Lady Vols Softball Opens Season No. 6 in National Polls

Tennessee softball is off to a great start this season, earning itself a consensus top-ten ranking.

The Lady Vols found themselves No. 6 in the three national polls (USA Today/NFCA Coaches' Poll, Softball Collegiate Top 25 and Softball America) at the end of the first week of the regular season as announced on Tuesday.

The Lady Vols are coming off a perfect 5-0 weekend at the Kickin' Chicken Classic in Myrtle Beach. UT's offense was dominant, outscoring its opponents 49-4.

The pitching was nearly perfect as well. The trio of Caylan Arnold, Ashley Rogers and Matty Moss all recorded wins. Arnold leads the staff with a 0.90 ERA while Rogers is the top freshman in the SEC with 22 strikeouts.

This week, Tennessee will head to Clearwater to take part in ESPN's inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. They'll face an elite field, including ten programs ranked in the Softball Collegiate Top 25 Pre-Season Poll.

The Lady Vols are scheduled to face three of those teams, including defending national champion Florida State.