Auburn and Alabama ranked in softball preseason top five

(WIAT) — Let the hype begin for the Alabama and Auburn softball programs this spring. Both schools are ranked in the top five of the USA Today/ NFCA preseason coaches poll, released Tuesday.

Auburn comes in at No. 4, its highest preseason ranking ever after a 56-win season in 2015 along with a Southeastern Conference Tournament title and a Women’s College World Series appearance,

Alabama comes in at No. 5, having also made the College World Series after a 48-15 2015 season.

In total, eight SEC schools are represented in the top 25, the most of any conference: Florida (1/1), LSU (3), Auburn (4), Alabama (5), Tennessee (8), Georgia (12), Missouri (15) and Kentucky (18). Texas A&M and Mississippi State are both receiving votes outside the top 25.

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