2001 Pac-10 Softball Coaches' Poll Released
Jan. 16, 2001
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 State 34 4. Washington 27 5. Stanford 25 6. California 20 7. Oregon State 17 8. Oregon 9