Pacific softball: Tigers Slotted Seventh In The Big West Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
After an injury riddled season in 2009 in which the Tigers went 3-18 in conference play and finished in eighth place, Pacific returns to the field eight letterwinners and five starters from last season. Joining the eight returning letterwinners, the Tigers have brought in five freshmen, one sophomore walk-on and a junior transfer from Baylor University.
Leading the way for the Tigers in 2010 are seniors Karie Wilson (Glendale, Ariz.) and Kellee Wilson (Tracy, Calif.) who each were named 2009 All-Big West honorable mentions after their junior seasons. Offensively, the Tigers will again look to junior Nicole Matson (Castaic, Calif.) to provide the power in the middle of the lineup after leading the team in home runs and RBIs last season despite suffering a lower leg injury that kept her out of games in the middle of the season and hampered her play throughout the year.
In the circle, Pacific will call upon the arms of sophomore Gabby McDaniel (Sacramento, Calif.) and junior transfer Shaina Brock (Derby, Kan.) to provide the bulk of the innings throughout the year. Freshman Nikki Armagost (Andover, Kan.) will also see time in the circle when not playing in the field for the Tigers as she enters her first collegiate season after being named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior last season at Andover High School.
Headlining the 2010 conference preseason poll is last season's champion Cal Poly who received four first-place votes and 56 points in the poll after finishing 2009 with a 41-12 overall record and an 18-3 conference mark. Perennial conference powers Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton finished right behind the Mustangs as the duo were picked second and third, respectively, as they were only separated by a single point despite the Titans receiving two first place votes. All three teams represented the conference in the NCAA tournament last season.
2010 BIG WEST PRESEASON
SOFTBALL COACHES POLL
No. Team Pts.
1. Cal Poly (4) 56
2. Long Beach State (1) 51
3. Cal State Fullerton (2) 50
4. UC Santa Barbara 43
5. Cal State Northridge (1) 28
6. UC Davis 25
7. Pacific 19
8. UC Riverside 16
First-place votes are in parentheses