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Denison Tabbed First in NCAC Softball Preseason Poll

Denison Tabbed First in NCAC Softball Preseason Poll

NCAC Softball Preseason Poll

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) softball coaches have selected Denison as the favorite based on voting for the annual preseason poll.

The Big Red were selected to finish first after collecting three first-place votes and 74 points overall. DePauw, who has won back-to-back NCAC Tournament titles, was tabbed second with four first-place votes and 73 total points. Wittenberg, who won back-to-back NCAC Championships in 2017 and 2018, was slotted third, picking up one first-place vote and 60 points overall. Allegheny (52) received the remaining first place vote for fourth while Ohio Wesleyan (45) rounded out the top five. Wooster (39), Kenyon (24), Hiram (19) and Oberlin (19) completed the nine-team field.

Denison returns infielder Emilie Fisher (Oregonia, Ohio/Clinton-Massie) who was tabbed an All-NCAC First-Team honoree last season. Pitcher Colleen Hoffman (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep) is back for her senior season after earning All-NCAC Second-Team honors in 2018. Outfielder Laura Bagan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and catcher Lindsey Clemson (Canton, Ohio/Jackson) also return to the diamond after All-NCAC performances last season.

Since the NCAC began sponsoring softball as a championship sport in 1998, five different teams have claimed conference championships. Denison leads the way in that grouping with eight titles (2001-03, ‘06, ‘07, 2009-11), while Allegheny (1998, ‘99, 2004, ‘08, ‘12) and DePauw (2013-16) have each captured five. Ohio Wesleyan (‘04, ‘05, ‘10) and Wittenberg (‘00, ‘17, ‘18) each have three. The NCAC instituted the conference tournament in 2001 to determine the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red have earned six tournament titles (‘01, ‘02, ‘06, ‘08, ‘10, ‘12), followed by Allegheny (‘04, ‘05, ‘07, ‘13) and DePauw (‘14, ‘15, ‘17, ‘18) with four while Hiram (‘09, ‘11) and Wittenberg (‘03, ‘16) each have two. 

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

 

 

2019 North Coast Athletic Conference
Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

SOFTBALL

1.

Denison (3)

74

2.

DePauw (4)

73

3.

Wittenberg (1)

60

4.

Allegheny (1)

52

5.

Ohio Wesleyan

45

6.

Wooster

39

7.

Kenyon

24

8.

Hiram

19

 

Oberlin

19