Feb. 12, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team checked in at No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Poll while dropping to No. 2 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25, both organizations announced Tuesday.
A perfect 5-0 mark at the University of Northern Iowa Dome Tournament has allowed Alabama to maintain its position on top of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball poll for a second straight week the Association announced on Tuesday.
The Crimson Tide picked up 21 of a possible 31 first-place votes, however, UA saw its advantage over No. 2 Oklahoma (5-0) trimmed from 20 points in the preseason poll to just nine tallies following the opening weekend. The Sooners received 10 first-place nods after roaring through the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., going 5-0 with victories over then-No. 5 Oregon and then-No. 21 Stanford.
Arizona State (7-0) rose one position to No. 3 and Tennessee (5-0) leapt a pair of spots from sixth to fourth. Florida (5-0) proved the poll's biggest climber, racing all the way from 14th in the preseason to fifth after wins over then-No. 3 California, then-No. 5 Oregon and then-No. 13 Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic.
Texas (5-0), Oregon (4-2) and Missouri (0-0) sit sixth through eighth, respectively. California (2-2) dropped from third to ninth, while LSU (4-1) rounded out this week's top 10.
After an impressive performance in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., the Oklahoma Sooners (5-0) took the coveted No. 1 spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The Sooners earned enough points to surpass 2012 NCAA Champion and Preseason First Place, Alabama (5-0), who was also undefeated on the weekend.
The Sooners, who outscored opponents 50-7 over the weekend, garnered 12 No. 1 votes this week with Alabama receiving the remaining 8 first place votes. In Tempe, Oklahoma started the weekend with a 6-0 win over then-No. 20 Stanford in which 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) picked up her first no-hitter of the year and second of her career. Other weekend action for the Sooners included a 14-2, five-inning run rule over Oregon State, a 12-0 run rule over then-No. 6 Oregon in which Ricketts picked up her second no-hitter of the weekend, an 11-1 five-inning win over New Mexico, and a 7-4 defeat of Northwestern. In the five games, OU's batters managed 13 homeruns and a .316 average.
No. 2 Alabama produced nine homeruns of their own over the course of five wins at the UNI Dome Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Junior Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) pitched her team to three of the wins with a .049 ERA only allowing one run in 14.1 innings pitched. The Crimson Tide outscored its opponents 43-12 over the five game slate.