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Arizona State won’t be No. 1 when it takes on Arizona softball

The Arizona State softball team won’t be ranked No. 1 when it visits Tucson for a three-game series with the Arizona Wildcats, starting on Thursday night.

The Sun Devils dropped from first to second in this week’s USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll released Tuesday morning.

ASU received 12 of 30 first-place votes but was edged out at No. 1 by Michigan. Arizona is ranked seventh. ASU also is No. 2, and UA seventh, in the ESPN/USA Softball poll.

The Thursday night and Friday night games at Hillenbrand Stadium will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is set to start at 1 p.m.

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