Softball ranked 7th in NAIA preseason poll

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The Shorter Lady Hawks finished atop the SSAC last season.

The Shorter Lady Hawks finished atop the SSAC last season.

Jan. 30, 2008

Rome, Ga. - In the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Preseason Softball Poll released today, the Shorter College Lady Hawks placed seventh with 224 points, up two from their final standing last season.

In the NAIA poll, the defending national champion, the Oklahoma City University Stars earned 12 of the possible 13 first place votes and 324 total points, to come in first. They were followed by California Baptist, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) and Simon Fraser.

The Lady Hawks begin their season on February 16 at home, taking on Tennessee Wesleyan College in a doubleheader at the Alto Park Softball Complex. After an away game at Covenant on Feb. 19, the Lady Hawks will compete in their first of four tournaments this season as they travel to the Faulkner Invitational. On Feb. 26, Shorter will play their first conference game, at home against Brewton-Parker College.

In only their fourth season last year, the Shorter softball team made the nation take notice by carrying a 23-game win streak and jumping into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' top ten national ranking. After a regular season record of 50-12, they were the Region 13 runner-ups, they received a bid to the 2007 NAIA National Tournament and worked their way up to number six in the national poll.

At the end of the season, they had compiled a 25-3 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference to clinch the 2007 Regular Season Championship. They led the SSAC in 11 categories, had seven members on the All-Conference team, three members on the All-Region team, and one NAIA All-American selection. In addition, coach Melanie Carter was named the conference coach of the year, the region coach of the year, and, along with Assistant Coach Al Thomas, won the NFCA-NAIA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

The first regular season poll will be released on Wednesday, March 19.

For complete poll standings, click here.

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