Posted: Mar 26, 2013 3:51 PM
COLUMBIA -- The Mizzou softball team (17-2, 4-1 SEC) was ranked sixth and seventh in the country by the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 polls, respectively, the organizations announced on Tuesday. The rankings mark the eighth-straight week the Tigers were placed in the top 10, nationally.
The Tigers swept Georgia Tech in a home doubleheader on Saturday March 23, winning by five-inning, run-rule scores of 8-0 and 16-0. The Tigers racked up 17 hits and blasted five home runs over the two games, with senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas throwing for both victories.
Mizzou is joined in the top 10 of the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll by four fellow SEC schools: No. 3 Florida, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 Alabama and No. 9 Texas A&M. The entire poll can be viewed here.
The Tigers reside in the USA Today/NFCA poll's top 10 with the same four league opponents: No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 9 Texas A&M. The entire poll can be viewed here.
Head coach Ehren Earleywine led the Mizzou squad to a program-best 10-poll stay in the Top 10 rankings from the final poll of the 2009 season (June 9 - No. 8/8) to the Week 8 poll of the 2010 season (April 6 - No. 7/8).