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Bruins Top 2004 USA Today/NFCA Softball Pre-Season Softball Poll
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  01/29/2004

Jan. 29, 2004

STARKVILLE, MS - Defending NCAA Champions UCLA tops the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason Division I Top-25 poll, it was announced on Wednesday. The poll is voted on by 27 NCAA Division I coaches representing different conferences.

UCLA returns 11 players from last year's championship team, including Women's College World Series Most Valuable Player Keira Goerl, who tossed the first no-hitter in the history of the NCAA Championship game last May.

Seven of the eight Pac-10 schools that sponsor softball are represented in the poll, with Pac-10 schools holding four of the top five spots. Ranked in the top five along with the Bruins are Arizona at No. 2, California at No. 3 and Washington at No. 5. Stanford (15th), Oregon (16th) and Arizona State (20th) are also ranked in the poll's top-20, while Oregon State is receiving votes and ranked 29th.

The complete poll is below. Records are from the 2003 season. First-place votes are in parentheses. n No. Team (1st Place Votes) '03 Record Pts Last Poll
1. UCLA (26) 54-7 674 1
2 Arizona 56-7 632 3
3. California (1) 49-20 629 2
4. Oklahoma 47-14 535 5
5. Washington 47-16-1 515 6
6. Alabama 49-21 514 7
7. Georgia 57-14 455 11
8. Nebraska 39-17 439 13
9. Louisiana-Lafayette 47-11 425 8
10. Michigan 44-16 425 12
(tie) Texas 49-9 419 4
12. DePaul 48-7-1 375 9
13. Cal State Fullerton 41-15 329 10
14. LSU 50-18 311 15
15. Stanford 41-26 262 23
16. Oregon 37-19 258 16
17. Iowa 44-15 242 t-17
18. Texas A&M 38-22 208 t-17
19. Florida State 46-11 198 19
20. Arizona State 32-25 195 20
21. Oklahoma State 39-15 184 14
22. South Carolina 39-19 90 21
23. Fresno State 36-22 80 NR
24. Southern Illinois 39-14 77 22
25. Michigan State 40-19 72 24

Others receiving votes: South Florida 50, Tennessee 39, Florida 29, Northwestern 29, Texas State-San Marcos 25, Oregon State 23, Massachusetts 8, Illinois 6, Minnesota 5, Notre Dame 4, Hawaii 4, Mississippi State 3, Florida Atlantic 3.


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