ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

Originally Published: March 15, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- For the first time this season there is a unanimous choice for the top team in collegiate softball. The Arizona Wildcats, ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week, garnered all 20 first place votes making it the unanimous choice as the top team in NCAA Division I softball.

With a 19-0 record, the Wildcats are the only undefeated team in the country. A big reason for their success has been junior All-American pitcher Alicia Hollowell. So far this season, Hollowell has won 12 games tossing five no-hitters and two perfect games.

Michigan moved up to No. 4 after extending its winning streak to 21 games. With two wins over Houston, Texas A&M cracked the top 10 for the first time, just edging out No. 11 Oklahoma who is on a school record 25-game win streak.

Alabama fell from the ranks of the top 10 after losing 2-of-3 to SEC rival Tennessee while Fresno State tumbled four spots to No. 21 with upset losses to Connecticut and UC Santa Barbara.

A perfect 5-0 week that included a 1-0 win over No. 2 California propelled No. 22 Arizona State into the top 25 for the first time this season. With the addition of Arizona State, the Pac 10 now has seven of its eight schools represented.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
Team Points Record Rank last week
1. Arizona (20) 500 19-0 1
2. California 473 22-2 2
3. Stanford 450 18-2 3
4. Michigan 433 21-1 5
5. Texas 419 18-3 4
6. Tennessee 388 29-4 7
7. UCLA 377 16-5 6
8. Louisiana-Lafayette 354 21-2 8
9. Baylor 352 27-3 9
10. Texas A&M 315 23-2 11
11. Oklahoma 313 27-4 12
12. Alabama 300 25-6 10
13. Georgia 234 19-7 15
14. Washington 204 14-7 14
15. LSU 184 17-5 13
16. Florida 180 21-6 16
17. Oregon State 155 14-6 18
18. Missouri 148 20-2 21
19. Nebraska 133 17-5 19
20. Georgia Tech 117 23-6 20
21. Fresno State 107 13-5 17
22. Arizona State 98 22-4 NR
23. Iowa 67 19-4 24
24. Florida State 63 19-9 22
25. Northwestern 40 13-6 23

Dropped out: Long Beach State.

Others receiving votes: Long Beach State (24), BYU (18), Southern Illinois (13), Creighton (11), Illinois State (6), Oklahoma State (6), Pacific (5), Syracuse (3), Auburn (3), South Carolina (3), Oregon (2), Virginia Tech (1), Ole Miss (1).

The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll is voted on by NCAA Division I coaches representing 15 different ASA regions and 12 different collegiate conferences. The poll is also voted on by selected softball media members.

For more information check out the official site of USA Softball.

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