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No. 5 Ducks Post Best-Ever Rankings to Cap Season
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 06/12/2012
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EUGENE – The University of Oregon softball team (45-18, Pac-12: 13-9 (3rd) capped arguably its greatest season with its best-ever national rankings Tuesday.

The Ducks were tabbed No. 5 in both the USA Softball and NFCA season-ending polls, and climbed seven positions in each from their previous mid-May rankings.

UO was one of eight league members that ranked top 25 nationally this week along with No. 3/3 California, No. 4/4 Arizona State, No. 13/13 Arizona, No. 14/14 Washington, No. 20/21 Stanford, No. 21/20 UCLA and No. -/25 Oregon State.

Glancing at both polls, 12 Duck foes this season were ranked top 25 (USA Softball/ NFCA), and others included national champion and No. 1/1 Alabama, No. 7/6 Tennessee, No. 11/11 Missouri, No. 12/9 Texas and No. 25/24 North Carolina. Four other Duck opponents – Baylor, BYU, Northwestern and San Diego State – received votes in at least one poll.

Compared to the previous edition, Alabama moved up two positions back into the top spot after it won the best-of-three Women’s College World Series. The Tide captured its first national title over the former No. 4-ranked and now No. 2 Oklahoma last week in Oklahoma City.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of the Pac-12's teams rankings from the previous edition follows: No. 1/1 California, No. 2/2 Arizona State, No. 14/15 UCLA, No. 16/17 Arizona, No. 17/15 Stanford, No. 18/18 Washington and No. 24/- Oregon State.

Oregon has now been ranked for 42 straight editions by USA Softball and 35 straight polls by the NFCA. UO's week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 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.

More information on the USA Softball and NFCA polls are available at the http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=6632 and https://nfca.org/index.php/component/nfca/?top25=1&list=1&year=2012&pdiv=div1 URL addresses.

Oregon was rewarded for racking up its second-most wins ever (45) in a 63-game season, while its all-time high came in a 72-game campaign in 1989 (54).

During the Pac-12 slate, UO finished third with a 13-9 record and beat all eight rivals under the guidance of head coach Mike White. The third-year mentor became the second Duck to lead UO to back-to-back, top-three league finishes since the league expanded to eight teams in 1994.

Under White, Oregon is now 12-7 in the postseason since 2010, including a 6-3 mark this season.

The past month, the Ducks went 3-0 in the NCAA Regional in Eugene thanks to wins vs. Portland State and BYU (twice).

The following weekend, the Ducks registered their first-ever NCAA Super Regional victories en route to a 2-1 mark at #6 seed Texas.

Two weekends ago, UO wrapped up its second-ever World Series trip (and first since 1989) with a 3-1 win over #5 seed Tennessee sandwiched between a 3-1 loss to #2 seed and returning national champion Arizona State and 6-3 loss to #1 seed California.

UO also went 25-15 against NCAA tourney advancers, and 16-13 vs. top-25 teams this year.
 

 
NATIONAL POLLS (6/12)

 
ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

http://www.usasoftball.com/folders.asp?uid=3208
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1.    Alabama (20)    60-8    500    3
2.    Oklahoma    54-10    480    4
*3.    California    58-7    459    1
*4.    Arizona State    53-11    441    2
>5.    Oregon    45-18    414    12
6.    LSU    40-25    395    RV
*7.    Tennessee    52-14    389    5
8.    South Florida    50-14    354    22
9.    Louisiana-Lafayette    53-6    303    10
10.    Georgia    45-17    302    11
*11.    Missouri    47-14    297    9
*12.    Texas    47-13    294    8
*13.    Arizona    38-19    233    15
*14.    Washington    39-19    223    18
15.    Michigan    42-17    216    19
16.    Florida    48-13    196    6
17.    Hofstra    42-15    187    NR
18.    Louisville    55-5    171    7
19.    Texas A&M    41-18    141    13
*20.    Stanford    40-19    89    17
*21.    UCLA    36-20    68    14
22.    Florida State    47-16    52    20
23.    Hawaii    44-9    47    16
24.    Syracuse    43-16    46    RV
*25.    North Carolina    43-15    39    21

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech (35); *Oregon State (34); *Baylor (16); Georgia Tech (13); Notre Dame (11); *San Diego State (10); Virginia Tech (9); Arkansas (7); *Northwestern (6); Tulsa (6); Kentucky (5); BYU (4); Texas State (4); South Alabama (4); UMass (1)
 
Dropped Out: -Texas Tech (23); Oregon State (24); Tulsa (25)
New to Poll: - LSU (RV); Hofstra (-); Syracuse (RV)

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2012


 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 


http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1
Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
* 1    Alabama (28)    60-8    748    3
2    Oklahoma (2)    54-10    722    4
*3    California    58-7    681    1
*4    Arizona St.    53-11    666    2
>5    Oregon    45-18    622    12
*6    Tennessee    45-17    590    5
7    LSU    40-25    556    RV
8    USF    50-14    526    19
*9    Texas    47-13    484    8
10    Georgia    45-17    464    11
*11    Missouri    47-14    431    10
12    La.-Lafayette    53-6    409    7
*13    Arizona    38-19    360    17
*14    Washington    39-19    345    18
15    Michigan    42-17    324    21
16    Hofstra    42-15    300    NR
17    Louisville    55-5    282    9
18    Florida    48-11    258    6
19    Texas A&M    41-18    222    14
*20    UCLA    36-20    173    15
*21    Stanford    40-19    150    16
22    Hawai‘i    44-9    129    13
23    Syracuse    43-16    77    25
*24    North Carolina    43-15    58    22
*25    Oregon St.    36-23    36    RV

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 22, Florida St. 17, *Northwestern 16, Texas Tech 16, *BYU 12, Kentucky 11, *Baylor 9, Arkansas 8, Virginia Tech 6, Tulsa 4;

Dropped Out: No. 20 Florida St., No. 21 Texas Tech, No. 23 Baylor

-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 2012

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