April 20, 2010
Courtesy of ASA Softball
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After spending much of the season as the unanimous first-place pick, the University of Washington (35-4) received only 14 first-place votes this week, enough to remain the No. 1 team in the Nation according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. Michigan (33-5) with six first-place votes is close on the tail of the Huskies, with an undefeated 9-0 record in Big Ten play.
The top five teams remain the same with No. 3 Arizona (35-7) coming off a series sweep over then-No. 10 Stanford (30-9), outscoring the Cardinal 18-8. No. 9 Arizona State (35-9) is within one spot of falling out of the Top Ten after being swept in three games by California (33-11) who advanced two spots to No. 17 in this week’s poll.
Florida State (37-12) posted a 1-4 weekend to fall four spots to No. 20 while North Carolina dropped out of the Top 25 after a 2-3 weekend. After falling just one spot short of the Top 25 last week, Notre Dame (34-7) came in at No. 25. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 5-1 weekend and are 12-1 in Big East Play.
Five conferences are recognized in the Top 10 with the Pac-10 Conference leading the way with four and the SEC close behind with three teams. Both conferences have two schools a piece in the Top 5 as well.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed three World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.