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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, Feb 12
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Feb 12
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
L, 1 - 5
Saturday, Feb 13 - 10:15 AM PST
vs. Wichita State
College Station, TX
Saturday, Feb 13 - 3:15 PM PST
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
Sunday, Feb 14 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UCF
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Notre Dame
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. LSU
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Pacific
Cathedral City, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Florida
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Georgia
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. BYU
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 9:30 AM PST
vs. Oklahoma
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. Northwestern
Cathedral City, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Mississippi State
Lakewood, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
Sunday, Mar 13 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Mar 20 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Mar 21 - 4:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Mar 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:30 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Apr 03 - 2:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Apr 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 17 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Apr 24 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Monday, Apr 25 - 7:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Apr 29 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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