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Ducks Cap Slate Ranked No. 9 in Both National Polls
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 06/12/2013
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EUGENE – In return for another record-breaking season, the University of Oregon softball team (50-11, 19-5) staked its second straight top-10 year-end national rankings.

Tabbed No. 9 in both the USA Softball and NFCA coaches polls, the Ducks were one of three top-10 ranked teams from the Pac-12 with No. 4/4 Washington and No. 7/7 Arizona State.

Overall, Oregon was one of six league members that ranked top 25 nationally in the two polls with No. 21/22 Stanford, No. 19/21 UCLA and No. 24/23 California, while Arizona also picked up votes.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous USA SB/NFCA mid-May edition follows: No. 3/3 Oregon, No. 4/4 Arizona State, No. 9/11 Washington, No. 24/23 California, No. 13/14 Stanford and No. 13/16 UCLA.

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 by the USA SB/NFCA – national champion and No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 5/5 Florida, No. 6/6 Michigan, No. 16/18 LSU, No. 8/8 Nebraska and No. 25/24 Hawai’i.

Altogether, No. 1/1 Oklahoma remained atop the national rankings after it won the national title over Tennessee, and the remaining top-five teams included No. 2/2 Tennessee, No. 3/3 Texas, No. 4/4 Washington and No. 5/5 Florida.

Under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Mike White, the Ducks also sported top-15 year-end finishes in 2012 (5/5), ’11 (14/15) and ’10 (14/14).

Altogether in his tenure, Oregon has now been ranked for 59 straight polls by USA Softball and 52 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 (16 weeks-USA SB / 16 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; 4/30 4/5; 5/7 2/3; 5/14 3/3. 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 the final NCAA RPI rankings, UO stood #7 overall behind #1 Oklahoma, #2 Texas, #3 Florida, #4 Tennessee, #5 Michigan and #6 Washington. Other Pac-12 teams’ positions follow: #8 Arizona State, #20 UCLA, #22 California, #25 Stanford, #31 Arizona, #40 Oregon State and #68 Utah.

Complete NCAA RPI ratings are available at the http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1/ncaa_womens_softball_rpi URL address.

The past month, the Ducks (50-11, 19-5) posted their first-ever Pac-12 title and their second-most overall wins ever.



NATIONAL POLLS #15 (6/12)
 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

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

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Oklahoma (20)    57-4     500    1       
2.    Tennessee    52-12     480     5       
3.    Texas    51-10    445    7       
*4.    Washington    45-17    427     9       
*5.    Florida    48-9     419    2       
*6.    Michigan    51-13     403    8       
*7.    Arizona State    50-12    390    4       
*8.    Nebraska    45-16    362     16       
> 9.    Oregon    50-11     342    3       
10.    Alabama    45-15     304    T10       
11.    Missouri    38-14    300    6       
12.    Kentucky    41-21    237    17       
13.    Texas A&M    42-18    234    20       
14.    Florida State    44-19     223    19       
15.    Louisiana-Lafayette     47-15    192    RV       
*16.    LSU    42-16     160    T10       
17.    UAB    40-19     150    -       
18.    South Alabama    48-9     130    15       
*19.    UCLA    40-20    127     T13       
20.    Baylor    42-17    126    18       
*21.    Stanford    39-21    113    T13       
22.    Georgia    40-21     91     21       
23.    Louisville    48-13    79    12       
*24.    California    38-19    63    22       
*25.    Hawaii    45-13    37    23    

Others Receiving Votes: Arkansas (34), Hofstra (31), South Florida (22), North Carolina State (18), Virginia Tech (17), *Wisconsin (16), *Arizona (13), SC Upstate (9), Tulsa (3), South Carolina (2), Western Kentucky (1)

New to Poll: UAB, Louisiana-Lafayette (RV)
Dropped Out: Arkansas (24), South Florida (25)

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)    57-4    775    1
2    Tennessee    52-12    744    5
3    Texas    51-10    707    6
*4    Washington    45-17    672    11
*5    Florida    58-9    650    2
*6    Michigan    51-13    615    7
*7    Arizona State    50-12    595    4
*8    Nebraska    45-16    571    17
>9    Oregon    50-11    509    3
10    Alabama    45-15    471    9
11    Missouri    38-14    452    8
12    Louisiana-Lafayette    47-15    419    21
13    Texas A&M    42-18    406    13
14    Kentucky    41-21    368    19
15    Florida State    44-19    315    -
16    UAB    40-19    269    -
17    South Alabama    48-9    256    15
*18    LSU    42-16    233    10
19    Louisville    48-13    189    12
20    Baylor    42-17    177    23
*21    UCLA    40-20    160    16
*22    Stanford    39-21    127    14
*23    California    38-19    109    18
*24    Hawaii    45-13    82    20
25    Hofstra    46-13    62    

Others Receiving Votes: USF (43), *Wisconsin (28), Virginia Tech (26), Georgia (14), Arkansas (13), N.C. State (6), Western Kentucky (6), Tulsa (5), South Carolina (1).

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013

-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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