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.???