LSU softball garners #10 preseason ranking
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The LSU softball team collected a No. 10 national ranking as the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) released its Top 25 preseason poll on Tuesday. It marked the first time since 2008 that the Tigers will be ranked inside the Top 10 to start the season.
Coming off the program's third Women's College World Series appearance, LSU brings back 12 letterwinners from a squad that turned in a 40-25 mark. The Tigers have been ranked inside the poll in 95 of the last 103 editions of the poll going back to the 2006 season.
LSU slated to square off 21 times against Top 25 competition, including 12 tilts versus six teams that appeared in the 2012 NCAA Super Regional round.
Joining the Tigers from the SEC among the Top 25 is defending national champion and No. 1 Alabama along with No. 6 Tennessee, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Georgia, No. 14 Florida and No. 17 Texas A&M.