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3/22/08 - Tyler

Patriots Softball Earns National Number One Ranking

The UT Tyler softball team has gone where no Patriots team has ever been, all the way to the top of the polls.

The Patriots are the unanimous number one team in the nation this week, according to the NFCA. The undefeated team has outscored the competition 206 to 40 in their first twenty games, and they have become the first UT Tyler team to ever reach the top of the polls.

"It's an amazing feeling," Patriots infielder Sara DeStefano said. "You know you're that one team that everybody's going out and trying to beat."

The national attention is even more impressive since this is the first season UT Tyler will be eligible for the playoffs. As a startup program, they were a provisional NCAA member until this season.

"We finally get that gratitude that everyone's acknowledging our hard work and talent that we haven't been able to get, since we weren't eligible for the playoffs," Patriots utility player Nicole Willhoite said.

The Patriots also have a twenty-six game winning streak, a school record.

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