ranking  was its highest since ending the 2008 campaign tabbed No. 20 and No. 23 in the NFCA and USA Softball editions.

In recent weeks, the Ducks stood 25th in both the fifth and sixth editions, and received votes in three other USA Softball editions – the preseason, and third (3/1) and fourth (3/8) week polls.  UO also received votes in the last two NFCA editions.

Six Pac-10 teams were tabbed top 15 this week in the USA Softball / NFCA rankings - Washington (1/1), Arizona (2/3), UCLA (5/5), Arizona State (10/7), Stanford (11/9) and California (14/14). Seven other teams on UO’s schedule in ’10 were also sighted – No. 18/20 Texas A&M, No. -/24 Notre Dame, No. 25/- BYU, Fresno State, Hawai’i, San Diego State and Texas Tech.

Complete NFCA and USA Softball preseason polls are available at the http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1 and http://www.usasoftball.com/news.asp?uid=5398 URL addresses.

As a team this week, UO ranked second nationally in ERA (1.16) and seventh nationally in batting (.338). UO’s other top-40 rankings follow: win-loss percentage (15th, .828), slugging (15th, .536), home runs (25th, 1.10 per game), doubles per game (1.55 pg) and scoring (41st, 5.55 runs pg).

Individually at the plate, freshman Samantha Pappas ranked eighth nationally in batting (.488) and top 50 in slugging (15th, .893), home runs (38th, 0.31 pg) and RBI (1.03 pg), and Allie Burger stood 16th in batting (.459).

On the mound, freshman Jessica Moore stood 15th in ERA (0.94), and also top 50 in strikeouts (24th, 10 per 7.0 innings avg.), hits allowed (4.01 per 7.0 inn. avg.) and walks allowed (50th, 1.73 per 7.00 inn. avg.), and was tied for 19th nationally with junior Brittany Rumfelt in the saves category (2).

Fans can find the Ducks’ national stat rankings updated every Tuesday on the NCAA website at the http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv/ranksummary?sportCode=WSB URL address.

On Monday, Moore and Pappas were tabbed the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week after UO scored doubleheader wins last week at home over Idaho State (19-0, 13-0) and Seattle (5-3, 4-0) and at Portland State (3-2, 2-0). The Ducks’ initial run output (19) vs. the Bengals was a new school record by two runs. In the other game vs. ISU, Moore and Samantha Skillingstad combined on a five-inning perfect game – the 18th no-hitter in school history.

Pappas led the team in batting (.615), slugging (1.077), on-base percentage (.684), hits (8), RBI (10), home runs (2), walks (5), total bases (14) and stolen bases (3-for-3), hit her first career grand slam and had a team season high 5 RBI (and the ninth-best total in school history) in the 19-0 win over Idaho State.

Moore went 3-0, averaged more than two strikeouts per inning (29 / 14 innings), and led the team in strikeouts (29 in 14 innings), ERA (0.00) and opposing batting average (.082).  She struck out 11 Idaho State batters in four innings – the eighth-best mark in school history - in the 13-0 victory and five-inning perfect game. Earlier in the week, she K’ed eight in her three innings in the 4-0 win over Seattle, and 10 batters in her 3-2 complete game win vs. PSU.

In late February, Burger was accorded similar Pac-10 POW honors after a nearly flawless week at the plate in the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs. The Spokane, Wash., native led the Ducks in batting (.800, 8-for-10), hits (8), total bases (8-tied), slugging (.800) and on-base percentage (.818), and knocked in the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning of a win vs. then-No. 19 Texas A&M, and also had an RBI in the win vs. Hawai’i.

This week, the Ducks head to Corvallis and open Pac-10 play with a three-game stand at Oregon State (19-14), Thursday-Saturday, April 1-3.  All three games are moved up an hour earlier than originally scheduled with the Thursday and Friday games now set for 3 p.m., and Saturday’s finale now a noon start.


NATIONAL POLLS (3/30) – Week #7


ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Washington (25)    28-2    500    1
*2.    Arizona    28-3    474    2
3.    Michigan    24-5    458    3
4.    Missouri     23-4    429    4
*5.    UCLA    26-4    423    5
6.    Alabama    24-9    355    5
7.    Georgia Tech    29-5    352    8
8.    Georgia    24-6    336    7
9.    Florida    23-4    331    13
*10.    Arizona State    31-4    323    11
*11.    Stanford    25-5    317    T9
12.    LSU    28-4    313    12
13.    Oklahoma    27-8    312    T9
*14.    California    28-6    241    14
15.    Oklahoma State    29-7    212    16
16.    Florida State    31-6    188    18
17.    Texas    26-8    165    15
18.    Texas A&M    29-7    164    17
19.    Tennessee    25-7    133    21
20.    Illinois    23-4    124    20
**21. Oregon    24-5    74    25
22.    North Carolina    24-10    71    19
23.    Ohio State    18-10    57    22
24.    Baylor    19-10    33    23
*25.    BYU    20-7    24    RV

Others receiving votes:  *San Diego State (15), DePaul (14), Louisville (14), Fordham (10), *Hawai'i (8), UMass (8), *Notre Dame (4), Tennessee-Martin (4), *Texas Tech (4), ULL (3), Ball State (2), *Fresno State (2), Arkansas (1), Central Florida (1), Hofstra (1).

Dropped Out: Louisville
New to Poll: BYU

(Parenthesis) Denotes first place votes.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2010

 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208

Rk    Team (1st Place Vts) Record    Totals    Prev
*1     Washington (29)     28-2     747     1
2     Michigan     24-5     699     2
*3     Arizona     28-3     691     4
4     Missouri     23-4     643     3
*5     UCLA     26-4     640     5
6     Florida (1)     23-4     601     6
*7     Arizona State     31-4     556     8
8     Alabama     24-9     523     7
*9     Stanford     25-4     514     9
10     Georgia Tech     29-5     458     11
11     Georgia     24-6     433     10
12     LSU     28-4     423     13
13     Oklahoma     27-8     404     12
*14     California     28-6     392     14
15     Oklahoma State     29-7     325     15
16     Tennessee     25-7     266     17
17     Texas     26-8     244     16
18     Illinois     23-4     230     18
19     Florida State     31-6     225     20
*20     Texas A&M     29-7     194     19
21     Ohio State     18-10     113     22
22     North Carolina     24-10     91     21
23     Massachusetts     17-7     86     24
*24     Notre Dame     24-5     42     NR
25     Louisville     21-12     39     23

Others receiving votes: *BYU 34, **Oregon 30, *Hawaii 25, *Texas Tech 16, Fordham 15, Baylor 14, *San Diego St. 12, DePaul 10, Tenn.-Martin 5, Hofstra 2, *Fresno St. 2, Virginia 2, Lipscomb 1, Kentucky 1.

Dropped out: Baylor

-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.

 



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