COLUMBIA —The Missouri softball team was ranked No. 7 in the latest preseason poll. The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll was released a week after the Tigers were ranked No. 8 on the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Assoiciation preseason poll.
Along with Missouri, seven other Southeastern Conferences teams were ranked in the poll, with Alabama taking the top spot. Tennessee and Georgia were also ranked in the top 10.
The Tigers ended the 2012 season ranked No. 11 and a 47-14 record after losing to Louisiana State in the Super Regionals.
Missouri returns to the field at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 for the annual Black and Gold intrasquad game. The game's location will be based on weather.
ESPN also announced its television softball schedule Tuesday, which will include four Missouri games:
at Alabama (ESPNU)
8 p.m. April 5 and 2 p.m. April 6
vs. Arkansas (ESPNU)
2 p.m. April 14
vs. Tennessee (ESPN)
6:30 p.m. May 5
ESPN will televise a record 44 college softball games this season, including the SEC Softball Tournament May 8-11 at the UK Softball Complex in Lexington, Ky.
Last season, Missouri's only regular season game televised on ESPN was a loss at Oklahoma. The Tigers also went 4-2 in the postseason on ESPN.