Softball Picked To Finish Fourth In The Pac-10
Jan. 16, 2001
SEATTLE - The University of Washington softball team, which has made five consecutive trips to the College World Series, has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in a poll of conference coaches released Tuesday.
The Huskies, who finished their 2000 season with a number five national ranking, received 27 points overall to place behind Arizona (46), UCLA (46) and Arizona State (34). Arizona and UCLA both tied for first place with 46 points and four of the eight first-place votes. Behind Washington was Stanford (25), California (20), Oregon State (17) and Oregon (9).
Over the past three seasons, the Huskies have been picked by the conference coaches to finish second twice (1998, 2000) and third once (1999). Washington won the Pac-10 title for the second time in school history in 2000, compiling a 17-4 record during conference play.
The UW returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's squad which finished with a program-best 62-9 record and spent 13 straight weeks in the number one spot of the NFCA/USA Today national poll. The Huskies open their 2001 season at the Fiesta Bowl Invitational, February 9, in Phoenix, Ariz., while their Pac-10 schedule begins March 30, at California.