Softball finishes No. 14 in NFCA poll

STARKVILLE, Miss. ??? The Tennessee Lady Vol softball team completed the 2008 campaign at No. 14 in the country according to the final USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) rankings. The Big Orange registered a 50-16 overall record, posting the program???s fifth consecutive 50-plus win season, while advancing to NCAA Regionals for the fifth straight year.

UT has now been rated in each of the last 75 USA Today/NFCA polls dating back to the initial listing of the 2004 campaign.

National champion Arizona State (66-5) finished as the unanimous choice at No. 1 following their undefeated run through the annual Women???s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. WCWS Championship Series finalist Texas A&M (57-10) held down the No. 2 slot with Southeastern Conference champion Florida (70-5) sitting in third. Alabama (58-8) and UCLA (51-9) wrapped up the 2008 season at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Other SEC schools in the poll included Georgia (46-24) at 17th and LSU (44-18) at 18th. Mississippi State and Auburn were included among those programs ???receiving votes.???





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