The ranking marks the third time the Alabama softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy has debuted in the Top 10 in the preseason polls. Alabama started the 2001 season ranked fifth and sixth in 2004.
Bama started last season ranked 12th in the USA Today poll, its lowest ranking all season, and rose as high as sixth before finishing seventh at the end of the year.
"We are very excited about the upcoming season and I think this news will put a little extra into everyone's shoes today at practice," said Murphy. "We are honored of the respect given to our program. We do not take it for granted."
The SEC is represented by five different schools including Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn (17th) and Florida (19th). The LSU Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs are the only other conference school receiving votes.