Fighting Irish Athletics | January 28, 2015
The University of Notre Dame softball team officially achieved a preseason milestone never before seen in the illustrious 27-year history of the program on Tuesday. The Irish will begin a season ranked in both of Division I softball's major polls for the first time after being slotted 21st in the 2015 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Preseason Poll that was released by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball.
The No. 21 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25 marked the first time Notre Dame has ever been ranked in the initial poll during the 13-year history of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25. Notre Dame was previously selected as the No. 22 team in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Preseason Top 25 on Jan. 20, its first time ranked in the preseason coaches poll since 2003.
A total of 14 of Notre Dame's 36 scheduled opponents for the 2015 season were either ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25 or were among teams receiving votes. The Irish will square off with No. 5 Florida State (March 14-15), No. 6 UCLA (Feb. 6), No. 10 Georgia (Feb. 21), No. 14 Tennessee (Feb. 19), No. 17 Missouri (Feb. 27), No. 18 LSU (Feb. 14-15) and No. 25 Texas (Feb. 21) during the upcoming season.
Read more and see the complete list of rankings at Fighting Irish Athletics.