UCLA Softball Ranked 14th in NFCA Preseason Coaches Poll

Jan. 23, 2008

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The UCLA softball team is ranked 14th in the NFCA Preseason Coaches Poll as announced on Wednesday. The Bruins received one first-place vote and 381 points in the initial ranking.

Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are in the Top 25, led by top-ranked and defending champion Arizona. Other league teams in the rankings are Arizona State (3), Washington (11), Oregon State (18), Stanford (19) and Oregon (20), while California is also receiving votes.

Among the Bruins' non-conference opponents, seven are in the Top 25, including fifth-ranked Oklahoma, which UCLA plays twice during the season-opening Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. Northwestern (7), Baylor (8), Hawai'i (15), Virginia Tech (16), Cal State Fullerton (21) and Missouri (25) are also UCLA opponents which are ranked.

The Bruins open their 2008 season at Easton Stadium on Feb. 8 against Nevada (10 a.m.) and Oklahoma (12:30 p.m.). UCLA faces Santa Clara (1 p.m.) and UC Santa Barbara (3:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Oklahoma again on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

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