FOREST, Va. – In preseason polling conducted by the conference office, the Bridgewater Eagles softball team was tabbed to finish third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) during the 2013 season.
Last season, the Eagles upended Lynchburg in the opening round before taking down Virginia Wesleyan twice to advance to the championship round of the ODAC Tournament at the Moyer Complex in Salem, Va. The Eagles fell to the Roanoke Maroons in the championship game to see their season come to an end.
During the course of the 2012 campaign, the Eagles rolled up a 33-12 overall record and were ranked as high as 15th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Poll during the course of the season. Bridgewater knocked off 10th-ranked Coast Guard at the Rebel Spring Games last season as part of a stellar Spring Break trip to Kissimmee, Fla.
Just two points separate the first and second positions in the 2013 ODAC Softball Preseason Poll, as Virginia Wesleyan College secured the #1 rank with seven first place votes and 96 total points. Roanoke College sits second, having received the remaining four top nods and 94 tallies. Bridgewater College caps the top three while Randolph-Macon and Shenandoah round out the top five.
Bridgewater opens the 2013 season on February 23 when it travels to Atlanta for the 3N2 Invitational at Emory University. The Eagles will tangle with Mississippi College in the opener at 12 p.m. before battling perennial regional power Emory in the second game of the day.
2013 ODAC SOFTBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes first place votes
1. Virginia Wesleyan (7) 96 pts.
2. Roanoke (4) 94 pts.
3. Bridgewater 82 pts.
4. Randolph-Macon 65 pts.
5. Shenandoah 61 pts.
6. Lynchburg 58 pts.
7. Eastern Mennonite 54 pts.
8. Randolph 33 pts.
9. Guilford 31 pts.
10. Emory & Henry 21 pts.
11. Sweet Briar 10 pts.