W&J Softball Picked Ninth In Preseason PAC Coaches Poll
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College softball team was selected to finish ninth in the 2012 Presidents’ Athletic Conference preseason poll conducted by league’s head coaches released on Thursday.
Bethany was chosen to repeat as champion after receiving 8-of-10 first-place votes. Geneva was picked to finish second after picking up one first-place vote, while Thomas More, which took the final first-place ballot, was selected third. In fourth was Waynesburg, followed by Westminster, Saint Vincent, Thiel, Grove City, W&J and Chatham.
Fifth-year Head Coach Nicole Vitello’s squad is coming off a 7-22 season and returns seven letter winners, including All-PAC performer Kelsey Cunningham (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township).
As a freshman, Cunningham was named to the All-PAC second team after leading the Presidents in batting average (.380), doubles (10), total bases (48) and on-base percentage (.411). Her batting average ranked seventh in the PAC, while her 10 doubles tied for fourth among league hitters.
W&J opens its season at the Salisbury (Md.) Tournament on March 9th. The Presidents face Baruch (10:00 am) and the host Sea Gulls (2:00 pm) on the first day of the tournament and King’s (12:00 pm) and Stevenson (2:00 pm) on March 10th.