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Softball Takes No. 17 in NFCA Preseason Poll

January 22, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M softball team nabbed the No. 17 national ranking in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Preseason Poll, the organization announced today.

The Aggies, who ended the 2012 season with a No. 19 NFCA ranking and a No. 10 final RPI standing, will begin their first season in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) among the top 20 in the nation.

Of the 13 SEC schools to sponsor the sport of softball, seven were ranked among the top 25 and two (Mississippi State and Kentucky) are receiving votes. 2012 National Champion Alabama claimed the top spot on the list and was followed by fellow SEC schools No. 6 Tennessee, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Georgia, No. 10 LSU, No. 14 Florida and No. 17 A&M.

The Aggies have a challenging 2013 slate, playing against six top 10 teams and nine top 25 clubs. A&M's nonconference opponents on the list are No. 5 Oregon, No. 11 Louisiana Lafayette, No. 15 Michigan and No. 19 UCLA. Illinois State is receiving votes.

The team will start the hunt for a 12th straight NCAA Tournament berth a trip to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series at the Stacy Winsberg Tournament in Los Angeles, Feb. 8-10, beginning with games against a pair of NCAA Tournament competitors in Long Beach State, the 2012 Big West Champions, and host school UCLA. The Aggies will also play Cal State Bakersfield and Wright State in L.A. before closing out the tournament with another game vs. the Bruins.

To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

Rank

Team

2012 Record

Totals

Final 2012 Poll

1

Alabama (25)

60-8

765

1

2

Oklahoma (5)

54-10

745

2

3

California (1)

58-7

704

3

4

Arizona State

53-11

684

4

5

Oregon

45-18

635

5

6

Tennessee

52-14

626

6

7

Texas

47-13

534

9

8

Missouri

47-14

496

11

9

Georgia

45-17

490

10

10

LSU

40-25

475

7

11

Louisiana Lafayette

53-6

429

12

12

USF

50-14

423

8

13

Arizona

38-19

406

13

14

Florida

48-11

342

18

15

Michigan

42-17

326

15

16

Washington

39-19

316

14

17

Texas A&M

41-18

296

19

18

Louisville

55-5

255

17

19

UCLA

36-20

216

20

20

Hofstra

42-15

203

16

21

Stanford

40-19

183

21

22

North Carolina

43-15

102

24

23

Hawai'i

44-9

89

22

24

Baylor

34-22

80

RV

25

Florida State

47-16

58

RV

Others Receiving Votes:  Notre Dame (43), Georgia Tech (29), Syracuse (27), Kentucky (23), Oregon State (22), Texas Tech (12), Virginia Tech (11), DePaul (10), Northwestern (5), BYU (4), Houston (3), Tulsa (2), Mississippi State (2), Illinois State (2), South Alabama (2).

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