Stanford Softball Picked Third In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll
Jan. 20, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA has been selected as the top team in the Pac-10 this season by conference softball coaches. The Bruins received 49 points, including seven first-place votes. Arizona was picked as the runner-up with 41 points and one first-place vote. Stanford rounded out the top three teams with 37 points.
California was picked fourth for the 2006 season with 27 points, followed closely by Oregon State in fifth with 26 points and Washington in sixth with 23 points. Arizona State and Oregon completed the conference poll with 12 and 9 points, respectively.
UCLA finished the 2005 season with a 40-20 overall record and was 11-10 against conference teams. The Bruins fell to Michigan in the title series of the WCWS, after previously winning back-to-back national championships.
The Pac-10 Conference sent all eight teams to the NCAA tournament in 2005. At least three Pac-10 teams advanced to the WCWS for the fifth straight season, with Arizona and California also making the trek. 2005 marked the 19th straight season in which a Pac-10 team played in the championship game.
For the first time in Pac-10 history, four conference teams tied for first place at the conclusion of regular season competition. Stanford, California, Arizona and Oregon State all claimed a piece of the title after finishing the regular season with 13-8 records. It was the first conference championship for Stanford and Oregon State, while it was the second title for the Bears and ninth for Arizona.
The Cardinal opens the 2006 season at the Kajikawa Classic in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, February 10. Pac-10 Conference competition begins on Friday, March 31 as Stanford faces UCLA in Los Angeles.
Results of the poll are as follows. Seven points are awarded for a first-place vote, six points for a second-place vote, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
School (First place votes) Points1. UCLA (7) 492. Arizona (1) 413. Stanford 374. California 275. Oregon State 266. Washington 237. Arizona State 128. Oregon 9