UA SOFTBALL

Arizona softball: UA one of seven Pac-12 teams in preseason Top 25

2013-01-30T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:15:26Z Arizona softball: UA one of seven Pac-12 teams in preseason Top 25Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Mike Candrea had to be told his Arizona Wildcats were picked No. 13 in Tuesday's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll.

"Didn't even look at it," he said. "Our big goal with this team is just to think about now."

That will, eventually, include a parade of ranked teams. The poll listed seven Pac-12 teams: No. 3 Cal, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 6 Oregon, No. 16 Washington, No. 19 UCLA, No. 20 Stanford and Arizona. The UA will play 23 games against preseason Top 25 teams this year.

Alabama, which beat Oklahoma in the Women's College World Series finals, was ranked No. 1. OU was second.

Pendley joins Sooners

Shelby Pendley, the first-team All-Pac-12 shortstop who transferred from the UA in December, landed at a familiar spot: Oklahoma.

The sophomore enrolled this month and will play this season for the Sooners, who knocked the UA from the playoffs the past two years.

"I have made all the comments I want to make," Candrea said of Pendley.

Inside pitch

• UA catcher Chelsea Goodacre could miss the Feb. 8 opener and the rest of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Candrea said, after having treatment performed to lessen pain in her right, throwing elbow.

• Center fielder Hallie Wilson could start the season at first base, Candrea said, praising the left hander's good hands and quick-release throws on bunts.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Preseason Top 25

Overall poll

The preseason top 25, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Alabama (13)

2. Oklahoma (7)

3. California

4. Arizona State

5. Tennessee

6. Oregon

7. Missouri

8. Georgia

9. Texas

10. South Florida

11. Louisiana-Lafayette

12. LSU

13. Michigan

14. Arizona

15. Florida

16. Washington

17. Texas A&M

18. Louisville

19. UCLA

20. Stanford

21. North Carolina

T22. Baylor

T22. Hofstra

24. Florida State

25. Hawaii

Finley's poll

Star reporter Patrick Finley votes in the poll. Here's his weekly ballot:

1. Alabama

2. Oklahoma

3. Cal

4. Arizona State

5. Tennessee

6. Oregon

7. Texas

8. Missouri

9. LSU

10. Georgia

11. Florida

12. Louisiana-Lafayette

13. Arizona

14. Texas A&M

15. South Florida

16. Washington

17. UCLA

18. Louisville

19. Michigan

20. Stanford

21. North Carolina

22. Baylor

23. Florida State

24. Hawaii

25. Hofstra

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