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Softball: Defending champs ranked No. 2

1/25/2011

Defending national champion UCLA is ranked No. 2 in the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, despite earning half of the 20 first-place votes.

Arizona, last year's runner-up, received nine first-place votes but is ranked at the top because of a higher point total. UCLA, which went 10-0 in the postseason last year, opens its title defense on Feb. 11 at Easton Stadium. The Pac-10 is represented well in the initial poll, with seven schools cracking the top 18.

The poll:

1. Arizona (9)

2. UCLA (10)

3. Alabama (1)

4. Georgia

5. Florida

6. Oklahoma

7. Tennessee

8. Michigan

9. Missouri

10. Arizona State

11. Washington

12. California

13. Hawaii

14. Oregon

15. Texas

16. Louisiana State

17. Georgia Tech

18. Stanford

19. Texas A&M

20. Brigham Young