WALNUT CREEK, Calif.?-The Arizona softball team has been picked to finish second in the Pac-10 in a vote a vote by conference coaches, the league office announced Friday. Seven points are awarded for a first-place vote, six points for a second place vote, and so on. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
UCLA received seven of the eight first place votes for 49 points, while Arizona garnered one first place vote to aid its 41 points.
Arizona is coming off a 2005 season that saw the team finish in a four-way tie for the Pac-10 Championship, as the Cats finished 45-12 with a trip to the Women’s College World Series. UA returns four All-Americans, including Honda Award finalist Caitlin Lowe, three-time All-American Alicia Hollowell, 2004 batting champion Autumn Champion and Kristie Fox, who led the nation on RBI last season.
The Wildcats open their season on Feb. 10 in Tempe, Ariz. against Northwestern, as part of the Kajikawa Classic.
2006 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
School (First Place Votes) Points
1. UCLA (7) 49
2. Arizona (1) 41
3. Stanford 37
4. California 27
5. Oregon State 26
6. Washington 23
7. Arizona State 128. Oregon 9