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    Alabama Tops ESPN.com Preseason Poll

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Crimson Tide, the defending National Champion, has secured the No. 1 spot in the pre-season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Tide claimed 13 of 20 first place votes in the poll following their first-ever NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) title.

    At the 2012 NCAA WCWS in Oklahoma City, the Tide, led by Most Outstanding Player Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.), overcame two rain delays and an early three-run deficit to earn the Southeastern Conference (SEC) its first National Championship title.

    ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25
    2013 Season – Pre-season – January 29, 2013

    Rank

    Team

    2012 Record

    Points

    Final 2012 Ranking

    1.

    Alabama (13)

    60-8

    490

    1

    2.

    Oklahoma (7)

    54-10

    486

    2

    3.

    California

    58-7

    449

    3

    4.

    Arizona State

    53-11

    445

    4

    5.

    Tennessee

    52-14

    414

    7

    6.

    Oregon

    45-18

    390

    5

    7.

    Missouri

    47-14

    346

    11

    8.

    Georgia

    45-17

    332

    10

    9.

    Texas

    47-13

    297

    12

    10.

    South Florida

    50-14

    285

    8

    11.

    Louisiana-Lafayette

    53-6

    272

    9

    12.

    LSU

    40-25

    263

    6

    13.

    Michigan

    42-17

    233

    15

    14.

    Arizona

    38-19

    226

    13

    15.

    Florida

    48-13

    225

    16

    16.

    Washington

    39-19

    213

    14

    17.

    Texas A&M

    41-18

    195

    19

    18.

    Louisville

    55-5

    188

    18

    19.

    UCLA

    36-20

    144

    21

    20.

    Stanford

    40-19

    131

    20

    21.

    North Carolina

    43-15

    69

    25

    T22.

    Baylor

    34-22

    67

    RV

    T22.

    Hofstra

    42-15

    67

    17

    24.

    Florida State

    47-16

    66

    22

    25.

    Hawaii

    44-9

    44

    23

    Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

    Dropped Out: None
    New to Poll: None

    Others receiving votes: Notre Dame (24); Syracuse (23); Kentucky (20); Georgia Tech (18); Virginia Tech (17); Tulsa (14); Texas Tech (12); Mississippi State (9); Oregon State (8); Northwestern (7); Oklahoma State (3); Central Florida (3); South Alabama (2); UMASS (2); BYU (1)