Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Warriors slated seventh in coaches’ preseason poll

The Warriors are picked seventh in the MAC Commonwealth Coaches' Preseason Poll.

(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After winning a program-record 24 games in 2017, the Lycoming College women’s softball team is predicted to finish seventh in the MAC Commonwealth Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the conference office in Annville, Pa., announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30.


Messiah tops the poll 62 points and six first-place votes. Defending champion Widener finished second with 54 points and two first-place votes. Lebanon Valley garnered 48 points for third-place, while Arcadia earned 46 points and the other first-place vote. Hood (32), Albright (28), Lycoming (23), Alvernia (16) and Stevenson (15) round out the poll.

The Warriors finished 2017 with a 24-14 overall record, reaching the 20-win mark for the second straight year, the second time in program history the team has done so and the first since the 1995-97 squads. Lycoming also posted a 7-9 MAC Commonwealth record last season, the most conference wins since the 2011 team won eight.

The team returns seven starters, including two-time defending MAC Commonwealth Honorable Mention outfield selection senior Ashley Schoenstadt (Gap, Pa./Pequea Valley) and senior pitcher Rachael Shady (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain), who has won 23 games the last two seasons. Schoenstadt hit .331 with 41 hits, 23 RBI, 22 runs, seven doubles, four triples and a home run. She also led the team with eight stolen bases. Shady, a 2016 MAC Commonwealth Honorable Mention selection, went 13-8 on the mound with 133.1 innings pitched, 84 strikeouts and a 2.15 ERA. She was also second on the team with a .385 batting average. She also had 45 hits, 29 runs scored, 21 RBI, eight doubles and two home runs.

The Warriors begin the 2018 season on Monday, March 12, with the first of eight games at the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., against Emory & Henry at 9:30 a.m.


2018 MAC Commonwealth Coaches’ Preseason Poll

Rank
Team
Points
(1st Place Votes)
1
Messiah
62
(6)
2
Widener
54
(2)
3
Lebanon Valley
48
4
Arcadia
46
(1)
5
Hood
32
6
Albright
28
7
Lycoming
23
8
Alvernia
16
9
Stevenson
15

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