FREELAND, Mich. – The Adrian College softball team was picked to finish tied for sixth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings this year, according to the preseason coaches' poll released on Tuesday, Feb. 7
Calvin was the unanimous choice to win the conference, collecting all eight possible first-place votes for a total of 64 points (eight points for a first-place vote, seven for second-place, etc.). Trine picked up the remaining first-place vote and earned 52 points to get second place. Hope was right behind the Thunder with 48 points, followed by Alma with 44 and reigning champions Saint Mary's are slated for fifth with 34 points. The Bulldogs are tied for sixth with Olivet, with 29 points. Kalamazoo (14) and Albion (10) round out the poll.
Adrian improved last season, finishing tied for fifth in the conference with an 8-8 record in MIAA play. The Bulldogs have a younger team this year, with only three seniors and 12 new players, 10 of which are freshmen. AC has won three MIAA Championships, with the last one coming in 1993. The Bulldogs' season starts on March 3 against York (Pa.) to kick off their spring break trip to Clermont, Fla. The Black and Gold will play 10 games in six days before returning to Michigan for their first homestand against Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday, March, 24 and Defiance on Monday the 25th.
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