Softball Ranked 15th In USA Today/NFCA Coaches Preseason Poll

Jan. 24, 2001

The Stanford softball team will open the 2001 season at No. 15 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Preseason Poll. All eight Pac-10 teams are represented in the poll.

UCLA is the preseason favorite, receiving 13 first place votes. Arizona comes in at No. 3 while Washington is ranked fourth. Arizona State checks in at No. 6, followed by No. 7 California. Oregon State is ranked 16th behind the Cardinal and Oregon begins the season ranked 20th.

Stanford ended last season with a 45-18 record and ranked 18th in the final poll. The 45 wins was a single-season school record and earned the Cardinal a number-one seed heading into postseason. Stanford would bow out of the NCAA tournament after a 5-4 loss to host-school Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Cardinal will open this season against San Francisco State on Saturday, February 3 at 1 p.m. at the Stanford Softball Complex.

USA Today/NFCA Coaches Preseason Poll

1. UCLA2. Oklahoma3. Arizona4. Washington5. Alabama6. Arizona State7. California8. LSU9. Fresno State10. DePaul11. Michigan12. Nebraska13. Iowa14. Cal State Fullerton15. STANFORD16. Oregon State17. Florida State18. South Carolina19. Notre Dame20. Oregon21. Southern Mississippi22. Long Beach State23. Mississippi State24. Texas25. Utah

Others receiving votes: Florida Atlantic, Illinois-Chicago, Hofstra, Massachusetts, Oklahoma State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida, Texas A&M, Penn State, Central Michigan, Cal State Northridge, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, South Florida.

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