Softball Tabbed To Finish Third In Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Jan. 15, 2002

Walnut Creek, Calif. - For the second consecutive season, Arizona and UCLAhave been picked by the Conference coaches to win the Pac-10 softballtitle, it was announced today.

Last year, the Pac-10 Champion Wildcats edged out the Bruins (No. 2) 1-0in the NCAA title game to win their sixth national championship inschool history. The game marked the eighth time two Pac-10 teams havefaced each other for the title. Each team received 46 total votes,including four first-place votes.

Stanford, which made its first Women's College World Series appearancelast year, finished third with 37 points while Washington took in 28tallies. California and Oregon State tied for fifth with 21 points each.

Rounding out the poll, Arizona State was chosen seventh with a mark of 18points while Oregon finished eighth with seven points.

In 2001, Pac-10 softball placed seven of its eight members in the NCAATournament field with four of those squads advancing to the WCWS.Additionally, seven teams finished in the top 20 in the final USAToday/NFCA Poll (five in the top nine).

2002 PAC-10 SOFTBALL COACHES' POLL

Team				Pts.1.	Arizona (4)		46	UCLA (4)		463. 	Stanford		374. 	Washington		285. 	California		21	Oregon State		217. 	Arizona State		188. 	Oregon			7
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