UAM Softball Picked 7th In GAC Preseason Poll

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UAM Sports Information

RUSSELLVILLE – The Great American Conference softball coaches have selected the University of Arkansas at Monticello to finish seventh in the preseason poll released Wednesday.

The Blossoms are returning six starters from last year’s 28-30 finish, including junior all-conference outfielder Kali Piha, who led the team in homeruns (10) and runs batted in (39) during the 2014 season.

tv Sports reflection 10dbOther starting position players returning include sophomore infielders McKenzie Rice and Korie Parker, senior first baseman Sydni Tipton and senior designated player Lacy Blanchard. Right handed pitcher Katie Slaughter returns for her senior season after posting a 15-13 record with a 3.30 earned run average in 35 appearances last year.

Alvy Early, entering his 19th season as UAM’s skipper, has brought in 15 newcomers to this year’s squad. Early has built a 655-346-2 career record during his career with the Blossoms’ softball team and will be looking to bounce back from just his second season with a sub-.500 record.

The 2015 season starts February 7-8 in Arkadelphia at the Ronnie Hawkins Invitational. UAM’s first home games are February 21-22 in a four-game Great American Conference series against Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Defending regular season champion Southeastern Oklahoma State was selected as the preseason favorite with seven first place votes. Last year’s tournament champion, Southern Arkansas came in second with two first place votes.

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