Cardinal Softball Picked Fourth In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Jan. 18, 2005

Walnut Creek, Calif. - California has been selected by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches as the Conference's top team in 2005. The Bears received 44 points, including three first place votes. Just one point behind, Arizona tabbed second place with 43 points, while UCLA was picked third with 42 points.

Stanford finished fourth with 30 points, while Oregon and Washington finished fifth and sixth with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Rounding out the rest of the poll was Oregon State with 12 points and Arizona State with 10 points.

In 2004, California posted a 53-13 record overall, and was 13-8 in Pac-10 play. For the sixth consecutive year the Bears advanced to the WCWS, but fell to Pac-10 rival, UCLA in the championship game.

It was a banner year for the Pac-10 in 2004, as the Conference sent seven of its eight teams to the NCAA Tournament. At least three Pac-10 teams advanced to the Women's College World Series (California, Stanford, UCLA and Washington) for the fourth straight season. For the 11th time in Pac-10 history, two Conference teams squared off in the National Championship Game. Additionally, Pac-10 teams finished 1-2 in the final USA Today/NFCA Poll, and a total of seven teams were ranked in the Top-15.

The 2005 softball season will get underway on Thursday, February 3 with preseason tournament action. Pac-10 Conference play begins on Friday, April 1.

Results of the poll are as follows. Seven points are awarded for a first-place vote, six points for a second place vote, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

2005 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL

1. 	California2.	Arizona3. 	UCLA4. 	Stanford5. 	Oregon6. 	Washington7. 	Oregon State8.	Arizona State
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