Softball Slated To Finish Seventh In Pac-10 Coaches Poll
Jan. 16, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State University's softball team was picked to finish in seventh place in the Pacific-10 Conference for the 2003 season, as was announced Thursday in a poll taken from the Pac-10 softball coaches.
The Beavers received 14 points in the voting, while defending Pac-10 champion UCLA was picked to finish first with 46 points and five first place votes.
Oregon State registered its fourth consecutive 40-plus win season with a 40-25 record last year and gained its fourth straight berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Seven Pac-10 schools reached the NCAA Tournament field in 2002 with four of those squads advancing to the Women's College World Series. For the second consecutive year (ninth time overall), two Pac-10 teams squared off in the National Championship game, with California winning its first NCAA softball title in a 6-0 victory against Arizona. Pac-10 teams finished 1-2-3 in the final 2002 USA Today/NFCA poll and seven squads were ranked in the top-25.
The 2003 softball season will get underway on Friday, January 31 with preseason tournament action. The Beavers, who return nine letterwinners from last season's team, including All-Pac-10 honorees Clare Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie and Monica Hoffman, open the 2003 campaign at the Southern Utah Tournament on Jan. 31- Feb. 2.
2003 PAC-10 SOFTBALL COACHES POLL
Team Points1t. UCLA (5) 461t. Arizona (3) 443. Washinton 334t. California 304t. Stanford 306. Arizona State 207. Oregon State 148. Oregon 7