advertisement

Missouri softball voted No. 5 in preseason rankings

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 5:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team will begin their final season in the Big 12 Conference ranked at No. 5 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25. This is the highest the Tigers, the defending Big 12 champions, have ever been ranked in the preseason.

The ranking comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the Tigers were selected as the favorite to win the Big 12 in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Five other Big 12 teams were ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 including Oklahoma at No. 6 and Baylor, the team that eliminated Missouri from the College World Series last season, at No. 7.

The Tigers, led by two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year Ehren Earleywine, return 11 letterwinners from last year’s team including All-Big 12 selections Chelsea Thomas, junior outfielder Nicole Hudson, junior shortstop Jenna Marston and senior first baseman/outfielder Ashley Fleming. Thomas, a junior pitcher, and Fleming are also All-Americans.

Reigning national champion Arizona State received 19 of the 20 first-place votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Florida was the only other team to receive a first-place vote.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements