Arizona Tops Preseason Softball Coaches' Poll
Jan. 22, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA has been selected by the Pacific-10 softball coaches as the top team in the Conference at the outset of the 2007 season. The Wildcats received 47 points and five first place votes in the annual coaches' poll. UCLA was a close second, earning 45 points and three first place votes. ARIZONA STATE was tabbed for third place with 35 points.
Fourth place went to OREGON STATE with 32 points. STANFORD earned 21 points for fifth place, while CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON tied for sixth place with 18 points. OREGON rounded out the poll with eight points.
The top four teams in the Coaches' Poll all participated in the Women's College World Series in 2006, with Arizona winning the National Championship, its seventh all-time. The Wildcats finished the season 54-11 and swept Northwestern in the Championship Series to win the Pac-10's fifth softball title in the past six years. UCLA was crowned Pac-10 Champions last year, finishing 15-5 in Conference play, a half-game ahead of Arizona (15-6). It was the ninth Conference title for UCLA, which finished 50-9 overall and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Conference set a record in 2006 with seven teams winning NCAA Regionals. Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington all reached the Super Regionals last season, with the Wildcats, Sun Devils, Beavers, and Bruins marching on to Oklahoma City and the WCWS. The Pac-10's four representatives in the WCWS made up half the field and was the most of any conference.
The 2007 softball season gets underway on Thursday, February 8 with preseason tournament action. Conference play begins on Friday, March 30.
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.
2007 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
School (First Place Votes) Points1. Arizona (5) 472. UCLA (3) 453. Arizona State 354. Oregon State 325. Stanford 216. California 18 Washington 188. Oregon 8