Softball up to #13

After going 5-0 last week, including a pair of wins over then No. 10 Oklahoma, the LSU softball team moved up to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Softball poll this week.

The Tigers (21-3) have tied their best start to a season in school history, matching the 1998 and 2004 teams through 24 games. LSU opens Southeastern Conference play this weekend at Ole Miss. The Tigers have won five league titles in the nine-year history of the conference.

 

LSU moved up six places in the poll after coming in at No. 19 last week. The Tigers entered the poll at No. 25 three weeks ago after receiving votes in the preseason poll, and have now been ranked for four consecutive weeks and 43 weeks overall since the poll began in 2003.

 

LSU's three losses on the season come to teams with a combined ranking of No. 17 and an average ranking less than No. 6 -- No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford and No. 8 Oregon State. The Tigers have also posted a pair of wins over a pair of nationally ranked teams, No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 15 Washington.

 

LSU is one of six SEC teams ranked in the poll. Along with the Tigers, Tennessee is tied for No. 2, Alabama is No. 7, Georgia is No. 11, Auburn is No. 20 and Mississippi State is No. 24.

 

ESPN /USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll

March 7 – For the week of Feb. 27- March 5

 

Rank

Team

2006 Record

Points

PVS

1.

Arizona (14)

20-1

490

1

T2.

Tennessee (3)

13-0

470

2

T2.

Texas (2)

24-1

470

3

4.

UCLA (1)

18-1

450

4

5.

Stanford

17-4

400

5

6.

Cal

11-2

383

8

7.

Alabama

15-3

380

6

8.

Oregon State

18-2

367

9

9.

Michigan

9-4

332

7

10.

Arizona State

21-1

314

12

11.

Georgia

17-3

308

11

12

UL-Lafayette

13-0

249

15

13

LSU

21-3

224

19

14.

Oklahoma

15-7-1

223

10

15.

Washington

15-5

221

13

16.

Northwestern

9-5

196

16

17.

Nebraska

21-5

194

17

18.

Baylor

16-6

178

18

19.

Texas A&M

14-8

168

14

20.

Auburn

15-3

123

20

21.

DePaul

7-2

76

21

22.

Louisville

12-2

64

22

23.

Virginia Tech

14-3

52

RV

24.

Mississippi State

18-2

37

RV

25.

Fresno State

13-11

29

23

 

Parenthesis Denotes first place votes.

Others receiving votes:  North Carolina (27), BYU (20), Iowa (17), Southern Illinois (11), Cal-State Fullerton (7), Oregon (6), Missouri (4), San Diego State (3), Florida (2), North Carolina State (2), Georgia Tech (2) and Illinois State (1).


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