Softball Picked by Coaches to Win 2006 Pac-10 Title

Jan. 20, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The UCLA softball team has been selected by the Pacific-10 Conference softball coaches to win the 2006 league championship, it was announced today. The Bruins received the maximum 49 points, including seven first place votes in the annual coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to include their own team when voting in the poll.

Arizona finished second with 41 points and garnered one first place vote, while Stanford was picked third with 37 points. California finished fourth with 27 points, while Oregon State and Washington finished fifth and sixth with 26 and 23 points, respectively. Rounding out the rst of the poll was Arizona State with 12 points and Oregon with nine points.

UCLA finished last season with a 40-20 overall record and an 11-10 Conference mark (fifth place). The Bruins advanced to the 2005 NCAA Championship series, falling to Michigan in the inaugural three-game series for the title.

It was a banner year for the Pac-10 in 2005, as the Conference sent all eight teams to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in its history. At least three Pac-10 teams advanced to the WCWS (Cal, UCLA, Arizona) for the fifth straight season. 2005 also marked the 19th straight season that a Pac-10 team has finished either first or second at the WCWS.

For the first time in Conference history, four Pac-10 teams tied for first place at the conclusion of the regular season with 13-8 marks: California, Arizona, Oregon State and Stanford, with Oregon State earning the Pac-10's NCAA Automatic Qualifying bid. It was the first Conference title for both the Beavers and the Cardinal, while it was the second for Cal and ninth for Arizona.

The 2006 softball season gets underway on Thursday, February 9, with preseason tournament action. The Bruins open the season at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego with two games on Feb. 9. Conference play begins on Friday, March 31.

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.

2006 Pac-10 Softball Coaches Preseason Poll
1. UCLA (7)
2. Arizona (1)
3. Stanford
4. California
5. Oregon State
6. Washington
7. Arizona State
8. Oregon

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