Softball Tabbed To Finish Fifth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Jan. 15, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State University's softball team was picked to finish in a tie for fifth place in the Pacific-10 Conference for the 2002 season, as was announced Tuesday in a poll taken from the Pac-10 softball coaches.

The Beavers received 21 points in the voting to tie with California in the fifth place slot. For the second consecutive year, defending national champion University of Arizona and WCWS runner-up, UCLA are picked to tie for the conference title with 46 points and four first place votes each.

Oregon State registered its third consecutive 40-plus win season with a 44-24-1 record last year and gained its third straight berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Seven Pac-10 schools reached the NCAA Tournament field in 2001 with four of those squads advancing to the Women's College World Series.

The Beavers, who return 13 players from last season's squad, including All-America candidate Crystal Draper, open the 2002 campaign at the Southern Utah Tournament on Feb. 2-3.

Team Points1. Arizona (4) 46 UCLA (4) 463. Stanford 374. Washington 285. California 21 Oregon State 217. Arizona State 188. Oregon 7
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