Softball receives preseason ranking

The University of Louisville softball programed received a second preseason ranking in as many days. The Cardinals begin the season No. 18 in the 2014 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Preseason poll

Following another strong season and with an experienced group returning, the University of Louisville softball program was ranked No. 18 in the 2014 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Preseason poll on Tuesday.

Coach Sandy Pearsall's squad was ranked No. 13 in College Sports Madness preseason poll that was released on Monday.

The Cardinals finished the 2013 season ranked among the nation's top 25 with a 47-13 record.

U of L return eight letterwinners from that team, including 2013 All-America selection Katie Keller, All-BIG EAST team members: Whitney Arion, Caralisa Connell, Hannah Kiyohara, Rachel LeCoq and Maggie Ruckenbrod; and 2012 All-America selection Taner Fowler.

Louisville will open the 2014 season in Boca Raton, Fla., at the FAU "Kickoff" Classic Feb. 7-9.


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