Branndi Melero is one of 12 underclassmen on the 2013 Tigers' roster.
Jan. 28, 2013
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn softball has been picked to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference Western Division and 11th overall in the league in the SEC Preseason poll.
"I think this is will certainly get our team's attention," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Obviously we are a young team and this will be a motivating force for them. The Southeastern Conference is as good as it gets with more than half the teams in the league ranked in the top 25."
Youth is in abundance for the 2013 Tigers which have nine freshmen, tied for the largest freshmen class in program history, and no returning starting pitchers on the roster.
Auburn opens the 2013 season by hosting the Plainsman Invitational Feb. 8-10 at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers play 12 consecutive home games to open the season.
Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Eastern Division and a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 basis for the Western Division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Alabama led the way with eight out of 13 possible first-place votes, followed by the Tennessee Lady Vols with five first-place votes.
The league will begin softball action on Feb. 7, while conference play starts March 8. The 2013 SEC Softball Tournament will be held May 8-11 in Lexington, Ky. at the UK Softball Complex.
Conference Champion: Alabama (8), Tennessee (5)
1. Tennessee (12 points)
2. Missouri (30 points)
3. Georgia (34 points)
4. Florida (38 points)
5. Kentucky (58 points)
6. South Carolina (65 points)
1. Alabama (12 points)
2. LSU (28 points)
3. Texas A&M (31 points)
4. Arkansas (51 points)
5. Mississippi State (56 points)
6. Auburn (63 points)
7. Ole Miss (74 points)