Jan. 24, 2012
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and USA Softball preseason rankings were released on Tuesday, as the Bruins came in at 19th and 13th, respectively, in the two polls.
The Bruins received 235 points in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings to rank at 13th. In the USA Today/NFCA poll, UCLA had 247 points to rank 19th.
The Bruins are one of seven Pac-12 teams ranked in the preseason polls. Defending national champion Arizona State tops both polls. California is fourth in the NFCA and third in the USA Softball rankings, followed by Arizona (8/8), Stanford (9/10), Washington (12/14) and Oregon (16/11).
UCLA opens its 2012 season by hosting the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (Feb. 9-11) at Easton Stadium. The Bruins host Kentucky on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, both at 6 p.m., and then plays a doubleheader on Feb. 11 against Pacific (12 p.m.) and Kentucky (2:30 p.m.).