Softball Team Ranked No. 3 in RPI Poll

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Softball Team Ranked No. 3 in RPI Poll

BATON ROUGE — The 2002 Southeastern Conference Champion Tiger softball team finished ranked No. 3 in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) poll compiled by the NCAA, while the SEC was ranked the third best conference in the nation.

Ranked ahead of national champion California and Women’s College World Series participants Arizona State, Florida State, Nebraska and Michigan, LSU fell just behind perennial softball powerhouses UCLA and Arizona.

As a league, the 11-team SEC ranked third among conferences nationally behind the always dominant eight-team Pac-10 Conference and the ACC, which has only five participating softball teams.

LSU finished the year with a 56-11 record and won its fourth-consecutive conference title. The Tigers also became the first school in SEC history to win back-to-back conference tournament championships, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight year.

LSU traveled to the NCAA Regionals in Lafayette, La., as a No. 1 seed in Region 3, but lost out to Arizona State on the final day of competition

Seniors Britni Sneed and Trena Peel were both named All-Americans for the Tigers, while earning SEC Pitcher and Athlete of the Year honors respectively. Head Coach Yvette Girouard was also named the SEC tri-Coach of the Year and Louisiana Coach of the Year.

Boasting the nation’s fifth-best recruiting class, the Tigers will open play at home in the Tiger Classic on Feb. 7 against Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. LSU will also face Baylor and DePaul as part of the three-day tournament.

Top 10 Schools
1. UCLA
2. Arizona
3. LSU
4. Florida Atlantic
5. Texas
6. Arizona State
7. DePaul
8. Michigan
9. California
10. Washington

Top Five Conferences
1. Pac-10
2. ACC
3. SEC
4. Big 12
5. Big Ten