Washington Tops 2010 Pac-10 Preaseason Softball Coaches' Poll
Jan. 28, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON has been selected by the Pac-10 softball coaches as the top team in the Conference to start off the 2010 season. The Huskies won the 2009 NCAA championship and also sit atop two 2010 national preseason polls. They garnered the highest possible point total of 49, receiving the maximum of seven first-place votes.
ARIZONA, which has reached the postseason in 21 of the last 22 years, was picked second with 41 votes. UCLA, last year’s preseason favorite, was tabbed third with a total of 37 points and picked up one first-place vote.
The race is tight in the middle of the pack with Arizona State, the 2008 national champions tied for fourth with STANFORD, each having collected 26 votes. CALIFORNIA is just behind, with 25 votes to nab the sixth spot. OREGON tallied 11 points for seventh, followed by OREGON STATE with 9 points.
The Pac-10 has won 22 of a total of 27 NCAA softball championships, including the last four straight, and will look to add to that mark in 2010.
Washington will begin the defense of its title on February 11 in a game against Auburn at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.. Arizona State and Stanford also begin their seasons on February 11, followed by California, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA opening their seasons on February 12 in tournament play. Pac-10 play will begin on April 1.
2010 Pac-10 Preseason Softball Coaches’ Poll
1. Washington (7) 49 pts.
2. Arizona 41 pts.
3. UCLA (1) 37 pts.
4. Arizona State 26 pts.
Stanford 26 pts.
6. California 25 pts.
7. Oregon 10 pts.
8. Oregon State 10 pts.