ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
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.
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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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