Alabama Named Preseason Favorite in SEC Softball Coaches’ Poll

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second-straight season, Alabama softball has been selected the preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference, earning nine of a possible 13 first-place votes in the 2021 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Thursday.

The Crimson Tide led the way with 138 points and nine first-place votes, just ahead of second-place LSU with 129 and third-place Florida with 125. Alabama has been the preseason SEC favorite in back-to-back years after winning the SEC regular-season title in 2019.

Seventeen players return from last year’s squad, including all seven of the Tide’s 2020 seniors, along with five newcomers. Alabama also enters the season ranked No. 8 in each of the preseason top 25 rankings released so far.

Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 basis. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

2021 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

1.Alabama (9)138
2.LSU (2)129
3.Florida (1)125
4.Tennessee (1)101
9.South Carolina68
10.Mississippi State43
11.Texas A&M30
12.Ole Miss15

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