June 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State softball team received votes in each of the final two national polls, USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball announced today. It was the first time the Aztecs received votes in either poll since Feb. 21.
In the NFCA poll, SDSU finished with one vote, which tied it with four others for the 36th most votes in the country. Oregon State (a team San Diego State defeated this season) finished at No. 25 with 36 votes. Notre Dame (22), which the Aztecs beat earlier this year, and Florida State (17), which SDSU beat twice in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional, were the top two receiving votes teams, followed by Northwestern (16), Texas Tech (16), Brigham Young (12), Kentucky (11), Baylor (9), Arkansas (8), Virginia Tech (6) and Tulsa (4).
In the USA Softball poll, San Diego State totaled 10 points, which was good enough for the 31st most in the nation. North Carolina grabbed the final spot in the top 25 with 39 points, while Texas Tech (35), Oregon State (34), Baylor (16), Georgia Tech (13) and Notre Dame (11) all had more than the Aztecs, but didn't crack the top 25. SDSU totaled more points than Virginia Tech (9), Arkansas (7), Northwestern (6), Tulsa (6), Kentucky (5), Brigham Young (4), Texas State (4), South Alabama (4) and Massachusetts (1).
National champion Alabama garnered all 20 first-place votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, but somehow only had 28 of the 30 first-place votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll (runner-up Oklahoma had the other two top votes).
San Diego State finished 32-24 on the season, advancing to the NCAA tournament for a school-record fifth consecutive year and capturing its fifth Mountain West title and first since 2008. The Aztecs went 2-2 in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional before being eliminated in the regional championship game for the second straight year, falling just short of the NCAA Super Regionals (equivalent to the Sweet 16). SDSU finished with single-season program records in slugging percentage (.466), doubles (79), home runs (58), RBIs (237) and total bases (692).