Arizona Softball ranked seventh to start 2018

Arizona Softball ranked seventh to start 2018

TUCSON, AZ - Arizona is ranked seventh to start the NCAA Softball season in both the USA Today./NFCA Division I Preseason Coaches Poll as well as the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.

The No. 7/7 ranking is UA's highest preseason selection since being ranked No. 2/1 prior to the 2011 season.

This marks the second consecutive top-10 selection in the preseason for the Wildcats, who were picked No. 10/12 in 2017.

UA finished the season ranked No. 9 in both polls last year after a 52-9 season and Pac-12 Championship.

Two-time defending champion Oklahoma will begin the season ranked No. 1 for the second straight year in both polls.

Pac-12 foes Oregon, Washington and UCLA are all ranked ahead of the Wildcats to start 2018.

The four Pac-12 teams ranked in the top seven of this year's NFCA Top 25 mark the most since 2006.

You can read more about the rankings at ArizonaWildcats.com.

Arizona opens the 2018 season next Friday, Feb. 9 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.

UA will face Northwestern and Oklahoma State on opening day in a pair of games televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.