Lady Tigers and Cajuns finish inside Top 20 in both polls

BATON ROUGE – The LSU softball team garnered a No. 18 and No. 19 national ranking Tuesday as both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today NFCA Top 25 released their final polls for the 2010 season.

The Tigers have now spent 78 consecutive weeks ranked in the polls dating back to the 2006 season, including 24 weeks inside the Top 10. LSU was ranked as high as No. 10 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll on May 18. Joining the Tigers from the SEC in the final rankings is Georgia (No. 3/4), Tennessee (No. 4/3), Florida (No. 6) and Alabama (No. 9/8).

LSU earned a runner-up finish at the SEC Tournament en route to a 45-16 finish, its 10th season with at least 45 victories since softball was reinstated in 1997. The Tigers also reeled off a program-best 24-game winning streak and recorded their 12th NCAA Regional appearance in 2010.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll – June 15, 2010 – FINAL

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll

1 UCLA (30) 50-11 750 5

2 Arizona 52-14 720 3

3 Georgia 50-13 668 9

4 Tennessee 49-15 654 16

5 Washington 50-9 625 1

6 Florida 49-10 607 6

7 Hawai`i 50-15 583 23

8 Missouri 51-13 547 8

9 Alabama 52-11 495 4

10 Michigan 49-8 475 2

11 Oklahoma 47-12 439 11

12 Arizona State 44-17 404 10

13 California 44-19 390 12

14 Oregon 36-21 348 22

15 BYU 46-13 303 RV

16 Louisiana-Lafayette 45-18 282 RV

17 Georgia Tech 51-11 255 7

18 Texas 43-15 211 13

19 LSU 45-16 171 17

20 Texas A&M 44-16 134 20

21 Stanford 37-19 133 15

22 Ohio State 39-14 113 19

23 Oklahoma State 44-16 96 14

24 North Carolina 42-20 79 NR

25 Illinois 45-18 58 18

Dropped Out: No. 21 Massachusetts, No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 25 Florida State

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 37, Hofstra 31, Fresno State 24, Massachusetts 22, Fordham 18, Long Island 15, Louisville 14, Lipscomb 13, DePaul 9, East Carolina 8, Florida State 6, Kentucky 5, San Diego State 3, Texas Tech 2, Illinois State 1, Florida International 1 and Radford 1.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 – June 15, 2010 – Final

Rank Team Record Points Last Week Ranking

1 UCLA (20) 50-11 500 4

2 Arizona 52-13 480 6

3 Tennessee 49-15 439 15

4 Georgia 50-13 428 9

5 Washington 50-9 412 1

6 Florida 49-10 405 5

7 Hawai`i 50-16 385 19

8 Alabama 52-11 366 3

9 Missouri 51-13 341 14

10 Oklahoma 47-12 311 8

11 Michigan 49-8 283 2

12 California 44-19 269 13

13 Arizona State 44-17 257 11

14 Oregon 36-20 237 T21

15 BYU 46-13 195 RV

16 Georgia Tech 51-11 182 7

17 Louisiana-Lafayette 45-18 172 NR

18 LSU 44-16 144 10

19 Texas 43-15 121 12

20 North Carolina 42-20 90 RV

21 Illinois 45-8 63 17

22 Texas A &M 44-16 62 18

23 Oklahoma State 44-16 54 20

T24 Stanford 37-19 52 16

T24 Ohio State 39-14 52 T21

Dropped Out: No. 23 Massachusetts, No. 24 Florida State, No. 25 Notre Dame

Others Receiving Votes: Fordham 44, Notre Dame 27, Louisville 27, Hofstra 26, Long Island 17, Lipscomb 13, Florida State 11, Massachusetts 10, DePaul 10, Fresno State 6, Florida International 5,

East Carolina 3 and Kentucky 1.

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