Who will challenge top-seed Cal?
1. Can California be stopped?
A season ago, the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 passed between eight teams before Arizona State finally took the top spot for good in late April and raced with relative ease to its second national championship in four seasons. It took far less time for a favorite to emerge this season, and that's no coincidence. California really is that good.
Coach Diane Ninemire's team claimed the top spot in the poll after just one week of ...
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