Missouri softball team 14th in preseason ranking

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 9:50 p.m. CST; updated 10:25 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 21, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team has earned a No. 14 ranking in the Division I preseason poll by USA Today and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. It is the Tigers' fifth consecutive preseason ranking in the nation's top 15.

Seven other Southeastern Conference teams — No. 1 Tennessee, No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Alabama, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 17 LSU and No. 23 Georgia — are also in the top 25, making the SEC the nation's leading conference.

The Tigers finished 38-14 overall and 15-8 in the SEC last season and advanced to the team's sixth consecutive NCAA Super Regional appearance. They ended the season ranked No. 11 by the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll.

Missouri begins its 2014 season with the Black & Gold Exhibition on Feb. 8 at Devine Practice Facility.

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