*2008 GLIAC Softball Coaches Preseason Poll Release* PDF

Krystle Bailey
Krystle Bailey and the nationally-ranked Ferris State softball team were chosen to tie for third place in the 2008 GLIAC Softball Coaches Preseason Poll.

The nationally-ranked Ferris State University softball team has been selected to finish tied for third place in the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Softball Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released Thursday (Feb. 28) by the conference office.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked 25th in the 2008 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Preseason Top 25 poll, received 79 points and one first-place vote. Ferris tied Gannon, which also picked up 79 points along with two first-place votes. Wayne State, the defending 2007 GLIAC co-champion, earned four of 10 possible first-place votes and garnered 94 points. The Warriors finished five points ahead of Grand Valley State, which recorded 89 points to go with four first-place votes. Ashland rounded out the top five in the 11-team poll with a 63-point total.

Each of the GLIAC's 11 head softball coaches ranked each of the conference teams, but weren't allowed to vote for their own squad. The first-place team on each ballot received 10 points while the second-place team earned nine points, etc.

The 2008 GLIAC Softball Tournament will be conducted May 2-4 at the Emerson Park Softball Complex in Midland, Mich., for the fourth consecutive year. The top eight teams with the best regular-season conference records qualify for the double-elimination league tourney.

Ferris State was picked fifth in the 2007 league poll with 67 points after attaining a second-place 88 points with three first-place votes in the 2006 poll.

Amanda Jager
Amanda Jager hopes to lead the Bulldogs this spring to a NCAA Tournament appearance for the second year in a row.

The Bulldogs, under 11th-year head coach Keri Becker, finished the 2007 season at 31-17 overall and made their fourth NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament appearance in the program's history. Ferris State closed out the 2007 campaign ranked 22nd in the NFCA's final Division II poll with 35 points. Ferris State welcomes back seven starters from last year's squad, including all-conference performers in junior pitcher-designated player Sarah Mueller (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia), junior outfielder-pitcher Amanda Jager (Kalamazoo/Comstock), junior catcher Krystle Bailey (Wyoming/Rogers), and junior pitcher-designated player Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone).

FSU opens the 2008 season and its 36th year of intercollegiate competition March 8-15 at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. Ferris' home opener is set for March 26 versus Aquinas in a non-league doubleheader at the FSU Varsity Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich., while the Bulldogs' conference opener will take place March 29 against Gannon with a home twinbill.

2008 GLIAC Softball Coaches Preseason Poll

Rank/School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Wayne State (4) 94
2. Grand Valley State (4) 80
3T. Ferris State (1) 79
3T. Gannon (2) 79
5. Ashland 63
6. Saginaw Valley State 54
7. Northwood 49
8. Mercyhurst 39
9. Hillsdale 27
10. Findlay 20
11. Lake Superior State 12

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