June 10, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – In the final collegiate softball national rankings released earlier today, Wisconsin received votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 for the eighth time this season. The Badgers also came in at No. 24 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25, which marked the second-straight week the team was ranked in the poll.
The final rankings mark the second consecutive year and fourth time in the program’s 19-year history that UW has finished a campaign nationally ranked. The first two instances came in 2001 and 2002—prior to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25—when the Badgers were slotted at No. 21 and No. 25 in the USA Today/NFCA poll, respectively.
After a record-setting season in 2013 in which Wisconsin gathered a school-record 44 wins and received its first NCAA tournament berth since 2005, the team registered in at No. 25 in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 and received votes in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
This year, the Badgers received votes in at least one of the national polls six times in the 14 weeks prior to finally cracking the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 on May 13 when the team came in at No. 25.
Wisconsin finished the 2014 season at No. 32 in the NCAA Softball Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which factors in winning percentage, opponents’ winning percentage and the winning percentage of opponents’ opponents.
The Badgers faced nine of the 31 teams who posted a higher RPI ranking this season, including national champion No. 1 Florida and No. 3 Oregon. UW earned a 5-11 record against opponents with an RPI ranking of No. 22 or better, including notable wins against No. 11 Michigan (x2), No. 14 Arizona, No. 17 Minnesota and No. 21 Nebraska.