California Slated as No. 12 Team in USA Today/NFCA Preseason Poll

Jan. 26, 2010

BERKELEY - The California women's softball team is the No. 12 team in the country, according to the USA Today/National Fast Pitch Coaches' Association in its preseason poll released Tuesday. Six Pacific-10 Conference teams were also included in the poll, with defending national champion Washington a unanimous No. 1.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top-25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each of the 30 conferences.

The Golden Bears are slated to play eight of the 24 teams in the first poll of the 2010 season.

Without question, the Pac-10 has dominated the softball field, winning 21 national championships in the sport since 1982. Six of the conference's eight teams that sponsor softball earned selections to the 2009 NCAA Tournament with Washington winning the NCAA trophy, which was the program's first national title in the sport.

Last year, the Bears played in the post season for the 24th consecutive year, advancing to the NCAA Super Regional for the fourth time since the format was adopted five years ago. Cal swept the Tallahassee Regional, with an 8-3 victory over Mississippi State and 2-0 and 2-1 victories over Oklahoma State. It is the 10th time in the last 11 years the Bears have won their Regional to advance in the post season.

Cal kicks off its 2010 campaign to Oklahoma City on Feb. 12 at the Arizona State Tournament in Tempe, Ariz., facing off against Texas A&M in the first game of the year. The Bears' first home game is March 3 at 2 p.m. against UC Davis. To see the complete schedule, click here.

Records shown are the teams' final 2009 records. Last ranking reflects the final 2009 poll. First-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Pts Pvs
1 Washington (30) 51-12 750 1
2 Alabama 54-11 677 3
3 Florida 63-5 649 2
4 Michigan 47-12 625 6
5 Arizona St. 47-19 613 5
6 Arizona 46-17 597 7
7 Georgia 47-12 569 4
8 UCLA 45-11 558 9
9 Missouri 50-12 536 8
10 Stanford 48-11 433 10
11 Oklahoma 41-16 401 16
12 California 38-20 370 11
13 Georgia Tech 46-15 319 13
14 Ohio St. 47-11 312 12
15 Northwestern 31-15 288 18
16 Tennessee 40-18-1 245 20
17 Baylor 40-22 226 15
18 LSU 34-18-1 219 19
19 North Carolina 47-13 209 17
20 Massachusetts 41-10 199 14
21 DePaul 39-14 178 23
22 Louisville 48-11 166 NR
23 Florida St. 44-16 109 22
24 Louisiana-Lafayette 45-13 88 25
25 Fresno St. 38-20 75 NR

Others receiving votes:North Dakota St. 44, Jacksonville St. 38, Cal Poly 37, Nevada 31, Nebraska 28, Texas 23, Notre Dame 21, Cal St. Fullerton 17, San Diego St. 15, Iowa 11, Kentucky 11, Purdue 10, Hawaii 8, Mississippi St. 7, Southern Illinois 7, Cal St. Northridge 6, Texas A&M 6, Tulsa 6, Creighton 4, BYU 3, Houston 3, Oklahoma St. 3

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