Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Weekend Round-Up (3/31-4/2, 2017)

Arizona (9-0, 37-1) and Oregon (8-0, 33-0) continue to lead the Pac 12, with Utah (6-2, 24-7) also off to a strong start. The Ducks were ranked No. 1 in the last ESPN.com/USA Softball national poll.

Florida (10-1, 33-2), Texas A&M (9-2, 31-3), and LSU (7-2, 31-7) hold down the top three slots in the SEC. So tough is this league that Auburn, the preseason national No. 2-ranked team, is currently tied for fifth (6-3, 31-5).

Florida State, No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA poll, continues to make a mockery of the ACC, leading the circuit with a 15-0 mark (35-1-1 overall).

Finally, although Michigan has slipped at the national level, it is off to a strong start in B1G play. The Wolverines have not allowed a run in sweeping Penn State and Northwestern. With a non-conference blanking of Central Michigan thrown in, Wolverine pitchers have thrown seven straight shutouts.

Minnesota, which lately has been the B1G team with the highest national ranking (sixth in both polls), is 5-1. The Gophers swept Nebraska, but dropped one of three to Illinois.