Cardinal Picked Fourth In Pac-10 Preseason Poll

Jan. 16, 2003

Walnut Creek, CA - The Stanford softball team was selected to finish fourth in the Pac-10 Conference as selected by the conference coaches in the annual preseason poll. UCLA, the 2002 conference champion, was picked as the top team in 2003. The Cardinal garnered 30 points to tie California for fourth place.

The Bruins collected 46 points, including five of the first place votes. In second place, Arizona earned 44 points and the other three first place votes. Washington finished third with 33 points, while California and Stanford tied for fourth with 30. Rounding out the rest of the poll was Arizona State with 20 points, Oregon State (14) and Oregon (7).

The Pac-10 placed seven of its eight squads in the NCAA Tournament last season, with four teams advancing to the World Series. For the second consecutive year (ninth time overall), two Pac-10 teams squared off in the National Championship game, with the Golden Bears winning its first NCAA softball title in a 6-0 win over Arizona.

Stanford concluded the 2002 with a 44-20 overall record, recording its fifth consecutive 40-win season. The Cardinal finished in sixth place in the Pac-10, sporting a 7-14 conference ledger, and advanced to the postseason for the fifth straight season. This year's squad returns three All-Pac-10 honorees and six starters.

The Cardinal will open their 2003 campaign on Saturday, Feb 1 against Pacific. The doubleheader will begin at noon at the Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.

Results of the poll are as follows. Seven points are awarded to the first-place vote, six points to the second-place vote, and so on.

2003 Pacific-10 Conference Softball Coaches' Preseason Poll1. UCLA (5) --- 462. Arizona (3) --- 443. Washington --- 334. Stanford --- 30   California --- 306. Arizona State --- 207. Oregon State --- 148. Oregon --- 7
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