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January 27, 2003

USI softball picked third in preseason poll

The University of Southern Indiana softball team has been picked to finish third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in a vote done by the league’s softball coaches. The Screaming Eagles received one first place vote and 80 points in the preseason poll as they nudged out Lewis University for the third slot.

Defending champion, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, received six first-place votes to finish first in the poll while Northern Kentucky University was slated to finish second in the league after receiving four first-place votes.

After making a run in the 2002 GLVC Tournament—USI lost in the deciding game for the GLVC Tournament championship—the Eagles have plenty of reason to believe 2003 will be a break-through season.

USI finished the 2002 season with a 31-18 overall record and a 10-7 mark in the GLVC. The Eagles return eight starters, including three All-GLVC and two All-Region selections, in 2003.

When the Eagles take the field in mid-February, they will be looking for their seventh-consecutive 30-win season.

GLVC Preseason Poll

Pl.School (1st-place votes).......Pts
1. SIU Edwardsville (6)...........95
2. Northern Kentucky (4)..........90
3. Southern Indiana (1)...........80
4. Lewis..........................79
5. Bellarmine.....................60
6. Wisconsin-Parkside.............53
7. Missouri-St. Louis.............42
8. Saint Joseph’s.................41
9. Indianapolis...................31
10. Quincy........................24
11. Kentucky Wesleyan.............10


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