Softball Picked Eighth By Pac-10 Coaches
Jan. 18, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University has been selected to finish eighth by Conference softball coaches as the Pac-10 Office announced the 2005 preseason poll on Tuesday. Head Coach Linda Wells, entering her 16th season at the helm, will have 10 letter winners returning, including seven position players and her two top pitchers. Wells, who was the head coach of the Greek Olympic team this past summer, will look to guide the Sun Devils to postseason action for the eighth time in the past nine years.
California earned the top ranking after receiving 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.
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.
Arizona State's 2005 softball season begins on Friday, February 4 when they host UT-San Antonio at 7:00 p.m. Pac-10 Conference play begins Friday, April 1 when California comes to Tempe for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.
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. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
2005 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
School (First Place Votes) Points
1. California (3) 44
2. Arizona (2) 43
3. UCLA (3) 42
4. Stanford 30
5. Oregon 22
6. Washington 21
7. Oregon State 128. Arizona State 10