Texas softball played a doubleheader Saturday from the Longhorn Class. It's Texas-North Carolina, followed by Texas-Arkansas. In the first of the two games, UT's Celina Felix is out at home plate by Katie Bailiff of North Carolina. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas softball enters ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25

Posted February 16th, 2016

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After a perfect 5-0 weekend in the Texas Classic to open the 2016 season, the Texas softball team came in at No. 24 in the first regular season poll by ESPN.com/USA Softball.

Texas is one of three Big 12 teams in the rankings. Oklahoma (3-2) was ranked No. 10 and Baylor came in at No. 21 after going 2-1 on opening weekend.

Fellow Texas school Texas A&M is No. 23 after a 4-1 showing in the Aggie Classic in College Station while Texas State, which was 5-1 this past weekend in the CenturyLink Classic in San Marcos, received one vote.

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The Longhorns are unbeaten after five games for the first time since 2013 and the eighth time in program history.

Texas had victories over Arkansas, North Carolina and North Dakota State at McCombs Field, with four of the Longhorns wins coming after a late-inning rally.

Here’s the full ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll:

RankTeamRecordPointsPrevious ranking
1Florida (19)4-04991
2Michigan4-14702
3Auburn5-04526
4LSU4-14233
5Oregon5-14224
6Alabama4-14015
7UCLA4-13577
8Louisiana-Lafayette5-033511
9Washington (1)4-029019
T10Arizona6-026915
T10Oklahoma3-22698
12Georgia4-026114
13Missouri0-025812
14Tennessee4-22559
15Florida State4-124710
16UCF4-121817
17Arizona State6-019420
18Minnesota3-218113
19Kentucky3-115618
20James Madison4-113021
21Baylor2-111216
22Fresno State5-082NR
23Texas A&M4-17524
24Texas5-054NR
25California3-14522

Others receiving votes: South Alabama (12), Utah (12), Mississippi State (6), USC Upstate (5), North Carolina State (4), Ohio State (4), Long Beach State (1), Texas State (1).

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