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Ducks Soar to No. 4 and No. 6 in National Polls #11
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 04/23/2013
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EUGENE - This week, the Pac-12 leading University of Oregon softball team (38-6, 13-2) improved a position in both the USA Softball and NFCA national polls released Tuesday.

The No. 4 Ducks logged their highest ranking ever in the USA Softball edition after they matched their previous best last week (fifth) and in the preseason.

In the NFCA version, UO also climbed a spot to No. 6 – its second-best of the season behind its preseason No. 5 slot.

No. 4/6 UO was one of three top-10 ranked teams in the Pac-12 with a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 5/5 Arizona State and No. 10/10 California.

Overall, Oregon was one of seven league members that ranked top 25 nationally in the USA SB/NFCA polls this week with No. 13/13 Washington, No. 15/17 Stanford, No. 16/16 UCLA and No. -/23 Arizona.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous USA SB/NFCA edition follows: No. 3/2 Arizona State, No. 5/7 Oregon, No. 10/10 California, No. 14/14 Washington, No. 15/16 Stanford, No. 19/18 UCLA and No. 25/22 Arizona.

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by USA SB/NFCA – No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 3/2 Florida, No. 9/9 Michigan, No. 12/12 LSU, No. 16/20 Nebraska and No. 20/14 Hawai’i.

Altogether, No. 1/1 Oklahoma remained atop the national rankings, and the remaining top-five teams included No. 2/3 Tennessee, No. 3/2 Florida, No. 4/6 Oregon, No. 5/5/ Arizona State and No. 6/4 Alabama.
 
The past four seasons, Oregon has now been ranked for 55 straight polls by USA Softball and 50 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 (12 weeks-USA SB / 12 weeks-NFCA) – 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, 4/16 5/7, 4/23 4/6. 2012 (16/16) - 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 (16/16) - 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 (11/6) - 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; 5/10 21st-t/22nd; 6/15 14th/14th.

In this week’s NCAA RPI rankings, UO held steady at fourth overall. Oregon stood tops in the Pac-12, ahead of #8 Washington, #12 California, #13 Arizona State, #18 Stanford, #21 UCLA, #28 Arizona, #36 Oregon State and #61 Utah.

This week, UO heads to 11-time national champion and No. 19 UCLA (30-15, 7-11) for a three-game set at Easton Stadium on Friday-Sunday, April 26-28.

Next week, Oregon returns home for its final home action of the regular season.

The Ducks first host Seattle for a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 1 at 1 p.m., then welcome Oregon State, Friday-Sunday, May 3-5.

All three games from the Civil War series will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network, and the 1 p.m. finale will feature a special pre-game Senior Day ceremony.

 


THIS WEEK’S NATIONAL POLLS #11 (4/23)
 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll  
https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1    Oklahoma (27)    39-3    767    1
*2    Florida (4)    45-5    746    3
3    Tennessee    42-6    693    5
4    Alabama    40-7    665    4
*5    Arizona State    39-7    648    2
>6    Oregon    38-6    622    7
7    Texas    39-6    609    6
8    Louisville    42-6    573    8
*9    Michigan    39-7    531    9
*10    California    35-9    489    10
11    Missouri    26-7    465    12
*12    LSU    37-11    430    11
*13    Washington    34-13    392    14
*14    Hawai'i    37-8    366    15
15    Texas A&M    35-12    307    13
*16    UCLA    30-15    299    18
*17    Stanford    29-15    256    16
18    South Alabama    40-7    236    20
19    Kentucky    34-14    226    17
*20    Nebraska    34-10    203    21
21    Baylor    34-11    153    19
22    Louisiana Lafayette    34-11    126    25
*23    Arizona    28-19    80    22
24    USF    37-13    67    24
25    Tulsa    33-13-1    34    23
 
Others Receiving Votes:  Florida State (22), Wisconsin (18), Arkansas (15), Georgia (8), Hofstra (6), North Carolina (4), *James Madison (4), Mississippi State (4), UAB (4), USC Upstate (3), Houston (2), Notre Dame (1), *Oregon State (1).

Dropped Out:  None

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

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


Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.     Oklahoma (16)    39-3    496     1
2.     Tennessee (4)    42-6    482    2
*3.    Florida    45-5    447    4
>4.     Oregon    38-6    444    5
*5.     Arizona State    39-7    406    3
6.    Alabama    40-7    388    6
T7.    Texas    39-6    378    7
T7.    Louisville    42-6    378    8
*9.    Michigan    39-7    350    9
*10.    California    35-9    309    10
11.    Missouri     26-7     308    11
*12.    LSU    37-11    278    12
*13.    Washington    34-13    269    14
14.    Baylor    34-11    188    16
*15.    Stanford    29-15    183    15
*T16.    Nebraska    34-10    173    18
*T16.    UCLA    30-15    173    19
18.    Texas A&M    35-12    162    13
19.    Kentucky    34-14    144    17
*20.    Hawaii    37-8    127    20
21.    South Alabama    40-7    122    21
22.    Florida State    37-15    77    23
23.    Georgia     34-15    56    RV
24.    South Florida    37-13    37    24
25.    Arkansas    30-17    29    RV

Others Receiving Votes: Tulsa (27), Louisiana-Lafayette (19), UAB (15), North Carolina (14), Wisconsin (6), SC Upstate (5), *Arizona (3), Iowa (3), Minnesota (3), Ball State (1)

New to Poll: Georgia, Arkansas
Dropped Out: Tulsa, Arizona, North Carolina

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

 

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