SEC Softball coaches preseason poll released

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Auburn softball team was selected to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference for the 2018 season after a vote of the 13 head coaches in the league in the annual preseason poll.

The Tigers received 85 points through a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 point system. Florida was picked to win the league with 143 points and 11 first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Auburn finished second last year in the SEC with a 49-12 record, including 17-7 in league play. The Tigers also reached the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals for the third consecutive season.

The 2018 season gets underway for Auburn Feb. 8 against Marshall as part of the Plainsman Invitational at Jane B. Moore Field.

The Tigers kick off SEC play with a three-game series at LSU, March 9-11. Auburn’s first conference home series is against Alabama, March 16-18.

The 2018 SEC Softball Tournament will take place May 9-12 at the Mizzou Softball Stadium in Columbia, Mo.

2018 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Florida (11) 143

2. Tennessee (1) 119

3. Texas A&M 114

4. LSU 109

5. Alabama (1) 107

6. Auburn 85

7. Ole Miss 81

8. Kentucky 76

9. Georgia 49

10. Arkansas 39

11. Missouri 34

12. South Carolina 30

13. Mississippi State 28

First-place votes in parentheses

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