Softball Ranked 10/11 in Preseason Rankings

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Softball Ranked 10/11 in Preseason Rankings

BATON ROUGE, La. – With a little over a week away from the start of the 2019 season, the LSU Softball team will begin the new campaign ranked 10th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and 11th in the USA Today/NFCA Di Coaches poll.

LSU, who has been ranked every week since the end of the 2014 season, ended the 2018 season with a 45-17 overall record. The Tigers return 14 players from the 2018 squad and add 10 newcomers including Preseason All-SEC selection Amanda Sanchez.

The Tigers earned a total of 446 points in the NFCA poll. In the ESPN/USA Softball poll, the Tigers picked up 270 points and is one of five teams from the SEC in the top 10.  

The Tigers kick off the 2019 season on February 7 with the Tigers Classic. LSU will play host to Tulsa, Iowa and Bucknell in its first week of competition. LSU will host three nonconference tournaments, four SEC weekend series and six midweek contests against state and regional opponents.

Single-game tickets for the 2019 LSU softball season are now on sale through the LSU Ticket Office and online at LSUtix.net. For more information on the 2019 softball schedule, click here.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusoftball on Instagram.

2019 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – Jan. 29 (Preseason)

Rank, School (First-Place Votes), Points, 2018 Record, Final 2018 Ranking
1, Florida State (21, 780, 58-12, 1
2, UCLA (6), 756, 58-7, 3
3, Washington (5), 742, 52-10, 2
4, Oklahoma, 696, 57-5, 4
5, Florida, 664, 56-11, 5
6, Georgia, 604, 48-13, 8
7, Arizona, 591, 43-16, 11
8, Tennessee, 571, 48-14, 10
t9, Alabama, 453, 36-20, 14
t9, South Carolina, 453, 49-17, 12
11, LSU, 446, 45-17, 9
12, Arizona State, 384, 48-13, 7
13, Kentucky, 379, 35-21, 15
14, Arkansas, 368, 42-17, 16
15, ULL, 336, 41-16, 18
16, Texas, 332, 33-26, NR
17, Auburn, 299, 41-17, 17
18, Baylor, 278, 38-18, 19
19, Michigan, 249, 44-13, 22
20, Texas A&M, 199, 44-18, 13
21, Minnesota, 124, 41-17 ,21
22, Oklahoma State, 112, 39-22, RV
23, James Madison, 101, 43-14, RV
24, Mississippi State, 95, 38-23, 23
25, Oregon, 82, 53-10, 6

Receiving Votes: Long Beach State (69), Notre Dame (40), Liberty (30), Texas State (23), Northwestern (22), Ohio State (15), Hofstra (15), Cal State Fullerton (13), Drake (12), California (10), Missouri (9), Florida Gulf Coast (7), Oregon State (7), Boise State (4), McNeese State (3), Wichita State (2), Tulsa (1), Houston (1), Longwood (1), Ole Miss (1), USF (1).

The 2019 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA’s Division I Conferences.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), 2018 Record, Points, 2018 Ranking
1, UCLA (5), 476, 58-7, 3
2, Washington (5), 472, 52-10, 2
3, Florida State (7), 459, 58-12, 1
4, Oklahoma (2), 435, 57-5, 4
5, Florida (1), 428, 56-11, 6
6, Arizona, 375, 43-16, T12
7, Georgia, 374, 48-13, 8
8, Tennessee, 367, 48-14, 10
9, South Carolina, 282, 49-17, T12
10, LSU, 270, 45-17, 9
11, Alabama, 257, 36-20, 14
T12, Arizona State, 229, 48-13, 7
T12, Arkansas, 229, 42-17, 16
14, Michigan, 217, 44-13, 21
15, Kentucky, 214, 36-20, 15
16, Texas, 166, 33-26, NR
17, Auburn, 156, 41-17, 20
18, ULL, 155, 41-16, 19
19, Baylor, 144, 36-18, 19
20, Texas A&M, 135, 44-18, 11
21, Oklahoma State, 93, 39-22, RV
22, James Madison, 83, 43-14, RV
23, Minnesota, 72, 41-17, 17
24, Ohio State, 56, 36-16, T24
25, Long Beach State, 50, 43-14, 22

Others receiving votes: Houston (31), Notre Dame (30), Mississippi State (25), Texas State (25), Northwestern (24), Drake (23), California (20), Oregon State (20), Wichita State (17), Louisville (16), Oregon (16), Cal State Fullerton (15), South Florida (10), Tulsa (8), Virginia Tech (6), Liberty (5), Wisconsin (5), Fresno State (4), Lipscomb (2), Ole Miss (2), Hofstra (1), Nebraska (1)