FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU softball team received one vote to rank them No. 38 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday, February 26.
The vote marks the fifth time that the Eagles have earned at least one vote in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate national poll. The last time the Green and Blue made the list was March 31, 2009 when the Eagles collected 11 votes and were 37-5 in their second season among the Division I ranks.
The vote comes two days after FGCU (8-4) concluded hosting the LaQuinta Inn at the Airport Spring Break Invitational, while going 4-1 in the event which included victories over Big Ten member Michigan State and BIG EAST member Villanova.
The Top 25 poll includes two teams on the 2013 FGCU schedule with No. 2 Alabama having faced the Eagles on Feb. 15 before a crowd of 1,109 and a No. 15 Stanford team that FGCU will face in Palo Alto, Calif. on Mar. 8 and Mar. 9. In addition to FGCU, two other A-Sun schools, USC Upstate and Kennesaw State, are receiving votes.
FGCU will hit the road and head north to Clearwater, Fla. for the USF Under Amour Invitational that will run from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. The Green and Blue will play five games over course of the weekend event. For information on the USF Under Amour Invitational, including game times, participating teams and ticket information, visit the Tournament Central page (http://www.usfseries.com/2013-tournament-002.php).
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ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll
3. Arizona State
5. Texas A&M
23. Virginia Tech
Others receiving votes: Florida State (27), South Alabama (16), South Florida (12), Syracuse (12), Oregon State (12), Georgia Tech (5), Northwestern (4), Notre Dame (3), Ohio State (2), SC Upstate (2), North Carolina (1), Iowa (1), FGCU (1), Kennesaw State (1)