Tide Picked Second

The Alabama softball team was picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference Western Division by the league's coaches in the SEC preseason poll released on Monday.

Tennessee was the unanimous pick to win the 2007 Southeastern Conference Softball regular-season and Eastern Division titles with 10 of the 11 first-place votes. Florida received the other first-place vote and is listed third in the Eastern Division behind Tennessee and Georgia. LSU was selected to win the Western Division.

In the Eastern Division race, Tennessee tallied 10 points and 10 first-place selections. Georgia was second with 21 points, while Florida was third with 26 total points, including a first-place vote. They were followed by South Carolina with 39 points and Kentucky with 44.

LSU narrowly edged Alabama for first place in the Western Division. The Tigers tallied 14 points, while the Crimson Tide had 15 points. Auburn was selected third, with 30 points, while Arkansas was picked fourth with 37 points. The coaches tabbed Mississippi State to finish fifth with 49 points, while Ole Miss was voted to finish sixth, with 50 points.

Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5 basis for the Eastern Division and on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Western Division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team, with 10 votes counting as a unanimous vote.

The 2007 SEC Softball Tournament will be held May 10th-12th at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala. Alabama begins its season Feb. 9-11 when they head to San Marcos, Texas for the Texas State Tournament. The following weekend will mark the first home action for the Crimson Tide as they host The Hampton Inn Bama Bash!

Conference Champion: Tennessee (10), Florida (1)

Eastern Division:

1. Tennessee (10 points)

2. Georgia (21 points)

3. Florida (26 points)

4. South Carolina (39 points)

5. Kentucky (44 points)

Western Division:

1. LSU (14 points)

2. Alabama (15 points)

3. Auburn (30 points)

4. Arkansas (37 points)

5. Mississippi State (49 points)

6. Ole Miss (50 points)

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