Razorbacks Earn Highest Preseason Predicted Finish In Team History

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Arkansas softball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference after a vote of the 13 head coaches in the annual preseason poll.

The Razorbacks, who received 97 points, will be competing in their fourth season under head coach Courtney Deifel. Arkansas advanced to its first NCAA Super Regional last season after hosting its first NCAA Regional at Bogle Park. The Razorbacks were picked to finished tenth last season and finished seventh with a 12-12 record. The finish was Arkansas’ highest since the conference ended the division format in 2014.

Arkansas’ SEC Coaches Preseason Poll History
2014 – 9th
2015 – 12th
2016 – 13th
2017 – 13th
2018 – 10th
2019- 5th

Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 basis. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. The 2019 SEC Softball Tournament will take place May 8-11 at Davis Diamond in College Station, Texas.

Arkansas is scheduled to begin play for the 2019 season Friday Feb. 8 in Lake Charles, Louisiana against Campbell and McNeese State. The Razorbacks will return to Bogle Park Feb. 21 against Southeast Missouri State.

2019 SEC Preseason Poll

Place School Points
1. Florida (10) 142
2. Georgia (2) 130
3. Tennessee 108
4. South Carolina 105
5. Arkansas 97
6. LSU 85
7. Kentucky (1) 81
8. Alabama 80
9. Auburn 69
10. Mississippi State 40
11. Texas A&M 32
12. Ole Miss 30
13. Missouri 15