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Ducks Picked No. 10 in NFCA and USA Softball in Polls #6
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/19/2013
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EUGENE - Heading into its Pac-12 opener this weekend at Howe Field, the University of Oregon softball team (23-4) claimed its eighth straight top-10 national ranking in the regular season’s sixth editions.

Holding steady in the NFCA version, the Ducks dropped one spot in the USA Softball edition.

Among Pac-12 teams, No. 10/10 UO was one of three that stood top 10 with a pair of fellow WCWS returnees - No. 2/2 Arizona State and No. 6/5 California.

Overall, Oregon was one of eight league members that ranked top 25 nationally in the USA SB/NFCA polls this week with No. 12/13 UCLA, No. 17/17 Washington, No. 15/16 Stanford, No. 16/22 Arizona and No. -/24 Oregon State.

For comparison's sake, a complete list of Pac-12 rankings from the previous USA SB/NFCA edition follows: No. 2/2 Arizona State, No 5/6 California No. 9/10 Oregon, No. 12/12 UCLA, No. 16/18 Washington, No. 18/16 Stanford, No. 19/14 Arizona and No. -/23 Oregon State

Six other Duck non-conference foes in 2013 were also tabbed top 25 this week by the USA SB/NFCA – No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 3/3 Florida, No. 13/12 LSU, No. 14/14 Michigan, No. 20/23 Hawai’i and No. 25/20 Nebraska.

Overall in the top five, No. 1/1 Oklahoma, No. 2/2 Arizona State, No. 3/3 Florida and No. 4/6 Alabama held steady for the second straight week. No. 5/4 Texas A&M improved two spots in the NFCA version and one in the USA Softball edition after it swept Arkansas last week (2-1, 7-3, 9-1).

Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 47 straight polls by USA Softball and 42 by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 – 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. 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.

Last Wednesday, the Ducks kicked off home action at Howe Field this season with 10-0 and 4-0 wins over New Mexico.

This weekend, the returning third-place Pac-12 finisher Ducks open league play at home vs. No. 15 Stanford (22-5) on Saturday-Monday, March 23-25.

The teams will play single games on Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (3 p.m.) and Monday (noon), and Saturday's contest will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.

A host of ticket and fan promotions are slated, and more information follows:

- Saturday (3/23), 2 p.m. Bi-Mart Family Day: Show a Bi-Mart card at the door, and 2 adults & 2 kids get a $10 ticket package. 2013 Duck Softball mini-posters will also be available at the marketing/promotions table.

- Sunday (3/24), 3 p.m. – Scout Day: Boy & Girl Scouts get $2 G.A. tickets if they wear their scout uniforms. Fans can also get a $1 ticket with a ticket stub from the baseball game the same day that starts at noon.

- Monday (3/25), Noon – Hop in the Park:  Kids are invited to a post-game Howe Field Easter egg hunt.


THIS WEEK’S NATIONAL POLLS #6 (3/13)
 
USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll 

https://nfca.org/index.php/polls

Rk    Team    Record    Totals    Prev
*1    Oklahoma (31)    27-1    775    1
*2    Arizona State    29-2    735    2
*3    Florida    27-3    708    3
4    Alabama    26-3    678    4
5    Texas A&M    26-2    632    7
*6    California    23-3    619    5
7    Missouri    15-2    585    8
8    Tennessee    23-6    573    6
9    Texas    27-4    530    9
>10    Oregon    23-4    503    10
11    Louisville    23-3    467    11
*12    UCLA    23-4    426    12
*13    LSU    23-5    413    13
*14    Michigan    21-7    357    15
*15    Stanford    22-5    335    16
*16    Arizona    20-8    256    14
*17    Washington    22-7    249    18
18    Baylor    25-5    233    19
19    Tulsa    23-5    204    21
*20    Hawai'i    22-7    197    20
21    Kentucky    19-7    171    17
22    Virginia Tech    18-4    115    RV
23    Georgia    21-7    90    25
*24    Oregon State    21-5    69    23
*25    Nebraska    18-5    52    RV
 
Others Receiving Votes: South Alabama (46), Louisiana-Lafayette (20), Mississippi State (15), Iowa (7), McNeese State (6), USC Upstate (6), North Carolina (1), Florida State (1), USF (1).

Dropped Out:  No. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette (19-11), No. 24 North Carolina (19-10)
 
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 (20)    27-1    500    1
*2.    Arizona State     29-2    474    2
*3.    Florida    27-3    444    3
4.    Texas A&M    26-2    432    5
*5.    California    23-3    425    4
6.    Alabama    26-3    398    6
7.    Missouri    15-2    374    8
8.    Tennessee    23-6    367    7
9.    Texas    27-4    340    10
>10.    Oregon    23-4    333    9
11.    Louisville    23-3    294    11
*12.    LSU    23-5    279    13
*13.    UCLA    23-4    251    12
*14.    Michigan    21-7    240    14
15.    Baylor    25-5    213    15
*16.    Stanford    22-5    186    18
*17.    Washington    22-7    164    16
18.    Tulsa    23-5    157    20
19.    Virginia Tech    18-4    139    T21
*20.    Nebraska    18-5    105    T21
21.    Kentucky    19-7    104    17
*22.    Arizona    20-8    102    19
*23.    Hawaii    22-7    56    23
24.    Georgia    21-7    39    RV
25.    South Alabama    23-5    20    RV
 
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin (19), *Oregon State (17), Iowa (15), SC Upstate (8), Mississippi State (4), *San Diego State (1)
 
New to Poll: Georgia, South Alabama
 
Dropped Out: North Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013


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