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January 26, 2004

USI softball picked fifth by league coaches

The University of Southern Indiana softball team was picked to finish fifth in the GLVC by a vote of the league’s coaches. The Screaming Eagles, who were 29-18 overall and 13-7 in the GLVC last season, received 71 points in the coaches’ preseason poll.

Two-time defending GLVC champion Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was picked to win a third straight league title, while Northern Kentucky University and Lewis University were picked to finish second and third, respectively.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside edged the Eagles for fourth place, while the University of Indianapolis, Bellarmine University, Saint Joseph’s College, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Quincy University, and Kentucky Wesleyan College rounded out the poll.

USI, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Sue Kunkle, returns seven starters, including five first-team All-GLVC selections and four All-Region performers. That list includes senior catcher Kristen Houseworth (Martinsville, Indiana), senior shortstop Nichole Pike (Fairfield, Illinois), senior pitcher/utility Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana), senior second baseman Brooke Biggs (Osceola, Indiana), and junior outfielder Sunny Oelling (Valparaiso, Indiana).

The five combined for a .364 batting average, 121 runs batted in, 40 doubles, and 129 runs scored in 2003.

USI will begin the season with the Owl Classic in Kennesaw, Georgia, Friday, February 27. This season’s GLVC Tournament is slated to take place Friday, April 30, through Sunday, May 2, at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Illinois.

2004 GLVC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Pl. School (first-place votes).....Pts
 1. SIU Edwardsville (9)............99
 2. Northern Kentucky (1)...........86
 3. Lewis...........................74
 4. Wisconsin-Parkside (1)..........73
 5. Southern Indiana................71
 6. Indianapolis....................54
 7. Bellarmine......................46
 8. Saint Joseph’s..................41
 9. Missouri-St. Louis..............26
10. Quincy..........................25
11. Kentucky Wesleyan...............10
 

Dan McDonnell,
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