Coming off an NCAA postseason berth in the debut season of head coach Mark Cumpian, the TexAnns have been picked fourth in the annual Lone Star Conference preseason rankings.
"It's nice to be considered among the top four teams of this great softball conference, but these things mean absolutely nothing to us," said Cumpian. "They're a nice thing to kind of get the season started, but it's a lot of guessing based on what teams did last year. This is a new team and this is a new year. I'm excited to take the field with this team and hopefully finish a little higher than fourth by May."
Tarleton collected 257 total votes to finish 10 votes behind Texas Woman's for the No. 3 spot in the rankings and seven votes ahead of Cameron at No. 5. Angelo State claimed the top spot with West Texas A&M coming in at No. 2.
Rounding out the remainder of the poll is Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Midwestern State, Eastern New Mexico, UT Permian Basin, and Western New Mexico, respectively.
The TexAnns were 35-22 last season and earned a berth in the NCAA playoffs, making Cumpian the first rookie head coach in any sport in Tarleton's NCAA history to reach the national postseason in his rookie season. Tarleton returns four all-LSC selections - Haley Freyman, Nyka Wood, Meghann Wrinkle, and Maddie Quintanar - as well as LSC Gold Glove award winners, Wrinkle and Megan Durante, this season.
Tarleton will open the season with a trip to Durant, Oklahoma for six games in the Southeastern Oklahoma Invitational. The TexAnns will begin the season at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning against Arkansas Tech.