SEC Coaches Pick Tide Softball First

Patrick Murphy

Win the national championship and what does that get you from Southeastern Conference softball coaches? A narrow selection to win the next season's SEC title.



Last year the Alabama softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy became the first SEC school to win the national championship in softball. The Crimson Tide went 60-8. Bama has been ranked number one in the nation in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll for 2013.

One might think, then, that Alabama would be a runaway winner to win the SEC championship. Last year the Tide won both the SEC regular season and tournament championships before making it to Oklahoma City and winning the Women's College World Series and finishing with a 60-8 record.

The actual pre-season vote by SEC coaches was pretty close.

Bama received 8 of a possible 13 votes for the SEC title from league coaches with Tennessee getting the remaining 5 votes (Vanderbilt does not participate in softball).

The Lady Vols are the second-highest ranked SEC team in the preseason USA Today/NFCA poll at sixth.

The league will begin softball action February 7. Conference play starts March 8. The 2013 SEC Tournament will be held May 8-11 in Lexington, Ky.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Votes were 1 for first, 2 for second, etc. There were seven voters in the West, six in th East. Here are overall results in the poll of SEC coaches:

Conference Champion: Alabama (8), Tennessee (5)

WESTERN DIVISION

1. Alabama (12 points)

2. LSU (28)

3. Texas A&M (13

4. Arkansas (51)

5. Mississippi State (56)

6. Auburn (63)

7. Ole Miss (74)

EASTERN DIVISION

1. Tennessee (12)

2. Missouri (30)

3. Georgia (34)

4. Florida (38)

5. Kentucky (58)

6. South Carolina (65)

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