Auburn Softball Third In SEC West In
Preseason Coaches' Poll
January 21, 2003
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn softball team was selected to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Western Division in the 2003 preseason coaches' poll released by the league office Tuesday. Auburn received 42 points, including one first-place division vote from the league's 11 coaches.
The Tigers are coming off a 2002 season in which they finished 38-27 overall, 15-15 in the SEC, and appeared in the first NCAA regional in school history. Auburn also finished third in the SEC West in last season's final standings.
LSU was voted to win the regular-season and Western Division titles, while Georgia was chosen to win the Eastern Division. In the overall voting, LSU was followed by Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. In the West, Alabama was second, followed by Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Points for the poll were awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis for the Eastern Division and on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the Western Division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
(First-place votes in parentheses)
LSU (5), Georgia (3), Alabama (1), Florida (1), South Carolina (1)
1. LSU (8) - 58
2. Alabama (2) - 51
3. Auburn (1) - 42
4. Mississippi State - 30
5. Arkansas - 27
6. Ole Miss - 17
1. Georgia (7) - 47
2. South Carolina (2) - 38
3. Florida (2) - 35
4. Tennessee - 26
5. Kentucky - 14
Auburn softball opens the season at the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 31-Feb. 2.