The Ferris State University softball team has been picked to finish fourth in the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) preseason poll as voted on by the league's coaches. The poll was released this Wednesday (March 10) by the GLIAC office.
Ferris State collected 57 points to finish fourth behind Wayne State (77 points), Ashland (71 points), and Saginaw Valley State (68 points). The Bulldogs, under 13th-year head coach Keri Becker, finished five points in front of fifth-place Grand Valley State (52 points).
Each of the GLIAC's 10 head softball coaches ranked each of the conference teams, but weren't allowed to vote for their own squad. The first-place team on each ballot received nine points while the second-place team earned eight points, etc.
The 2010 GLIAC Softball Tournament will be conducted May 7-9 at the Emerson Park Softball Complex in Midland, Mich., for the sixth consecutive year with winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Sub-Midwest Regional Tournament. The top eight teams with the best regular-season conference records qualify for the double-elimination league tourney.
Earlier this spring, FSU was listed among other teams to garner votes in the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll.
A season ago, Ferris State was chosen as the conference's preseason favorite with 78 points and six first-place votes. The Bulldogs would conclude the 2009 campaign with a 35-10 overall record and an 18-4 GLIAC regular-season mark while making their seventh NCAA Regional Tourney appearance in the program's history.
Ferris State began its 2010 season on Feb. 19-21 at the Alabama-Huntsville Charger Chillout and is currently midst a 14-game schedule at the Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference Softball Preseason Poll
Team (First-place votes) Points
1. Wayne State (6) 77
2. Ashland (2) 71
3. Saginaw Valley State (2) 68
4. Ferris State 57
5. Grand Valley State 52
6. Tiffin 32
7. Hillsdale 29
8. Northwood 28
9. Findlay 26
10. Lake Superior State 10