EUGENE – Returning home for its final two weeks of the regular season, the University of Oregon softball team (35-12, 7-8) jumped in both national polls released Tuesday.

UO was tabbed 12th and 17th, respectively, in the USA Softball and NFCA editions, an improvement of four and two spots, respectively.

Among this week's two editions, nine Duck foes were ranked top 25 (USA SB / NFCA) - Arizona State (1/1), Alabama (5/6), California (7/8), Stanford (10/10), Washington (11/13), Arizona (13/11), UCLA (14/12), Texas A&M (22/22) and Louisiana-Lafayette (25/24).

Three other Duck opponents – BYU, Illinois State and Pacific - received vote(s) in at least one poll.

Overall in both editions, Arizona State ranked first in both polls for the second straight week after it swept Oregon State at home. Michigan held steady at No. 2 after beating Wisconsin twice; now No. 3/5 Tennessee swept Arkansas; No. 4/3 Texas went 2-1 against No. 15/15 Oklahoma; No. 5/6 Alabama didn’t play because of the area tornado/thunderstorm damage, and 6/4 Florida swept South Carolina on the road.

Oregon has now been ranked for 24 straight editions by USA Softball and 19 straight polls by the NFCA. UO's week-by-week NFCA/USA SB rankings this year follow: 4/26 (16/19), 4/19 (19/21), 4/12 (17/17), 4/5 (15/16), 3/30 (14/15), 3/23 (15/16), 3/16 (16/15), 3/9 (15/14), 3/2 (13/13), 2/22 (13/13), 2/15 (14/14), Preseason (14/14).

More information on the NFCA and USA Softball polls is available at the http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1 and http://www.usasoftball.com/news.asp?uid=5398 URL addresses.

This week, UO hosts No. 10 Stanford for single games each day that start Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m., and Sunday May 8 at noon. The following week, returning national champion and No. 12 UCLA heads to Eugene for a three-game set, Thu.-Sat., May 12-14.

Sporting the third-most overall wins in the Pac-10 this week, UO is on a roll with five wins in its last six league games. Oregon beat then-No. 9 Arizona twice last weekend in Tucson to take its third series in the rivalry dating back to 1984. The weekend before at home, UO posted its first Civil War series sweep of Oregon State since 1994 (and fourth overall since the first series in 1974).

Last weekend, then-No. 11 Stanford (34-11, 7-7) beat then-No. 11 Washington, 2-1 and 3-1, and lost 7-1 in Palo Alto.


ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Arizona State (20)    45-5    500    1
2.    Michigan    44-4    469    2
3.    Tennessee    44-7    446    5
4.    Texas    44-5    431    3
*5.    Alabama    42-7    416    6
6.    Florida    43-8    411    7
*7.    California    34-9    377    9
8.    Missouri    40-6    374    8
9.    Georgia    42-9    346    4
*10.    Stanford    35-11    310    13
*11.    Washington    32-10    269    12
>12.    Oregon     35-12    249    16
*13.    Arizona    37-13    248    10
*14.    UCLA    31-13    239    11
15.    Oklahoma    35-16    238    14
16.    Kentucky    35-11    191    15
17.    Georgia Tech    42-8    175    20
18.    Oklahoma State    37-12    172    T17
19.    Baylor    37-12    123    T17
20.    Nebraska    35-10    115    19
21.    Notre Dame    38-8    101    22
*22.    Texas A&M    36-18    90    21
23.    LSU    35-15    84    13
24.    Indiana    34-15    45    RV
*25.    La.-Lafayette    42-9    29    24

Others Receiving Votes: Auburn (15), Houston (9), Maryland (9), *BYU (8), Texas Tech (2), Tulsa (2) and Syracuse (1)

Dropped Out:  Fresno State
New to Poll: Indiana

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    Arizona St. (29)    45-5    749    1
2    Michigan (1)    44-4    718    2
3    Texas    44-5    675    3
4    Florida    43-8    663    5
5    Tennessee    44-7    627    6
*6    Alabama    42-7    587    7
7    Georgia    42-9    561    4
*8    California    34-9    547    10
9    Missouri    40-6    503    12
*10    Stanford    35-11    466    13
*11    Arizona    37-13    439    9
*12    UCLA    31-13    406    8
*13    Washington    32-10    385    11
14    Nebraska    35-10    353    14
15    Oklahoma    35-16    324    15
16    Oklahoma State    37-12    293    16
>17    Oregon    35-12    283    19
18    Kentucky    35-11    226    18
19    Georgia Tech    42-8    204    20
20    Baylor    37-12    197    17
21    LSU    35-15    155    21
*22    Texas A&M    36-13    113    22
23    Auburn    36-15    96    25
*24    La.-Lafayette    42-9    82    23
25    Notre Dame    38-8    76    24

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 8, *Pacific (CA) 3, Texas Tech 3, Tulsa 3, *BYU 2, *Illinois St. 1, New Mexico St. 1, Syracuse 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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