Softball Ranked No. 15 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Preseason Poll
Jan. 27, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Washington Husky softball team earned a No. 15 preseason ranking in the 2009 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top25 preseason poll, which was announced Tuesday by the Amateur Softball Association.
Last week, Washington earned the No. 21 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll, but they were placed at No. 15 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll after receiving votes in the final poll of the 2008 season. The Huskies are the only team not ranked at the end of last season to move into the rankings for 2009.
The Huskies are one of six Pac-10 teams in the top 15 of the poll. Defending national champion Arizona State was ranked third, behind SEC powers Florida and Alabama, which were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The Huskies will face both Florida and Alabama in preseason tournaments.
Following the Sun Devils is another Pac-10 rival in UCLA, which starts the season at No. 4. Other Pac-10 schools in the rankings are Arizona (No. 7), Stanford (No. 9) and California (No. 14). Overall, the Huskies will play seven of the top 10 teams during the season.
The Huskies are coming off their 15th consecutive postseason appearance, posting a 30-25-1 record and advancing to the NCAA Regionals in 2008 despite playing without two All-Americans and an All-Pac-10 performer due to redshirts. All-American pitcher Danielle Lawrie returns to the mound after competing in the 2008 Olympic Games with Canada, while All-American infielder Ashley Charters and All-Pac-10 outfielder Lauren Greer return after taking the 2008 season off to heal from surgeries.
Washington kicks off its 2009 campaign Feb. 6-8 at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah. The Huskies' first home action will come when they host the Husky Softball Classic, Feb. 27-March 1.
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