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Missouri softball predicted to finish second in SEC East

By Kelsie Heneghan
January 28, 2013 | 7:09 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA – In the annual preseason poll, the Southeastern Conference coaches predict the Missouri softball team will finish second in the Eastern Division this season behind Tennessee.

The USA Today coaches' poll last week put Missouri at No. 8 in the nation.

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Despite the high rankings, sophomore Corrin Genovese says she knows the team can’t let up at practice.

“We got a good ranking to start off with and that just shows that we actually finally have some respect from other teams, but we have a lot of work to do,” Genovese said. “We’re not anywhere near where we want to be yet.”

In the poll, Alabama, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation, is predicted to win the Western Division and the conference title.

Missouri's move to a more competitive conference, which includes seven nationally ranked schools compared to three from the Big 12, doesn’t weigh too much on coach Ehren Earleywine’s mind. 

“It will be the exact same. We’re just going to play softball,” Earleywine said. “The only thing that is different is we have to travel a lot farther."

The Tigers begin their season at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 with the annual Black and Gold intrasquad game at University Field. Conference play begins March 8.