Huskies Picked To Finish First In Pac-10
Jan. 29, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The defending national champion Washington softball team was picked to finish first in the Pac-10 conference in a vote of league coaches, receiving the maximum seven first-place votes, the conference announced on Friday.
The Huskies, who will start the 2010 season ranked No. 1 in both national polls, finished second in the conference last year behind UCLA. Arizona was picked to finish second in 2010 with 41 points while the Bruins, who received the only other first-place vote, finished third with 37 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team to win the conference.
Arizona State, the 2008 national champion, and Stanford tied for fourth with 26 points each while California, one of five Pac-10 teams with a World Series title, was picked sixth with 25 points. Oregon and Oregon State rounded out the vote in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Seven points were awarded for a first-place vote, six points for a second-place vote and so on.
The Pac-10 has won 22 of the 27 NCAA Division I softball championships, including the last four straight, and will look to add to that mark in 2010.
The Huskies, who return 2009 National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie to the field in 2010 along with five other starters, begin their title defense on Feb. 11 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
(First place votes in parentheses)
1, Washington (7), 49 pts.
2, Arizona, 41 pts.
3, UCLA (1), 37 pts.
4, Arizona State, 26 pts.
4, Stanford, 26 pts.
6. California, 25 pts.
7. Oregon, 10 pts.
8. Oregon State, 10 pts.