Softball Tabbed To Finish Seventh In Pac-10
Jan. 18, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State University's softball team was picked to finish in seventh place in the Pacific-10 Conference for the 2005 season, as was announced Tuesday in a poll taken from the Pac-10 softball coaches.
The Beavers received 12 points in the voting, while defending national championship runner-up California was picked to finish first with 44 points and three first place votes. Arizona was a close second, with 43 points and two first place votes, while defending national champion UCLA was third with 42 points and three first place votes.
Oregon State made its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament during 2004, falling one victory short of an inaugural trip to the Women's College World Series after dropping the Regional championship game to No. 6 ranked Michigan.
Seven Pac-10 schools reached the NCAA Tournament field in 2004 and for the third straight season, four squads advanced to the Women's College World Series. For the fourth consecutive year (11th time overall), two Pac-10 teams squared off in the National Championship game, with UCLA taking the title. Pac-10 teams finished 1-2 in the final 2004 USA Today/NFCA poll and a total of seven squads were ranked in the top-15.
The 2004 softball season will get underway on Thursday, February 3 with preseason tournament action. The Beavers, who return 12 letterwinners from last season's team, including All-American Vanessa Iapala and Pac-10 honorees Kelly Petersen, Adrienne Alo, and Mia Longfellow open the 2005 campaign at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament on Feb. 4.
2005 PAC-10 SOFTBALL COACHES POLL
Team Points1. California (3) 442. Arizona (2) 433. UCLA (3) 424. Stanford 305. Oregon 226. Washington 217. Oregon State 128. Arizona State 10