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Crusaders Tabbed Fifth in Preseason Poll
Karen Korb led the Crusader running attack last year, setting single-season and career stolen base records.
Karen Korb led the Crusader running attack last year, setting single-season and career stolen base records.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in fifth place in the Horizon League standings for the 2009 season in preseason polling by the league’s head coaches.

Head coach Randy Schneider returns 13 letterwinners from his 2008 squad which set a single-season school record with 30 victories.  Last year’s team also led the nation in stolen bases/game, averaging 2.57 swipes per contest.

Valparaiso received 39 points in the polling, which awarded nine points for a first-place vote.  Cleveland State was tabbed as the unanimous preseason favorite, with Loyola being projected second.  Wright State received the remaining first-place vote, while UIC was picked just ahead of the Crusaders.  Green Bay, Butler, Youngstown State and Detroit rounded out the voting.

Valparaiso opens the 2009 campaign at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Friday, February 27, taking on Sacred Heart and Missouri State.

 

Team

Points (1st place votes)

1.

Cleveland State

64 (8)

2.

Loyola

51

3.

Wright State

50 (1)

4.

UIC

45

5.

Valparaiso

39

6.

Green Bay

23

7.

Butler

22

8.

Youngstown State

21

9.

Detroit

9

 

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Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
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