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Kentucky Softball Begins 2021 Ranked 13th in NFCA Coaches’ Poll

Wildcats one of nine ranked teams in the SEC to start 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Softball team was slotted at No. 13 in the initial release of the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association top-25 poll, it was announced by the organization on Tuesday morning.

Kentucky is one of nine teams from the Southeastern Conference to be ranked in the top-25 to start the season, paced by No. 5 LSU and No. 7 Florida. Also ranked from the SEC is Alabama (8), Georgia (14), Arkansas (18), South Carolina (19), Mississippi State (20), Missouri (23). UK is the fourth-highest ranked SEC team to begin the 2021 season.

Currently on the schedule, Kentucky is going to be playing 15 games against five teams ranked inside the top 20 of the initial poll.

The Wildcats season kicks off on February 12 in Homewood, Alabama with a three-game series against the Samford Bulldogs on the road.

 UCLA was the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, receiving all 32 first-place votes after finishing the 2020 condensed season with a 25-1 record, and still retaining its title as the 2019 defending national champions.

 2021 NFCA/USA Today Preseason Top-25 Coaches Poll

  1. UCLA (32)
  2. Washington
  3. Arizona
  4. Oklahoma
  5. LSU
  6. Texas
  7. Florida
  8. Alabama
  9. Louisiana
  10. Oregon
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Florida State
  14. Georgia
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Arizona State
  17. Michigan
  18. Arkansas
  19. South Carolina
  20. Mississippi State
  21. UCF
  22. Baylor
  23. Missouri
  24. Minnesota
  25. Duke

 For the latest on UK Softball, follow the Wildcats on Twitter and Instagram at @UKSoftball.

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