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USA Today ranks Wildcats No. 6 in preseason softball

ESPN/USA Softball puts UA at No. 4

The University of Arizona softball team is ranked sixth in the preseason USA TODAY/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.

Washington received all 30 first-place votes to top the poll. Arizona State is ranked fifth, UCLA eighth, Stanford 10th, and California 12th.

On Tuesday, the Cats received one first-place vote and a No. 4 ranking in the ESPN/USA Softball poll.

The Wildcats, who finished 46-17 in 2009, received 424 points in the voting.

Washington, which received 17 first-place votes, is No. 1 with 479, followed by Alabama (with one first-place) at 457 and Michigan with 430. UCLA, which received the other first-place vote, is No. 6 at 396.

Other Pacific-10 Conference schools in the poll are No. 7 Arizona State (387), No. 11 California (282) and No. 12 Stanford (252).

The Wildcats open their season Feb. 12 in Tempe in the Kajikawa Classic. UA plays Western Michigan at 3 p.m. and Purdue at 5:30 p.m.

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