Looking ahead to its final weekend of non-conference action, the University of Oregon softball team (22-4) stood top 15 in the NFCA national poll for the seventh straight week.

UO held steady in the both the NFCA and USA Softball editions and stood 15th and 16th, respectively, after it went 4-0 last weekend in its home opener.

Among the current polls, 10 Duck foes this season ranked top 25 (NFCA / USA SB): Alabama (1/1), Washington (6/6), Arizona State (5/5), Arizona (9/9), UCLA (7/13), California (10/8), Stanford (13/12), Hawaii (21/25), Louisiana-Lafayette (19/20) and Texas A&M (22/21).

Two other Duck opponents, BYU and North Carolina, each received votes in at least one poll.

Overall in the both editions, Alabama jumped to the top spot after it swept the former No. 1, Georgia, in a three-game series last weekend. Florida stood second in both; Michigan also moved into the top five for the first time and split the third and fourth spots with Georgia; and Arizona State stood fifth in both.

Oregon has now been ranked for 19 straight editions by USA Softball and 14 straight polls by the NFCA. Week-by-week NFCA/USA SB rankings this year for UO follow: 3/16 (16/15), 3/9 (15/14), 3/2 (13/13), 2/22 (13/13), 2/15 (14/14), Preseason (14/14).

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.

Last weekend, the Ducks went 4-0 in Eugene at Howe Field with 6-1 and 6-2 wins over Weber State, and 11-3 and 9-0 decisions over Utah State.

Sophomore Jessica Moore pitched the 18th no-hitter all-time for UO vs. the Wildcats, and came back with her eighth career shutout vs. the Aggies (and now ranks 10th all-time for UO). Senior starter Brittany Rumfelt and junior Mikayla Endicott yielded only one hit in the other game vs. Weber State, and junior Samantha Skillingstad (7-0) tied her career-high in strikeouts (12) vs. Utah State.

At the plate vs. Weber, seven different Ducks homered in the two tilts. Against the Aggies, freshman Kailee Cuico tied the school record for doubles in a game by former All-American Kathy Stahl (3) and led the team to a game record (7), too.

For the weekend, two Ducks hit .500: senior Monique Fuiava (4-for-8, 3 doubles, 5 RBI) and Cuico (4-for-8, 5 RBI), and seven others topped .300: freshman Courtney Ceo (.429, 6H, 5 RBI, 2 HR, 2 SB), sophomore Kaylan Howard (.429, 1 2B, 1 HR), Peterson (.429, 1 2B), sophomore Allie Burger (.364), junior Lindsey Chambers (.333, 1 HR), sophomore Samantha Pappas (.300, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) and junior Kelsey Chambers (.300, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI).

Looking ahead, UO plays a doubleheader at Portland State that starts at 2 p.m. at Erv Lind Stadium. The Ducks then travel to the Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo, Fri.-Sun., March 25-27 and face Cal Poly, UNLV and Fairfield.

The following weekend, UO opens play at No. 6 Washington (22-2) with single games, Friday-Sunday, April 1-3, and the first contest set to be televised by Fox Sports Net.



ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Alabama (16)    29-1    496    2
2.    Florida (4)    29-1    482    3
3.    Michigan    29-2    444    6
4.    Georgia    23-4    434    1
*5.    Arizona State    30-2    431    5
*6.    Washington    23-2    385    4
7.    Oklahoma    26-7    351    8
*8.    California    21-3    342    9
*9.    Arizona    26-6    337    7
10.    Texas    24-3    308    14
11.    Tennessee    23-4    296    T11
*12.    Stanford    17-3    292    10
T13.    Missouri    22-3    273    13
*T13.    UCLA    20-5    273    T11
15.    Baylor    24-4    204    15
>16.    Oregon    22-4    201    16
17.    Oklahoma State    25-6    175    18
18.    Nebraska     24-3    174    17
19.    Texas Tech    35-1    119    22
*20.    ULL    17-10    105    19
*21.    Texas A&M    26-7    91    23
22.    Auburn    25-4    81    24
23.    Kentucky    19-6    59    21
24.    LSU    17-12    39    25
*25.    Hawaii    22-9    32    20

Others receiving votes:  Georgia Tech (26); Notre Dame (14); *BYU (9); Fresno State (9); Syracuse (7); UAB (4); SC Upstate (4); Kansas (2); Long Beach State (1)

Dropped Out: None
New to Poll: None

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2011


 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 

http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1    Alabama    29-1    744    3
2    Florida    30-1    723    2
3    Georgia    23-4    664    1
4    Michigan    29-2    659    5
*5    Arizona State    30-2    620    6
*6    Washington    22-2    609    4
*7    UCLA    20-5    529    8
8    Texas    24-3    524    12
*9    Arizona    26-6    516    7
*10    California    21-3    460    10
11    Tennessee    23-4    443    11
12    Oklahoma    26-7    437    9
*13    Stanford    17-3    391    13
14    Nebraska    24-3    361    14
>15    Oregon    22-4    337    15
16    Missouri    22-3    303    17
17    Baylor    24-4    259    18
18    Oklahoma State    25-6    218    20
*19    La.-Lafayette    24-5    208    19
20    Texas Tech    35-1    180    21
*21    Hawaii    22-9    143    16
*22    Texas A&M    26-7    133    22
23    Auburn    25-4    113    23
24    Kentucky    19-6    56    24
25    LSU    17-12    29    25

Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech 14, Syracuse 10, Kansas 9, Fresno St. 8, *BYU 5, S.C. Upstate 2, Long Beach St. 1, *North Carolina 1, Notre Dame 1
 
Dropped Out: None

-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 2011

 


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