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Cats start where they left off

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Arizona Wildcat Softball was tabbed No. 13 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll, released Tuesday.

Arizona will begin the season where it ended last season - ranked 13th.

Defending champion Alabama is ranked No. 1 and received 25 of the 31 first-place votes. 2012 runner-up Oklahoma received five first-place votes and is preseason No. 2.

The Pac-12 occupies spots 3-through-5 with California, Arizona State and Oregon, respectively. Overall, seven of the nine Pac-12 teams are featured in the preseason poll including Arizona (13), Washington (16), UCLA (19) and Stanford (21).

In addition to the seven Pac-12 opponents the Wildcats will also face 2nd-ranked Oklahoma (twice), 10th-ranked LSU, 14th-ranked Florida, 15th-ranked Michigan. Additionally, UA will face Northwestern, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, all of which are receiving votes in the poll.

In total, 23 of Arizona's 56 games will be played against top-25 teams, including 12 top-10 squads.

Arizona begins its season Feb. 8 when it travels to Tempe for the Kajikawa Classic.

For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat Softball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com. Be sure to follow Arizona Softball on Twitter (@UA_Softball) and Facebook (ArizonaSoftball).

 

Rank	Team			2012 Record	Totals	Final 2012 Poll1	Alabama (25)		60-8		765	12	Oklahoma (5)		54-10		745	23	California (1)		58-7		704	34	Arizona State		53-11		684	45	Oregon			45-18		635	56	Tennessee		52-14		626	67	Texas			47-13		534	98	Missouri		47-14		496	119	Georgia			45-17		490	1010	LSU			40-25		475	711	Louisiana Lafayette	53-6		429	1212	USF			50-14		423	813	Arizona			38-19		406	1314	Florida			48-11		342	1815	Michigan		42-17		326	1516	Washington		39-19		316	1417	Texas A&M		41-18		296	1918	Louisville		55-5		255	1719	UCLA			36-20		216	2020	Hofstra			42-15		203	1621	Stanford		40-19		183	2122	North Carolina		43-15		102	2423	Hawai'i			44-9		89	2224	Baylor			34-22		80	RV25	Florida State		47-16		58	RV

 

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