EUGENE – After winning the Civil War series last weekend by a 2-1 margin, the University of Oregon softball team (26-6) was tabbed No. 21 for the second straight week in the ESPN.com / USA Softball national poll Tuesday.

UO’s 91 votes in this week’s eighth edition were 17 more than last week and the fourth straight poll that it 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 21st last week, 25th in the fifth and sixth editions, and received votes in three other USA Softball polls – the preseason, third (3/1) and fourth (3/8) week polls.  UO also picked up 23 votes in Tuesday’s USA Today / NFCA Poll – the first team outside the top 25 - and received votes for the third straight week.

Six Pac-10 teams were again tabbed top 15 this week in the USA Softball / NFCA editions - Washington (1/1), Arizona (2/3), UCLA (4/5), Arizona State (10/9), Stanford (9/8) and California (15/13). Seven other teams on UO’s schedule in ’10 also received votes – No. 20/21 Texas A&M, No. -/23 Notre Dame, No. -/25 Hawai’i, BYU, Fresno State, San Diego State and Texas Tech.

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

Glancing at this week’s national rankings, the Ducks jumped to second nationally in batting average (.346) after hitting .400 last weekend vs. the Beavers (39-for-95) – a stretch that included a school record 19 hits vs. in the first game (and 11 and nine the next two games, respectively).

The Ducks also stood seventh nationally in ERA (1.38), 13th in slugging (0.540), 14th in win-loss percentage (.813), 18th in doubles (1.63 per game) and 27th in home runs (1.06 per game).

On the individual front, freshman right fielder Samantha Pappas ranked fifth nationally in batting (.500), 15th in on-base percentage (.559), 16th in slugging (.865), 33rd in RBI (1.06 per game) and 45th in home runs (9). Fellow frosh outfielder Allie Burger stood 14th in batting (.460), and sophomore infielder Kelsey Chambers ranked 102nd in RBI (0.84 per game).

Freshman Jessica Moore was equally easy to find on this week’s NCAA pitching stat charts in ERA (15th, 1.02), fewest hits allowed (24th, 4.21 per 7 innings), strikeouts (25th, 9.9 per 7 inning average), strikeouts (45th, 145) and wins (60th, 12), and is tied for 26th nationally in saves (2) with junior Brittany Rumfelt.

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.

This week, the Ducks host No. 13 California (29-8) for single games at Howe Field Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at noon. The Bears went 1-2 vs. No. 8 Stanford last weekend and won 6-0 Saturday at 6 p.m., and lost to the Cardinal, 5-1, Friday, and 1-0, Thursday.

 
USA Softball / Espn.com Poll #8
Rk.    Team (1st Pl.)    Record    Pts    Prev
*1.    Washington (24)    30-3    499    1
*2.    Arizona    30-4    473    2
3.    Michigan (1)    26-5    465    3
*4.    UCLA    27-6    430    5
5.    Florida    27-4    396    9
6.    Georgia Tech    32-5    394    7
7.    Alabama    27-9    388    6
8.    Missouri    25-6    354    4
*9.    Stanford    27-5    339    11
*10.    Arizona State    32-6    295    10
11.    Oklahoma State    32-7    287    15
12.    Georgia    26-8    283    8
13.    Oklahoma    29-8    270    13
14.    LSU    29-7    239    12
*15.    California    29-8    231    14
16.    Florida State    33-7    199    16
17.    Texas    31-8    191    17
18.    Tennessee    29-7    159    19
19.    Illinois    26-4    140    20
*20.    Texas A&M    30-9    107    18
**21. Oregon    26-5    91    21
22.    Ohio State    21-10    68    23
23.    Baylor    19-10    50    24
24.    North Carolina    27-13    23    22
25.    UMass    21-7    22    RV

Others Receiving Votes:  *BYU (19), Arkansas (17), *Hawaii (17), DePaul (12), *Notre Dame (11), Louisville (9), *San Diego State (8), Fordham (7), ULL (2), Hofstra (2), Kentucky (2), *Texas Tech (1).

Dropped Out: BYU

New to Poll: UMass

 

USA Today / NFCA Poll #8
Rk.    Team (1st Pl.)    Record    Pts    Prev
*1    Washington (28)    30-3    747    1
2    Michigan (2)    26-5    715    2
*3    Arizona    30-4    685    3
4    Florida    27-4    655    6
*5    UCLA    27-6    632    5
6    Alabama    27-9    589    8
7    Missouri    25-6    550    4
*8    Stanford    27-5    527    9
*9    Arizona State    32-6    515    7
10    Georgia Tech    32-5    481    10
11    Oklahoma    29-8    439    13
12    Oklahoma State    32-7    412    15
*13    California    29-8    358    14
14    LSU    29-7    340    12
15    Georgia    26-8    328    11
16    Texas    31-8    307    17
17    Tennessee    29-7    295    16
18    Illinois    26-4    244    18
19    Florida State    33-7    204    19
20    Ohio State    21-10    179    21
*21    Texas A&M    30-9    139    20
22    Massachusetts    21-7    119    23
*23    Notre Dame    26-6    67    24
23    Louisville    24-12    67    25
*25    Hawaii    28-11    35    RV
 
Others Receiving Votes: **Oregon 23, North Carolina 21, *BYU 18, Baylor 18, Fordham 10, Hofstra 7, Lipscomb 7, *Fresno State 5, Arkansas 4, *San Diego State 3, Virginia 2, Kentucky 2, La.-Lafayette 1

Dropped Out: No. 22 North Carolina
 

Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.

 

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