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Emporia State picked atop MIAA Preseason Softball Poll

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending MIAA regular season and tournament champion Emporia State has been picked No. 1 in the MIAA Preseason Softball Poll announced Wednesday. The Hornets have won eight of the last nine MIAA Tournament Championships.

The Hornets, who received 12 first place votes, went 42-11 last season and undefeated in MIAA play. ESU advanced to their ninth straight NCAA Division II South Central Regional where they fell in the regional championships. Their opponent in that game, Central Oklahoma, earns the No. 2 spot as well as taking three first place votes. They finished just one point ahead of 2012 MIAA runner-up Missouri Western who is No. 3 with 176 points.

Fort Hays State earns the No. 4 spot with 153 points, just ten ahead of No. 5 Pittsburg State. Washburn is in the No. 7 spot with 103 points while No. 8 Northwest Missouri registered 92 points. League newcomer Northeastern State has 83 points in the No. 9 spot while Nebraska-Kearney has 81 in the No. 10 spot.

Missouri Southern comes in at No. 11 with 77 points ahead of No. 12 Truman. Lindenwood received 52 points and the No. 13 spot in the poll. Just two points separate No. 14 Lincoln (25) and No. 15 Southwest Baptist (23). 

The season is scheduled to get underway on Feb. 2, 2013 when Washburn travels to a tournament in Monticello, Ark.

2013 MIAA Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Emporia State (12)             194
2. Central Oklahoma (3)         177
3. Missouri Western                176
4. Fort Hays State                   153
5. Pittsburg State                    143
6. Central Missouri                  128
7. Washburn                            103
8. Northwest Missouri               92
9. Northeastern State               83
10. Nebraska-Kearney             81
11. Missouri Southern              77
12. Truman                              68
13. Lindenwood                       52
14. Lincoln                               25
15. Southwest Baptist              23

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