April 27, 2010

Courtesy of ASA

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. –
Washington (37-5), with 12 first-place votes, edged out Michigan by 7 points to maintain their spot as 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 remains the No. 2 team in the country for the third-consecutive week with eight first-place votes.

The top five teams remain in the top five with No. 4 Alabama (39-9) moving ahead of No. 5 Florida (35-7) after sweeping Arkansas in three games. No. 10 Oklahoma (36-10) advanced three spots from last week’s poll after a 5-0 weekend, including sweeps of Baylor and Nebraska, while No. 11 Oklahoma State (40-11) fell three spots after suffering a 2-3 weekend including being swept by Texas Tech, a team that received votes this week.

For the first time all season, the Top 25 teams remain the same from last week. Five conferences are recognized in the Top 10 with the Pac-10 Conference leading the way with four schools and the SEC close behind with three teams. Both conferences have two schools a piece in the Top 5 as well.

About ASA

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/.