EUGENE – After an impressive 5-1 week vs. then-No. 4 California and Utah, the Pac-12 leading University of Oregon softball team (33-6, 10-2) staked the biggest improvement among the top 10 in this week’s national polls.

On Tuesday, Oregon was tabbed No. 6 by USA Softball and No. 7 by the NFCA en route to its 11th straight top-10 national ranking.

In the ninth editions of the regular season, No. 6/7 UO was one of three top-10 ranked teams in the Pac-12 this week with a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 2/2 Arizona State and No. 8/9 California.

Overall, Oregon was one of seven league members that ranked top 25 nationally in the USA SB/NFCA polls this week with No. 13/14 Washington, No. 15/16 Stanford, No. 21/19 UCLA and No. 22/17 Arizona.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous USA SB/NFCA edition follows: No. 2/2 Arizona State, No. 4/5 California, No. 9/10 Oregon, No. 14/14 Stanford, No. 15/15 UCLA, No. 15/17 Washington, No. 22/19 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. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 4/3 Florida, No. 12/12 Michigan, No. 14/13 LSU, No. 18/22 Nebraska and No. 20/15 Hawai’i.

The top two teams in the USA SB/NFCA polls stayed steady from last week - No. 1/1 Oklahoma and No. 2/2 Arizona State.

The remaining teams in the NFCA top five remained the same, while the same USA Softball slots changed.  No. 3 Tennessee climbed two spots after it swept Georgia in Athens; No. 5 Alabama improved two positions after it went 2-1 vs. Missouri at home; No. 4 Florida dropped a spot after it went 3-1 last week vs. Central Florida and Mississippi State.

Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 50 straight polls by USA Softball and 45 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 – Preseason 6/5, 2/12 7/9, 2/19 9/11, 2/26 12/10, 3/5 8/9, 3/12 9/10, 3/19 10/10, 3/26 10/10, 4/2 9/10, 4/9 6/7. 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.

In this week’s NCAA RPI rankings, UO also moved up one spot to fourth overall. Oregon stood tops in the Pac-12, ahead of #6 California, #7 Washington, #8 Arizona State, #17 Stanford, #22 UCLA, #26 Arizona, #36 Oregon State and #71 Utah.

This week, the Ducks host eight-time national champion and No. 17 Arizona (26-13, 4-5) for three single games, Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, and the finale will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.

Promotions-wise, fans that wear pink to ‘Strike Out Cancer Day’ to Friday’s game vs. Arizona (4/12) at 5 p.m. will get $3 admission. The Ducks’ special pink jerseys will be auctioned off during the game sponsored by Carl’s Jr.

Saturday’s game vs. the Wildcats (4/13) at 2 p.m. is Spirit / Yellow Out Day, and fans that wear yellow will get reduced ticket prices ($3 adults / $2 kids). Duck softball player trading cards will also be available for the first time as well as 50 mini-posters, and kids can get autographs after the game.

Sunday’s Arizona finale (4/14) at noon is ASA Day, and kids that wear their softball/baseball uniforms to the game will get $2 tickets. The contest is also a BiMart 2-for-1 ticket deal for fans that show their BiMart cards at the gate.



NATIONAL POLLS #9 (4/9)
 
 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=7248

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1.     Oklahoma (20)    34-2    500    1
*2.     Arizona State    36-4    476    2
3.    Tennessee    34-6    451    5
*4.     Florida    38-4    438    3
5.     Alabama    35-6    405    7
>6.    Oregon    33-6    388    9
7.    Texas    35-4    374    8
*8.    California    30-6    361    4
9.    Missouri    23-4    359    6
10.    Louisville    32-6    310    11
11.    Texas A&M    31-7    303    10
*12.    Michigan    31-7    293    12
*13.    Washington    31-10    253    T15
*14.    LSU    33-8    245    13
*15.    Stanford    27-12    214    14
16.    Baylor    29-10    165    17
17.    Tulsa    31-9-1    158    18
*18.    Nebraska    28-8    150    19
19.    Kentucky    27-10    143    20
*20.    Hawaii    31-7    129    21
*21.    UCLA    26-13    93    T15
*22.    Arizona    26-13    80    22
23.    South Alabama    34-7    63    24
24.    North Carolina    31-13    46    25
25.    Florida State    31-13    29    RV

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin (19), SC Upstate (16), South Florida (10), Iowa (6), UAB (5), Minnesota (5), Georgia (4), Virginia Tech (3), Louisiana-Lafayette (3), *San Diego State (1), Ball State (1), Arkansas (1)

New to Poll: Florida State; Dropped Out: Wisconsin
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    Oklahoma (31)    34-2    775    1
*2    Arizona State    36-4    735    2
*3    Florida    38-4    699    3
4    Alabama    35-6    673    4
5    Tennessee    34-6    655    6
6    Texas    35-4    588    8
>7    Oregon    33-6    574    10
8    Missouri    23-4    566    7
*9    California    30-6    542    5
10    Texas A&M    31-7    525    9
11    Louisville    32-6    475    11
*12    Michigan    31-7    440    12
*13    LSU    33-8    393    13
*14    Washington    31-10    352    17
*15    Hawai'i    31-7    336    16
*16    Stanford    27-12    326    14
*17    Arizona    26-13    228    19
18    Kentucky    27-10    211    21
*19    UCLA    26-13    193    15
20    Baylor    29-10    184    18
21    Tulsa    31-9-1    161    20
*22    Nebraska    28-8    145    22
23    South Alabama    34-7    128    23
24    USC Upstate    32-3    40    RV
25    North Carolina    31-13    33    RV
 
Others Receiving Votes:  USF (22), *Oregon State (19), Wisconsin (16), Florida State (13), Louisiana-Lafayette (11), Virginia Tech (8), Notre Dame (4), Georgia (2), Minnesota (2), Iowa (1).
 
Dropped Out:  No. 24 Oregon State (24-14), No. 25 Wisconsin (28-6)
 
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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