Softball Picked To Finish Fourth In The Pac-10 in 2002

Jan. 15, 2002

SEATTLE - For the second consecutive year, the University of Washington softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 in a poll of conference coaches announced Tuesday.

The Huskies, who finished their 2001 campaign with a No. 13 national ranking, received 28 points overall to place behind Arizona (46), UCLA (46) and Stanford (37). Arizona and UCLA, who both advanced to the NCAA final in 2001, tied with 46 points, splitting the eight first-place votes for the second straight year. Behind Washington was California (21), Oregon State (21), Arizona State (18) and Oregon (7).

Over the past three seasons, the Huskies have been picked by the conference coaches to finish second (2000), third (1999) and fourth (2001). Washington won the Pac-10 title for the second time in school history in 2000, while it ended up in third place in both 1999 and 2001.

The UW, which returns six of nine starters in 2002, opens its season schedule at the Cal State Northridge Early Bird Classic, February 1, in Los Angeles, Calif.

2002 PAC-10 SOFTBALL COACHES' POLL

Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Arizona (4) 46
UCLA (4) 46
3. Stanford 37
4. Washington 28
5. California 21
Oregon State 21
7. Arizona State 18
8. Oregon 7

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