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Softball Tabbed to Finish Third in Preseason Poll

Softball Tabbed to Finish Third in Preseason Poll

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.

Bridgewater returns a number of veteran players to the team, including All-Region selections Kasey Anderson and Heather Jenkins. The Eagles earned 82 total points to sit comfortably in third place.

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.

(#) 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.