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Texas softball unranked in NFCA preseason poll

Posted January 20th, 2015

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UT sophomore Stephanie Wong and the Longhorns enter the 2015 season unranked in preseason poll.
UT sophomore Stephanie Wong and the Longhorns enter the 2015 season unranked in preseason poll.

The Texas softball team received 16 votes in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll, but will enter the season on the outside looking in the Top 25.

Defending national champion Florida (55-12) received 20 first-place votes and totaled 699 points to claim the top spot in the Preseason Top 25 poll. The Gators spent five straight weeks at No. 1 in 2014 from Feb. 18-March 18 before returning there at the end of the season.

Oregon, which will play Texas on Feb. 6 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz, came in at No. 2 with eight first place votes. National runner-up Alabama (53-13) claimed the No. 3 spot with 648 points while Oklahoma (51-13) and Florida State (55-9) rounded out the top five.

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Coming in at No. 6 was Kentucky (50-19) with 565 points and at No. 7 with 536 points, UCLA (52-8). Rounding out the top-10 were Michigan (47-15), Louisiana (49-10-1) and national semifinalist Baylor (49-16).

The SEC led the way with nine teams in the Top 25 while the PAC 12 added five and the Big 10 had three teams. Baylor and Oklahoma were the only teams from the Big 12 in the preseason rankings. Texas A&M (37-22) came in at No. 24 with 71 points.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Click here to view the complete Top 25 poll. Final 2014 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

The Longhorns (35-23 in 2014) ended last year with a loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the regional final and unranked in the final 2014 NFCA poll.

Texas will begin its season on Feb. 6 against the University of California-Santa Barbara at the Kajikawa Classic. The Longhorns will play six teams this season ranked in the preseason poll, including Georgia (12) and UCLA (7) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Feb. 19-22 and Arizona State (16) at the Kajikawa Classic.

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