EUGENE – Winners of seven of its last nine games, the University of Oregon softball team (37-13, 9-9) continued its ascent up the national polls released Tuesday.

UO was tabbed 11th and 14th, respectively, in the USA Softball and NFCA editions, an improvement of one and three spots, respectively.

Among this week's two editions, nine Duck foes were ranked top 25 (USA SB / NFCA) - Arizona State (1/1), Alabama (4/4), California (5/6), Arizona (10/10), Stanford (12/11), Washington (14/15), UCLA (15/12), Texas A&M (19/18) and Louisiana-Lafayette (25/25).

Two other Duck opponents – BYU and Pacific - received vote(s) in at least one poll.

Overall in both editions, Arizona State ranked first in both polls for the third straight week after it swept Washington in Seattle last weekend.

Michigan held steady at No. 2 after it beat both Minnesota and Ohio State twice; Florida jumped to No.3 after it swept the previous No. 3, Tennessee; Alabama improved to fourth after it swept Ole Miss to win its second straight SEC title; No. 5 Texas split with Missouri and lost to Texas A&M, and the other No. 5, California, swept Oregon State in Corvallis.

Oregon has now been ranked for 25 straight editions by USA Softball and 19 straight polls by the NFCA. UO's week-by-week NFCA/USA SB rankings this year follow: 5/3 (12/17), 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 is tied for fourth place in the Pac-10, a game ahead of 11-time national champion and No. 12 UCLA. In this weekend's final series of the regular season, the two teams meet at Howe Field for single games each day that start Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m., Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m.

Among the current 12-year run of 21-game league slates, UO sports its most Pac-10 wins (9) since 2003 and ’04 when Oregon won 10 games when second-year head coach Mike White served as a Duck assistant coach.

UO also won 10 games twice in 28-game Pac-10 seasons in 1998 and ’99, while its all-time high (13) came in the 20-game schedule in ’89 – the same year it advanced to the Women’s World Series.

Last weekend at home, Oregon went 2-1 vs. No. 10 Stanford to end a 10-game series losing streak and take its first season series vs. the Cardinal since 2007. The Bruins went 1-2 at home against Arizona in meetings between last year’s national champion and runner-up, respectively.

Among this weekend's promotions, at Thursday's 'Lights Out at Howe', all faculty and staff receive free admission with their UO ID card.

At Friday's 'Take a Kid to the Game', kids receive $1 admission when they wear their Kidsports jersey or t-shirt, while local Bi-Mart stores also have vouchers for $2 admission.

For Saturday's 'Senior Night' regular season finale, senior citizens receive admission for only $1, and vouchers will be available at the Howe Field ticket window for $5 off reserved baseball tickets for the 2 p.m. game that day.

The softball world will then tune into the 64-team NCAA Tournament selection show on Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN-U.

 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1.    Arizona State (20)    48-5    500    1
2.    Michigan    49-4    475    2
3.    Florida    47-8    449    6
*4.    Alabama    45-7    447    5
*5.    California    37-9    418    7
6.    Missouri    43-7    387    8
7.    Texas    45-7    374    4
8.    Tennessee    44-10    370    3
9.    Georgia    44-10    325    9
*10.    Arizona    39-14    308    13
>11.    Oregon    37-13    299    12
*12.    Stanford    37-13    284    10
13.    Oklahoma    37-16    260    15
*14.    Washington    32-13    240    11
*15.    UCLA    32-15    206    14
16.    Georgia Tech    44-9    188    17
17.    Baylor    39-12    179    19
18.    Notre Dame    44-8    151    21
*19.    Texas A&M    39-18    138    22
20.    Kentucky    36-13    117    16
21.    LSU    39-18    101    23
22.    Oklahoma State    37-14    83    18
23.    Nebraska    35-12    64    20
24.    Auburn    38-16    42    RV
*25.    ULL    45-9    36    25


Others Receiving Votes: Indiana (25); Houston (17); Tulsa (6); Syracuse (5); *BYU (3); Texas Tech (2)

Dropped Out: Indiana
New to Poll: Auburn

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. (30)    48-5    750    1
2    Michigan    49-4    717    3
3    Florida    47-8    692    4
*4    Alabama    45-7    655    6
5    Texas    45-7    611    3
*6    California    36-9    576    8
7    Tennessee    44-10    565    5
8    Georgia    44-10    536    7
9    Missouri    43-7    525    9
*10    Arizona    39-14    481    11
*11    Stanford    38-12    424    10
*12    UCLA    32-15    400    12
13    Oklahoma    37-13    389    15
>14    Oregon    37-13    365    17
*15    Washington    32-13    355    13
16    Nebraska    35-12    277    14
17    Baylor    39-12    257    20
*18    Texas A&M    38-13    213    22
19    Georgia Tech    44-9    197    19
20    Oklahoma St.    37-14    187    16
21    LSU    38-15    174    21
22    Kentucky    36-13    141    18
23    Auburn    38-16    105    23
24    Notre Dame    44-8    82    25
*25    La.-Lafayette    45-9    63    24

Others Receiving Votes: Tulsa 4, *Pacific (CA) 3, Syracuse 3, Houston 1, Indiana 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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