UAB softball opens the season 21st in NFCA poll

UAB softball will begin the season as a Top 25 team for the first time in program history.

The Blazers are No. 23 in the USA Today/NFCA preseason top 25. UAB received 181 votes in the poll.

It's scheduled to face five ranked teams this season. The Blazers have road games at No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 18 Baylor and No. 23 Georgia. They play home-and-home series against No. 6 Alabama and No. 20 South Alabama.

UAB finished 40-19 last season and beat the NCAA Louisville Regional before falling in the Super Regional round at Florida.

The Blazers open 2014 against No. 20 South Alabama in Mobile on February 6.