UT softball up to #4 in the country

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After an impressive start to the 2013 season, the Tennessee softball team moved up to No. 4 in both the USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, as announced by both the NFCA and the ASA/USA Softball on Tuesday.

In the USA Today/NFCA top 25, the Lady Vols (5-0) moved up two spots in the poll after starting the season at No. 6. In the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25, UT advanced one spot after starting the season at No. 5.

Alabama remained at No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA poll with 21 first-place votes. Oklahoma is second with 10 first-place votes. Arizona State climbed up one spot to No. 3. Florida made a big jump from No. 14 to No. 5, giving the SEC three schools in the top five.

Oklahoma took over as the new No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25. The Sooners have 12 first-place votes and started the season at No. 2. Alabama moved to No. 2 with eight first-place votes. Arizona State jumped up one spot to No. 3. Florida leaped from No.15 to No. 5. The SEC has five teams in the top 10 as Missouri stayed at No. 7 and Texas A&M went to No. 10.

The SEC has eight teams in the top 25 of both polls.

Tennessee will be back in action this week when the Lady Vols head to Tampa, Fla., to play in the USF 4 Team Tournament from Feb. 15-17. UT will play North Carolina State and Coastal Carolina on Feb. 15. The Lady Vols will face tournament host No. 12/12 USF on Feb. 16 followed by a semifinal game and either a finals game or consolation game on Feb. 17.