Softball season is just a few weeks away, and Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball team is getting some preseason love from the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association.

Louisiana is ranked #13 in the poll.  That makes them the highest ranked team in both the Sun Belt and the state of Louisiana.  South Alabama checked in at #20, with Western Kentucky also receiving a vote.  LSU is ranked 17th.

The Cajuns have a challenging schedule this season with #2 Oklahoma, #5 Michigan, #10 Texas, #18 Baylor and #25 USF on the schedule.  North Carolina, Houston and Hofstra, three teams receiving votes are also on the schedule.

The Cajuns open the season with the annual Louisiana Classics Tournament at Lamson Park.  Northern Iowa and Texas will be the opponents on Friday, February 7th.