Softball Tabbed to Finish Fifth in Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Jan. 16, 2002

BERKELEY - The Cal softball team was picked to finish in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' poll with Oregon State.

Last year, the Pac-10 champion Wildcats edged out the Bruins (No. 2) 1-0 in the NCAA title game to win their sixth national championship in school history. The eight conference coaches predicted both teams to do equally well this upcoming season as they voted the two schools to a first place tie. Each team received 46 total votes, including four first-place votes.

Stanford, which defeated the Bears last year in the quarterfinals of the College World Series, finished third in the polls with 37 votes, while Washington was predicted to finish fourth with 28.

Rounding out the rest of the poll, Arizona State finished behind Cal and OSU, which had 21 votes a piece, with 18 votes in sixth place. Oregon was picked to finish at the bottom of the conference with just seven votes.

The Bears gun for a conference-record 17th consecutive postseason appearance and their fourth World Series appearance in a row this spring. Last season, Cal tallied a school record 54 wins and finished in a fifth place tie nationally. Cal opens the 2002 season Feb. 2 at home versus Sacramento State at 1 p.m.

2002 PAC-10 SOFTBALL COACHES' POLL
                               Team			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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