Another poll, another No. 1 ranking for Alabama’s softball team, which is the defending national champion.
The Crimson Tide landed in the top spot for the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate poll. Alabama received 13 of 20 first-place votes, while No. 2 Oklahoma got the remaining seven votes for the top spot. The Sooners finished runner-up to Alabama last season.
California is third, while Arizona State fourth and Tennessee fifth.
The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association/USA Today poll was released last week with Alabama at No. 1.
Also, the SEC released its preseason all-league team, and three Crimson Tide players made it, including senior Kayla Braud and juniors Jackie Traina and Kaila Hunt.
Braud is a two-time NFCA All-America selection and three-time All-SEC performer. She enters the season ranks second in Alabama history in batting average (.427), on-base percentage (.507) and stolen bases (144).
Traina, a two-time All-American and the reigning SEC pitcher of the year, led the country with 42 wins in 2012. Traina set the single season school records with 361 strikeouts along her 42 wins.
Hunt led the league with 21 home runs and 77 RBI en route to earning All-America honors last season.