Coastal softball picked to finish fifth in conference

The Coastal Carolina softball team was selected to finish fifth in the Big South Conference Preseason Softball Poll, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Radford senior Nichole Beall has been named the Big South Conference Preseason Player of the Year and teammate Jackie Jenkins was chosen as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Chanticleers received 36 points including seven second place points and 12 third place points.

Radford garnered 61 points, six of which were first place votes, as they were selected to win the conference this season. The Highlanders ended last season with a 38-21 record making it to the conference title game falling to Liberty who was chosen to finish second in this years preseason poll, as the Flames amassed 47 points.

Charleston Southern received one first place vote and 40 points to take the number three spot, while Campbell finished just ahead of the Chanticleers with 38 points to take fourth. Finishing behind Coastal was Gardner-Webb who collected 26 points, Winthrop (25 points) and Presbyterian College rounded out the poll with 15 points.

Coastal opens the season on Saturday, Feb. 11 against George Washington at noon in the Chanticleers’ annual Kickin’ Chicken Classic. The Chanticleers return seven starters from last years squad, while eight newcomers have joined the program.

The Big South Softball Championship will take place May 10-13 on the campus of Radford University.

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