The Queens University of Charlotte softball team is returning 11 players off of last year’s roster. The depth and experience combined with a talented freshmen class could bring great things for the upcoming year. The Royals are led defensively by two 2nd Team All-CVAC selections from last season. Senior shortstop Erin Crager and Outfielder Danielle Woodford will guide the Royals campaign to return the CVAC Conference Championship. Coach Ochoa’s depth will be key for this season; a balanced pitching rotation from 2005 returns, including Jennifer Churchill who was also a 2nd Team All-CVAC member and Meg Barker who earned 2005 CVAC All-Tournament Team honors. On the offensive side of the ball, Queens has good speed and 5 eager freshmen that plan to make immediate contributions. The Royals are coming off a great season earning a 2nd place finish at the CVAC Championship by losing to Coker in the tournament finals. The preseason ranking marks the first of such kind for Coach Ochoa in his 3 year coaching career at Queens University of Charlotte.
Belmont Abbey gets the nod for 3rd place in the preseason poll. In returning three NCAA All-Southeast Region players in Leigh Carter, Amy Sturch and Jessica Inman and CVAC All-Conference member Abby Threatt, there is reason for the Belmont Abbey women’s softball team to set lofty goals for this upcoming season. Also returning are three year starters Cameron Greene, Kelly Schafer, and Sara Rodgers. Although the team lost two CVAC All-Conference players from last year’s team, the Crusaders have added three transfers and five freshmen to their lineup. Erica Rutledge was a first-team all-conference player at
Rounding out the softball preseason poll 4-12 were: Erskine, Limestone,
(First place votes in parenthesis)