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Bruin Softball Tops Pre-Season Poll
By: UCLA Athletics

Jan. 24, 2001

The UCLA softball team, the runner-up in last season's NCAA Championship, has been selected the preseason No. 1 by the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. The Preseason Top 25 is voted on by 27 Division I softball coaches, representing all areas of the USA.

This is the second consecutive season that the Bruins have held the top spot in the NFCA's Preseason poll. UCLA returns 13 letterwinners for 2001, including five position starters and all three pitchers from the 2000 team. Additionally, the Bruins will once again enjoy the services of junior All-American catcher Stacey Nuveman, who sat out the 2000 collegiate season in order to participate with the U.S. Olympic Team, which won the gold medal in Sydney last September.

The Bruins have won nine National Championships in softball, including eight NCAA titles, most recently winning the 1999 Championship. UCLA will open its 2001 schedule at San Jos? State on Sat., Feb. 3 at the Early Bird Classic, and will open its home slate on Sat. Feb. 10 at 1 pm, with a doubleheader against San Diego at Easton Stadium.

All eight Pac-10 schools that sponsor softball are ranked in the poll's top-20: No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 California, No. 15 Stanford, No. 16 Oregon State and No. 20 Oregon. The Bruins non-conference schedule features six other ranked teams.

USA Today/NFCA Preseason Poll (2001 UCLA opponents in italics)

2000
RkTEAMRecordPtsLY
1.UCLA (13)46-12-1 655 2
2.Oklahoma (10)66-86421
3.Arizona (4)59-96323
4.Washington61-95415
5.Alabama 66-145356
6.Arizona State43-2052310 (tie)
7.California49-254847
8.LSU 59-13 4659
9.Fresno State54-1445510 (tie)
10.DePaul40-224128
11.Michigan45-16-136213
12.Nebraska52-2135314
13.Iowa46-1530115
14.Cal State Fullerton45-1529519
15.Stanford45-1827018
16.Oregon State40-21-126112
17.Florida State51-2721017
18.South Carolina40-2816922 (tie)
19.Notre Dame47-1415724
20.Oregon35-2914516
21.Southern Mississippi63-131374
22.Long Beach State39-23125NR
23.Mississippi State44-2710821
24.Texas30-27-194NR
25.Utah42-236720

Others Receiving Votes: Florida Atlantic (56), Illinois-Chicago (35), Hofstra (32), Massachusetts (32), Oklahoma State (31), Louisiana Lafayette (27), Florida (23), Texas A&M (23), Penn State (21), Central Michigan (20), Cal State Northridge (16), Hawaii (13), New Mexico (10), Wisconsin (8), North Carolina (7), Northwestern (6), Virginia Tech (6), South Florida (2). Three other schools (totaling 9 points) were mentioned on only one ballot and are not included among others receiving votes.

First-place votes are in parentheses. Records are from the 2000 season. LY is team's ranking in the final 2000 Top 25.

EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 15 - 7 (5)
Saturday, May 07
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Sunday, May 08
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Rained Out
Friday, May 20
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, May 21
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 1 - 8
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1 (9)
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1
Thursday, Jun 02
vs. Auburn
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 3 - 10
Saturday, Jun 04
vs. Florida State
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 4 - 8
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