March 9, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team checked in ranked No.7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Crimson Tide finished the week 2-2 after hosting the Easton Challenge and enters week six of the season with a 14-5 record.
The University of Washington (17-1) remains the No. 1 softball team in the nation for the fourth straight week according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll after going 5-0 at the Hawai'i Invitational Tournament, including an eight-inning, 1-0 victory over host Hawai'i.
No. 5 Michigan moved up two spots with two victories over a then-No. 6 Alabama. UCLA dropped just one spot to No. 6 after a 3-2 loss to UC Riverside while Arizona State cracked the top ten at No. 10 with a five-win weekend, three of which were run-rule victories.
The California Golden Bears moved up two spots to No. 13 with five wins giving the Pac-10 Conference six teams in the top 13. Louisville dropped three spots to No. 20 after two losses to Oklahoma and one to Oklahoma State. The Oklahoma State Cowgirls saw the week's biggest improvement advancing from No. 24 to No. 19 with wins over ranked Oklahoma and Louisville.
No. 23 BYU, No. 24 Tennessee, and No. 25 Illinois all landed in this week's ESPN.com poll each completing the weekend undefeated.
In the NFCA Poll the rest of the top five, Arizona stayed put at No. 2 while Missouri and Florida traded places to finish in third and fourth, respectively, after No. 1 Washington. Michigan moved up two places to round out the first five spots, forcing UCLA from fifth to seventh.
Fresno State was the only team to drop out of the rankings this week and was replaced by North Carolina at No. 23.
Alabama will open the week with a doubleheader against Liberty on Tuesday, March 9. The Tide will then open Southeastern Conference play against Georgia this weekend.