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January 24, 2005

USI softball picked to finish fifth in GLVC

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana softball team was picked to finish fifth in the GLVC this season in a vote done by the league coaches. The Screaming Eagles received 69 points in the poll.

USI, which is coming off a 26-24 campaign in which it finished fourth in the GLVC regular season standings with a league mark of 10-7, finished third in the GLVC Tournament last season. The Eagles return four starters and eight letter winners from the 2004 squad, including All-GLVC performers Sunny Oelling (Sr., OF, Valparaiso, Indiana) and Lisa Anderson (So., C/DP, Chesterton, Indiana).

Defending regular-season champion Northern Kentucky University was the unanimous choice to win the conference title in 2005. The Norse, who received the maximum 100 points and 10 first-place votes, return all nine starters, including the nation’s top pitcher in junior Krystal Lewallen, from a squad that was 54-7 overall, 19-1 in the GLVC, and that advanced to the NCAA II Championships.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville received one first-place vote and 85 points to edge defending GLVC Tournament champion Lewis University for second in the poll. Both teams were in the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Tournament a year ago.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside received 73 points to edge USI for fourth in the preseason poll, while the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Indianapolis, and Bellarmine University were picked sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively. Quincy University, Saint Joseph’s College, and Kentucky Wesleyan College rounded out the poll.

USI begins the season February 25 when it competes in the Owl Classic in Kennesaw, Georgia.

2005 GLVC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

    School (first-place votes)...........Pts
 1. Northern Kentucky (10)...............100
 2. SIU Edwardsville (1)................. 85
 3. Lewis................................ 82
 4. Wisconsin-Parkside................... 73
 5. Southern Indiana..................... 69
 6. Missouri-St. Louis................... 49
 7. Indianapolis......................... 44
 8. Bellarmine........................... 38
 9. Quincy............................... 32
10. Saint Joseph’s....................... 23
11. Kentucky Wesleyan.................... 10


Dan McDonnell,
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