Softball Tabbed No. 1 in NFCA Pre-Season Poll

Jan. 29, 2003

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released the 2003 pre-season version of the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll on Wednesday, and UCLA opens the season in the poll's top spot.

The Bruins earned 18 of a possible 22 first place votes. Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams that sponsor the sport of softball are represented, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 California, No. 6 Washington, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 14 Stanford and No. 23 Oregon State.

UCLA will play 13 of the remaining 24 ranked teams, as well as 26th-ranked Florida Atlantic, during the upcoming season. UCLA begins its 2003 schedule this Friday, January 31, at Easton Softball Stadium in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. The tournament field will include No. 10 Cal State Fullerton and No. 22 Alabama. Games begin at 9 am on Friday morning, with the Bruins first pitch against Loyola Marymount scheduled for 1:30 pm.

The USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Top 25 is votedon by 22 NCAA Division I coaches representing all regions. Records are from the2002 season. First-place votes are in parentheses.
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Rank
Team
2002 Record
Points

Final 2002
Ranking

1. UCLA (18)
55-9
543
5
2 Arizona (2)
55-12
515
2
3. California (2)
56-19
435
1
t-4. Michigan
50-11
403
7
t-4. Nebraska
50-14
403
6
6. Washington
46-18
395
14
7. LSU
56-11
373
9
8. Oklahoma
49-16
369
8
9. Florida State
55-20
344
4
10. Cal State Fullerton
53-13
341
10
11. DePaul
50-11
336
11
12. Texas
50-13
335
16
13. Arizona State
46-20
321
3
14. Stanford
44-20
315
15
15. Fresno State
50-20
241
17
16. Ohio State
55-14
216
13
t-17. Notre Dame
44-16
160
19
t-17. Georgia
59-17
160
22
19. Georgia Tech
52-18
152
18
20. South Carolina
46-20
123
12
21. Pacific
43-17
92
20
22. Alabama
46-19
87
NR
23. Oregon State
40-25
80
24
24. Texas A&M
40-18
78
21
25. Massachusetts
53-13
68
23


Others receiving votes: Florida Atlantic (63), Baylor (60), Iowa (52), Louisiana-Lafayette(29), Virginia Tech (3). 11 other teams (totaling 58 points) were listed on twoor fewer ballots and are not included among others receiving votes.
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