Softball Ranked No. 16 In The USA Today/NFCA Preseason Top 25 Poll

Jan. 26, 2005

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Oregon State University's softball team holds a No. 16 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Preseason Top 25 poll released Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Beavers, who also rank No. 16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll, return 12 players from last year's squad that made its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament.

Oregon State is one of seven Pacific-10 Conference teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, with conference foes California, UCLA, and Arizona ranking 1-2-3, respectively.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I coaches, representing each conference. The first regular season poll will be released on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

All-American Vanessa Iapala and Pac-10 honorees Kelly Petersen, Adrienne Alo, and Mia Longfellow lead the Beavers into the 2005 season on Feb. 4, when OSU travels to the UC Santa Barbara Tournament.

Rank Team Final '04 Record Pts. Pvs.
1. California (14) 53-13 729 2
2. UCLA (12) 46-9 705 1
3. Arizona (4) 55-6 698 8
4. Oklahoma 45-22-1 617 6
5. LSU 57-12 541 3
6. Stanford 49-19 512 4
7. Georgia 55-17 511 11
8. Michigan 54-13 502 9
9. Louisiana-Lafayette 60-8 472 10
10. Florida State 62-12 466 5
11. Washington 40-19 442 7
12. Alabama 46-20 419 13
13. Oregon 42-21 372 12
14. Tennessee 55-16 363 18
15. Texas 24-25 362 NR
16. Oregon State 44-28 232 15
17. Baylor 48-17 222 19
18. Nebraska 45-17 213 14
19. Fresno State 48-20 195 25
20. Long Beach State 51-13 163 19
21. South Florida 60-14 158 16
22. Illinois 45-21-1 133 17
23. Georgia Tech 47-19 100 22
24. Southern Illinois 45-17 67 24
25. Hofstra 38-20 65 21

Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M 64, Notre Dame 60, Auburn 59, Florida 51, Florida Atlantic 45, Northwestern 41, Arizona State 26, DePaul 18, Michigan State 16, Massachusetts 13, Pacific 11, Oklahoma State 11, Iowa 11, Louisville 9, Tulsa 9, Kansas 7. 11 other teams received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

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