2001 Pac-10 Softball Coaches' Poll Released

Jan. 16, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- ARIZONA and UCLA, which have 13 softball NCAA titles between them, were picked by Conference coaches to win the Pac-10 Softball Championship in 2001, it was announced today.

Last season, the Wildcats (2nd, Pac-10) finished tied for third in the College World Series while UCLA (3rd, Pac-10) took runner-up honors in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these perennial powers received 46 points overall, including four first-place votes.

ARIZONA STATE finished third with 34 points, followed by defending Pac-10 Champion WASHINGTON with 27 tallies. STANFORD received 25 points.

CALIFORNIA was chosen sixth with a mark of 20 points while OREGON STATE was picked seventh with 17 points. Rounding out the eight-team field was OREGON in eighth with nine points.

In 1999 and 2000, Pac-10 softball placed all eight members in the NCAA Tournament field, marking the first time in any sport that a conference has sent all of its teams to the NCAA Tournament, and in consecutive seasons, respectively.

2001 PAC-10 SOFTBALL COACHES' POLL

1. Arizona (4) 46 UCLA (4) 46 3. Arizona St. 34 4. Washington 27 5. Stanford 25 6. California 20 7. Oregon St. 17 8. Oregon 9

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