BERKELEY, Calif. – For the first time this season, California received all of the first-place votes in both national rankings, making the Golden Bears the unanimous No. 1 team across the board.
Cal remained at the top of the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll for the seventh time in eight weeks. In that ranking system, the Bears garnered all of the 20 first-place votes. Cal hit a previous season high of 18 votes in last week’s rankings.
In the USA Today/NFCA poll, Cal received all 30 first place votes, becoming the first team since Arizona State made the clean sweep in the preseason poll. The Sun Devils were also the last team to be a unanimous top pick in the regular season, doing so on May 10 of last year, before eventually winning the national title. This week’s 30 first-place votes shatter the Bears’ previous high of 20.
Cal reaffirmed its position at the top by sweeping No. 3 Washington last week in Berkeley. The Huskies fell to No. 4 in both polls.