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Softball Ranked Third in ESPN.com/USA Softball Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/14/2004
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Jan. 14, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Wildcat softball team earned a No. 3 ranking behind UCLA and California in the 2004 ESPN.com/USA Softball Pre-Season Top 25 Collegiate Poll.

UCLA tops the poll after winning last season's national championship, and Cal, who eliminated the Cats from the College World Series last year, edged out Arizona by six votes to claim the second spot. The final 2003 poll ranked UCLA, Cal and Arizona in the same order.

Four of the eight Pac-10 softball teams were voted in the top five, with Washington claiming the fifth spot. The remaining Pac-10 teams were also ranked, rounded out by No. 23 Oregon State.


2004 ESPN.com/USA Softball Pre-Season Top 25 Preseason Poll
Team Name (1st Votes)    Votes    2003 Record     Rank in final 2003 Poll
1. UCLA (18)             474       54-7            1
2. California (1)        442       49-20           2
3. Arizona               436       56-7            3
4. Oklahoma              412       47-14           6
5. Washington            367       47-16-1         5
6. Alabama               358       49-21           7
7. Michigan              277       44-16           13
8. Nebraska              276       39-17           16
9. Louisiana Lafayette   268       47-11           8
10. Georgia              258       57-14           14
11. Texas                254       49-9            4
12. Stanford             236       41-26           18
13. Oregon               220       37-19           11
14. DePaul               219       48-7-1          10
15. LSU                  199       50-18           17
16. Cal State Fullerton  180       41-15           9
17. Texas A&M            168       38-22           15
18. Iowa                 166       44-15           20
19. Arizona State        145       32-25           22
20. Florida State        139       46-11           21
21. Fresno State         127       36-22           -
22. Oklahoma State       96        39-15           12
23. Oregon State         93        36-31           25
24. Michigan State       62        40-19           19
25. Tennessee            59        45-25           - 

Others receiving votes - South Carolina (47), Florida (37), Southern Illinois (35), Pacific (26), Northwestern (16), Massachusetts (15), Ohio State (14), Minnesota (9), Texas State (8), Baylor (8), Marshall (8), Notre Dame (4), South Florida (2), and Florida Atlantic (1).

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