- Southern Illinois at Edwardsville is the favorite to claim the
Great Lakes Valley Conference softball championship, the league
announced Wednesday in its preseason poll.
SIUE, the defending
GLVC champion, collected 142 total votes and 10 of the 13 first-place
votes from league coaches in the preseason poll. Southern Indiana
claimed 126 total points and two first-place votes in the poll to
finish second behind SIUE. Lewis picked up the final first-place
vote and placed third in the poll with 120 total points.
University garnered 113 total points and is ranked fourth in the
poll. The Norse posted a 41-21 overall record last season and advanced
to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament for the
fifth consecutive year.
NKU will feature
sophomore pitcher Amanda Smith, who batted .317 in 2006 with two
home runs and 32 runs batted in. Smith also posted a 24-12 record
in the circle for the Norse with a 2.27 earned run average.
Jenny Weis returns after batting .322 with three home runs. Sophomore
Katybeth Coode hit .321 with two home runs and 11 doubles last year,
and sophomore outfielder Shatona Campbell (five home runs, 29 RBI)
is also back. Senior infielder Becky Napier, limited to 12 games
last year due to injuries, adds experience to the lineup.
NKU opens the
season Feb. 9 against Arkansas Tech at the North Alabama Tournament
in Florence, Ala.
The GLVC Tournament will be held on May 4-6 at the EastSide Centre
in East Peoria, Ill.
total points (first-place votes)
1. SIU Edwardsville 142 (10)
2. Southern Indiana 126 (2)
3. Lewis 120 (1)
4. Northern Kentucky 113
5. Indianapolis 103
6. UW-Parkside 86
7. Missouri-Rolla 84
8. Saint Joseph’s 58
9. Bellarmine 46
10. Kentucky Wesleyan 44
11. Quincy 42
12. Missouri-St. Louis 35
13. Rockhurst 15