Florida Softball Checks in at No. 5 in Preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

By: UF Sports Communications
By: UF Sports Communications

Starkville, Mississippi - For the third-consecutive season, the University of
Florida softball team will kick off its campaign with a top-five
preseason ranking, as the Gators were tabbed No. 5 in the Preseason USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday. UF has been ranked or receiving votes in every USA Today/NFCA poll since the 2005 season, hitting No. 1 a total of 13 times, including 11 of 16 polls during the 2009 season.

The Gators, who finished last season at No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 with a 49-10 record (20-4 SEC), are coming off their
third-consecutive WCWS appearance in 2010 after also garnering a
top-five seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight year.
Florida returns 11 letterwinners, led by senior All-American pitcher
Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), and welcomes a class of
six newcomers, including Gatorade National Player of the Year Kasey
Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.).

Defending national champion UCLA claimed the top preseason spot with 27 of the 30 first-place votes. The Gators will collide with seven
opponents that appear in the preseason top 25 poll, including tilts with
the top-ranked Bruins (2/25), No. 3 Georgia (3/25-27), No. 4 Tennessee
(5/6-8), No. 6 Alabama (4/22-24), No. 15 Texas (2/24), No. 19 LSU (3/9)
and No. 25 North Carolina (2/19).

The Pac-10 paced the preseason poll with seven member institutions in
the top 25, followed by the SEC and Big 12 with five each. The Big 10
had three top-25 selections, while the ACC tallied two. The WAC, Sun
Belt and Mountain West conferences each had one representative.

Florida kicks off the 2011 campaign on the road with the USF Wilson
DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla., a five-game stint from Feb. 11-13,
and will face Florida Gulf Coast (2/11), Marshall (2/11), NC State
(2/12), Long Island (2/12) and USF (2/13) during the three-day span.

RANK/TEAM 2010 RECORD TOTALS
FINAL ’10 POLL

1 UCLA (27)
50-11
738
1

2 Arizona (3)
52-14
715
2

3 Georgia
50-13
669
3

4 Tennessee
49-15
645
4

5 FLORIDA
49-10
607
6

6 Alabama
52-11
588
9

7 Missouri
51-13
564
8

8 Hawaii
50-15
500
7

9 Oklahoma
47-12
488
11

10 Washington
50-9
475
5

11 Michigan
49-8
445
10

12 California
44-19
413
13

13 Arizona State
44-17
403
12

14 Oregon
36-21
387
14

15 Texas
43-15
286
18

16 BYU
46-13
269
15

17 Louisiana Lafayette
45-18
248
16

18 Georgia Tech
51-11
231
17

19 LSU
45-163
219
19

20 Stanford
37-19
209
21

21 Texas A&M
44-16
170
20

22 Ohio State
39-14
100
22

23 Oklahoma State
44-16
83
23

24 Illinois
45-18
69
25

25 North Carolina
42-20
51
24

Others Receiving Votes: Fresno St. 31, Hofstra 29, Florida St. 22,
Fordham 13, DePaul 12, Nebraska 9, Lipscomb 8, Radford 7, Florida International 7, Kentucky 7, Louisville 6, Notre Dame 6, Texas Tech 4, East Carolina 4, Massachusetts 3, Auburn 3, San Diego St. 1, Long Island 1, Illinois St. 1, Northwestern 1.


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