Jan. 24, 2006
FULLERTON, CA -
The Cal State Fullerton softball team will begin the 2006 season as one of 20 schools receiving votes in the first ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 released on Tuesday afternoon.
The Titans received 40 votes and are essentially "ranked" No. 26 in the country as the top team of the 20 listed with votes.
Fullerton finished the 2005 season with a 30-21 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament where it finished second in the regional to eventual national runner-up UCLA. The Titans reached the postseason for the 23rd time in the 26-year history of the program and received votes in both of the final 2005 coaches polls.
The Titans return seven position starters and all four pitchers from last seasons squad led by first-team All-West Region honoree Candice Baker, and All-Big West Conference honorees Tiffany Hoff, Marissa Marzan, and Ashley Van Boxmeer.
Fullerton will face 17 teams either ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes, including 13 games against those teams in the first four weekends of the season.
For the first time ever, a team outside the Pacific-10 Conference sits atop the preseason poll as defending national champion Michigan received 16 of the 20 available first-place votes to outdistance No. 2 UCLA. Tennessee, Texas, and Arizona round out the top five.
The Pac-10 and Big 12 Conferences lead the way with six teams each ranked in the top 25 with the Southeastern Conference not far behind with five schools. The Wolverines are one of three schools from the Big Ten with five other conferences represented with one team each.
The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll is voted on by NCAA Division I coaches representing 15 different ASA regions and 11 collegiate conferences as well as selected softball media members.
For a complete Top 25 listing, please visit USA Softball's website by clicking here.