Michigan and Northwestern are receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25, which was released on Tuesday afternoon. Both the Wolverines and Wildcats advanced to the postseason a year ago, with Michigan advancing to the Super Regional round. Michigan opens the year at No. 15 in the rankings, while Northwestern is among other squads also receiving votes.
First pitch of the 2013 softball season is scheduled for Feb. 8.