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Softball Picked Seventh in Pre-Season Poll

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The MIAA has released its 2015 Pre-Season Softball Poll and the league's coaches voted Pittsburg State to finish seventh.

"This is a good jumping off point for us," Head Coach Elizabeth Economon said. "We know we have the potential to finish better than this and that is our goal. I am always excited about this poll coming out, not just because it gives us a gauge for the season, but primarily because it means the season opener is right around the corner."

Though Pitt State did lose All-American outfielder Tiffany Brown, the team returns All-American designated player McKenzie Rynard and All-MIAA honorees Cheslyn Mitchell (senior outfielder), Nicole Nease (sophomore catcher), Alex Perez (junior infielder) and Jordan Bradshaw (junior infielder). The Gorillas are primarily a vetran squad with seven returning juniors or seniors and three sophomores with considerable playing experience. The Gorillas also add two junior college transfers and five talented freshman, all with the potential to help the Gorillas immediately.

The Gorillas prowess was certainly their hitting last season. The team led the MIAA in slugging percentage, on base percentage and home runs and finished in the top three in batting average, runs scored, hits, RBI and walks. The area where the team most struggled was in their pitching. That is still an unknown for the 2015 season, as the Gorillas enter the season with an all new pitching staff, headlined by freshmen Emmie Robertson and Lynsey Conner and junior transfer from Johnson County Community College, Zoe Price.

The Gorillas will open the 2015 season at the Arkansas-Monticello Classic in Bentonville, Ark. on Feb. 13-15. The team will face Minnesota State-Mankato in the season opener at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. The home opener will be the following weekend, as the Gorillas take on Rockhurst at noon on Saturday, Feb. 21 as part of the four-team Pitt State Classic. The conference opener will be Tuesday, Feb. 24 against Southwest Baptist at 2 p.m. in Pittsburg.

2015 MIAA Softball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Emporia State
(12) 168
2. Central Oklahoma
(2) 156
3. Missouri Western 147
4. Central Missouri 119
5. Fort Hays State 113
6. Northeastern State 101
7. Pittsburg State 100
8. Northwest Missouri 94
9. Lindenwood 79
10. Washburn 67
11. Missouri Southern 46
12. Nebraska-Kearney 40
13. Southwest Baptist 31
14. Lincoln 13
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