Cardinal Picked No. 17 By USA Softball, Fourth In Pac-10

Jan. 29, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team was listed No. 17 when the second of two major softball polls, the ESPN/USA Softball poll, was released today. The Pac-10 Conference also released its annual preseason rankings, where the Cardinal was picked to finish fourth in the strongest collegiate softball conference in the country.

Stanford finished sixth last year in the Pac-10 and ended the year ranked 21st in the ESPN/USA Softball poll with a 35-21-1 record. The Cardinal returns 11 letterwinners for 2008, including both of its pitchers and 2007 All-American center fielder Alissa Haber.

Eight conferences were represented in the USA Softball poll with the Pac-10 leading the way with seven teams in the top-25 and three schools in the top-10. Two-time defending NCAA Champion Arizona was listed No. 1 and Arizona State came in at No. 2. Fellow Pac-10 schools UCLA (10), Washington (14), Oregon State (19) and Oregon (23) also made the elite list.

In the conference poll, Stanford claimed the fourth spot behind Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA. All eight Pac-10 teams were chosen to participate in the NCAA Tournament in 2007, with three teams advancing to the Women's College World Series. Arizona, which won both the conference and national titles last year, was voted to repeat its championship by the league's coaches. The Pac-10 has claimed 19 of the 26 all-time NCAA softball titles, and landed a team in the national title game 24 times. The league has sent at least seven of its eight teams to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine years.

The 2008 softball season opens on Friday, Feb. 8 with preseason tournament action. Conference play begins on Mar. 28.

The full ESPN/USA Softball poll is available here.

2008 Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Softball Poll
1. Arizona, 45 points
2. Arizona State, 44
3. UCLA, 40
4. Stanford, 28
5. Washington, 24
6. California, 18
7. Oregon State, 15
8. Oregon, 10

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