In addition to appearing in the preseason National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason poll, Michigan and Northwestern also received votes in the first ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings, released on Tuesday. The Wolverines appear at No. 13 after ending the 2012 campaign as the 15th ranked team in the nation, while the Wildcats are among other squads also receiving votes. Michigan appears at No. 15 in the NFCA rankings, while Northwestern is receiving votes from the coaches.